Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Tours virtual book tour for Cydney Daemon’s Post Apocalyptic Fantasy novel Chaos! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main characters of the book!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of Chaos for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Chaos by Cydney Daemon
Series: Chaos #1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Upper YA – Adult
Published: September 1, 2022
Publisher: Self Published
All things are not as they seem . . .
After nearly everyone with special abilities abandoned the world, Hallenwood is one of the few cities to remain standing.
Kade Reed has been doing his best to survive the city and raise his younger siblings. When Kade is murdered, four students must decide whether to let the world burn or to fight to keep hope alive. Elsey Hallen is an angry loner who has to deal with more scars than most. Henry Adamson is an addict trying desperately to keep his monsters buried. Charlotte Marion is a determined athlete tired of living in a world running on fear and despair. Wesley Reed is just trying to raise his younger sister and build a future for himself while mourning the loss of his brother.
As they come together, they start to recognize there may be more to all the darkness and desperation haunting the city. Uncovering secrets involving evil cults and the ancient mythology behind their special abilities, they find themselves faced with an enemy hellbent on their destruction.
What music do you listen to?
Elsey: Why do you want to know?
Henry: Mostly classical because it silences the chaos in my head … mostly … sometimes … kind of.
Charlotte: I listen to anything, but I usually listen to pop, alt-pop, or R&B.
Wesley: I’ll listen to anything as long as it’s not opera or something that makes my ears feel like bleeding.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Henry: Whiskey, books, and my roommate, although it seems a little rude to be calling him an item.
Elsey: By roommate, he means his cat.
Henry: Also, can there be a fourth item? Because if so, I have one, but again, not really an item.
Charlotte: My dad even though he’s not an item, my necklace, and Wes’s hoodie.
Wesley: The essentials: food, water, and shelter.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Henry: I’m going to say whiskey or a good book, but that’s only because if I try to say what I really want, my mouth will forget how to form words.
Elsey: *stares at Henry in confusion*
Wesley: A working radio transmitter so I could contact someone to be rescued if I wanted.
Charlotte: A working boat.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Henry: People making assumptions about me.
Wesley: People acting impulsively. *shoots a pointed look at Henry*
Charlotte: People being judgmental or rude.
What do you do in your free time?
Henry: Either read or make bad decisions. It’s a toss-up really.
Elsey: None of your business.
Wesley: Watch movies with Charlotte, color with my sister, or study.
Charlotte: I usually watch movies with Wes or my dad, or I hang out with my friends.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Henry: Again, I shall default to whiskey because words are hard.
Wesley: Telling myself that if I don’t get up, my sister will attempt to make food on her own, and I’ll be left to clean up the disaster left in her wake.
Charlotte: Either thinking about seeing Wes or realizing my dad worked late and needs someone to fix him breakfast.
Elsey: *stares in silence*
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Elsey: I’m not good at taking advice.
Wesley: My parents liked to tell me and my brother, no one will have our backs if something happens, so we have to be able to have our own.
Charlotte: My dad always tells me not to judge other people because we don’t know what they’re going through or what led them to make their choices.
Henry: I couldn’t tell you mostly because I’m drawing a blank, and I probably wouldn’t take it anyway.
What do you carry in your bag?
Henry: I don’t have a bag, but in my pockets, we have a flask, a pill bottle, an envelope that no one here needs to look at for any reason at all, some lint, my phone, and another pill bottle? Oh no, sorry, that’s the same one.
Elsey: You don’t need to know that.
Wesley: Right now, my bookbag has a couple of textbooks, a notebook, a few pens, and a book about the biology of big cats and the various ecosystems where they live.
Charlotte: My tote has a couple of textbooks, a notebook, a pencil case, and a pair of shorts and a T-shirt to change into for track practice.
What’s your favorite animal?
Wesley: Vultures are my favorite. They’re really misunderstood and judged, but they’re great for the environment. They’re intelligent and social. They’re one of the few animals known to use tools, and their digestive system contains special acids that can dissolve anthrax, botulism, and cholera bacteria.
