Omorphi and A Broken Kind of Life – Different, but the Same by Cody Kennedy
Hey, Jamie! I’m excited about our party today on Harmony Ink’s Facebook page from 12-3p.m. Be there! CST! WE’RE GONNA ROCK THE HOUSE!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Jamie. Today I’m writing about why our books are DIFFERENT but SAME.
Our characters suffer very different forms of abuse. Your Aaron, in A Broken Kind of Life, suffers a single act so violent that his life is destroyed in a matter of hours. My Christy, in Omorphi, has lived years of abuse and knows nothing else. Yet both stories are about survival, self-resurrection, triumph, and how love can help guide the way.
No two victims will ever be the same, respond the same, or behave the same, but they are united in their determination to live to the fullest after the cruel thieving of their lives. You wrote the foreword for Omorphi, I wrote the foreword for A Broken Kind of Life, and our forewords tell how different our stories are, yet how very, very same.
Omorphi’s foreword written by J. P. Barnaby writing as Jamie Mayfield:
In the darkest depths of despair, on the razor’s edge of madness, a light appears—so bright it cannot be extinguished. And so it is in the heart of a sexually traumatized child. From the ashes of a broken spirit rises a new and fragile hope, a desperate need for acceptance and peace in an otherwise devastated and turbulent world. Boys like Cody Kennedy’s Christy and my Aaron are unique, not only in their shared horror, but in their common purpose—to be normal. They wish to live as others do in the belief that humanity is inherently good and in intrinsic defiance of their merciless and unforgivable experiences.
Omorphi, rather than being about pain and horrific abuse, is about recovery and hope. Throughout this amazing novel, I found myself cheering Christy’s bravery and his light which, through the darkness, showed clear, bright, and strong. I saw pond-image reflections of myself in his sexual confusion and excruciating need to be loved by Michael. It is in Christy’s honest self-reclamation that I, and maybe other readers, may find redemption.
Reading about someone else’s trauma, empathizing with their pain, is my therapy. Though Cody’s characters are fictional, their pain, confusion, joys and triumphs are very real. As someone who survived the devastating effects of sexual abuse, I can say with conviction that Cody’s prose captures the anguish in my heart and, through Christy’s self-reconstruction, gives me hope.
For those who, like me, live with the monster in their heads every minute of every day, I remind you that you are never alone. There are legions of children, no matter their ages, who stand beside you each day and tell their monster: “You will not break me.”
To Christy Castle, I say – let your light shine on, sweetheart.
J. P. Barnaby
Writing as Jamie Mayfield
June 10, 2013
Agapiménos mou Jamie,
Though their shadows remain a constant, dull roar in our minds and a loud whisper in our souls, every day our monsters quiet more. We have all but smote them and we are fierce now – more than we ever thought possible – in our determination to live life to the fullest. Let us hold hands and dance to the music of our new souls in the small peace we have made for ourselves.
O fílos sou gia pánta,
A Broken Kind of Life’s foreword written by Cody Kennedy:
Until you have endured the violation of abuse, whether by a single, violent act of cruelty or a chronic condition of suffering, you cannot know the meaning of self-loss. It isn’t only the obliteration of all of your belief systems; it is the annihilation of your human worth and the unrecoverable thieving of your self. Painful beyond description in myriad ways, debilitating, and tragic, abuse leaves everlasting, invisible scars. To say that you will recover from abuse, any kind of abuse, including bullying, is a myth. You can only survive and compensate for it when and if you are able.
Hi, I’m Cody Kennedy. It’s no secret that I love stories about hope. As the author of several stories about reclaiming yourself after abuse, I have always tried my best to find new ways to look at what makes each survivor unique and, at the same time, universal. Someone who we can relate to.
Wonderful, courageous, heartrending, and finely tuned to realism, A Broken Kind of Life tells the poignant tale of a young man’s devastation and self-resurrection from mere remnants of himself. Aaron is a gay teen who suffers a single, violent assault. Severely physically scarred, his emotions in ruins and his mind on the brink, Aaron is left adrift in a sea of unbearable humiliation, guilt, isolation, and worst of all, mind-numbing fear. Two years later, Aaron begins the lonely, agonizingly steep crawl up from the depths of hell. When a glimmer appears on the horizon in the form of a young man named Spencer, Aaron’s will to live is rekindled. Complex and broken in vastly different ways, Aaron and Spencer share a purpose: To live life to the fullest no matter their damage and to be loved for who they have become.
Jamie Mayfield puts himself boldly and unconditionally forward as a survivor of abuse and in this story bares but a fraction of what he endured. A master storyteller with a rare talent for grounding stories of survival in everyday reality, Jamie breathes new life into the fragile notion of hope by creating an extraordinary survivor in Aaron. He shows us that abuse doesn’t define us and we should never judge ourselves by what others have done to us. Please join me in lauding Jamie and Aaron. May their legacies endure and inspire past, present, and future survivors for generations to come.
Los Angeles, California
While our stories are fictional, they are based on real events. Read them. Enjoy them. They are stories about triumph. ROCK ON!
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy’s boyfriend would entail.
Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy’s combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.
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Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody Kennedy doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as: If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Cody’s Blog – http://www.ckennedyauthor.blogspot.com/
Cody’s Free Serial Story, Fairy – http://www.fairybycodykennedy.blogspot.com/p/about-fairy.html
Follow Omorphi’s blog tour for three chances to win an ebook copy of Omorphi!
September 9th – Pre-kick off post – Cody is a Featured Author on True Colorz and answers questions about penning Omorphi
September 15th – The Novel Approach – Pre-release Q&A with Cody and a chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi
September 18th – Author Will Parkinson – Will holds nervous Cody’s hand the day before Omorphi’s release because he promised to and Cody’s talks about Omorphi’s Cover and Bringing Omorphi to Life
September 19th – Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books – Cody writes Perils and Pitfalls of Post Production Public Relations and a SECOND chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi!
September 19th – Smile, Somebody Loves You – Announcement post and Cody shares Omorphi Trivia with Beverly and Tamara
September 20th – Author Shira Anthony – Why I write the kind of stories I do by Cody
September 21st - Author Jamie Mayfield – Why Omorphi and A Broken Kind of Life are Same but Different
Also on September 21st - Harmony Ink Press on Facebook: Meet Cody Kennedy and Jamie Mayfield
September 22nd – Cody’s Blog – Tony Edmondson, Fan Extraordinaire, interviews Cody
September 27th – Author Wade Kelly – Character Interview with Christy Castle
September 28th – Author Iyana Jenna – Fairy Fan Extraordinaire, Q&A with Christy Castle
September 29th – Author Zoe Lynn – The Notes Behind Omorphi’s Play List
October 4th - Sid Love’s Blog – Why the title Omorphi?
October 5th – Author Madison Parker – What makes Omorphi unique?
October 6th – Author John Ames – Q&A with Michael Sattler
October 11th – Boys on the Brink – Omorphi: Writing Sex and Violence in Young Adult works
October 12th – Author Jamie Fessenden – Cody shares Omorphi Trivia with Jamie
October 15th – Granny Irene – A week in the Life of Christy Castle before Michael Sattler
October 18th – Author Sara Alva – A week in the life of Michael Sattler before Christy Castle
October 19th – Author Sam Kadence – Cody Talks About Writing Action and the Suspension of Disbelief
October 20th – Cody’s Blog – Omorphi’s One Month Anniversary Trivia Contest and a THIRD chance to win an ebook copy of Omorphi – In order to enter this contest you must:
- have visited and commented on each stop on Omorphi’s Blog Tour – please be sure to leave your name and email address in your blog comment. “Anonymous” comments won’t qualify; and
- you must correctly answer the trivia questions posted on Cody’s Blog by placing your answers in the comments section beneath the questions; and
- along with your answers to the trivia questions, you must leave a comment about Omorphi’s Blog Tour.
The winner will be selected by Kismet, Cody’s greenwing macaw. The winner to be announced on October 21st.
To make things even more exciting, a new contest will begin on October 21st on The Novel Approach Reviews Blog to win an ebook copy of Cody’s novella, Safe, due out October 24th from Harmony Ink Press!
Get ready to read and win!