Charlotte: I like birds too, but I don’t really have a favorite.
Henry: Cats are objectively the best animals, and any other answer is wrong.
Elsey: *pretending to ignore you*
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Wesley: Charlotte is sweet, pretty, anxious, funny, smart, and strong, but she does have a tendency to be very impulsive. Henry is all impulses and no thought. Elsey is if anger took on human form.
Charlotte: I think Wes is very handsome, smart, strong, and nice and really kind. He also makes me laugh and makes me feel safe, and he gives the best hugs. I don’t really know enough about Henry to feel like I can form an opinion about him, but he seems nice and laidback, if not a little chaotic and annoying at times. *glances at Elsey* Elsey seems complicated.
Henry: Wes – smart but in denial about his issues. Charlotte – a ball of anxiety. Elsey – the angel of death, and that’s all I’ll say.
Do you have favorite saying?
Elsey: Fuck off.
Henry: Fuck me.
Charlotte: *stares at Henry, Elsey, and Wesley and shakes her head* I don’t really have one.
What is your favorite holiday?
Henry: Christmas and someone’s birthday.
Elsey: Birthdays aren’t holidays.
Henry: They are to me.
Wesley: I don’t really celebrate holidays because that’s more of a rich person thing.
Charlotte: I don’t really celebrate holidays either because we don’t really have that kind of money, but I try to do something nice for people on their birthdays or whenever I can really.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
Henry: I would tell you if my brain didn’t conveniently forget how to sound out the words.
Wesley: I mean the entire world is shit really, so it’s not like it would really matter. As long as Charlotte’s with me, I’ll be happy.
Charlotte: *blushing* I would like to see more of the world, but I’m not sure where I’d go. I’m just curious about how things differ from Hallenwood and Brookhaven since those are the only cities I’ve lived in or even seen.
What do you do to relax?
Elsey: Why do you want to know that?
Henry: Read, drink, engage in other fun activities that I probably shouldn’t advertise.
Wesley: Watch movies with Charlotte and spend time with her or my sister. I also find it relaxing to research and study stuff about animals and the environment and the changes that have happened in our world over time and with everything that’s happened.
Charlotte: I either watch movies with Wes or with my dad, or I run. Running helps me feel a lot calmer and more relaxed.
What is your favorite food?
Wesley: Pizza. But I like all food, but pizza is the superior food.
Henry: Mac and cheese, the cheap kind from the box. The unhealthier the better.
Elsey: *ignores you*
Charlotte: I like a lot of different foods, but I don’t really have a favorite that stands out. I’ve just never given it much thought.
What is your favorite season?
Henry: All of them for various reasons. I like summer because classwork and homework are my greatest downfall. But I like fall, winter, and spring because going to school also has its benefits. One benefit. There’s only one good thing about school.
Elsey: None of them.
Wesley: I prefer summer only because I’m not a big fan of the cold.
Charlotte: I don’t really have one. It’s just not something I’ve ever considered. I guess I like summer because I’m also not a big fan of school, but I do like being on the track team at school, so maybe not.
How would you define happiness?
Elsey: I wouldn’t.
Wesley: Anytime I feel joy or at peace. So, when I’m hanging out with Charlotte.
Charlotte: *blushing* I agree. The times I feel happiest or most at peace are when I’m hanging out with Wes, either just watching a movie and cuddling or just talking about anything.
Henry: Happiness is a mystery.
What are you passionate about?
Henry: Everything and everyone I care about. Probably too much.
Wesley: My future, science, and protecting my sister and Charlotte.
Charlotte: Other than my relationships, I’m not really sure. I’m still trying to figure that out.
How do you feel about your government?
Henry: What government?
Wesley: If you’re talking about the rich assholes who own the city, I hate them and think they’re greedy bastards who could actually do something to save everyone, but instead they make small moves to benefit themselves and pat themselves on the back while the rest of us have to decide whether we want to pay to have clean water, pay rent, or afford to buy food so we don’t starve.
Charlotte: Wes, Elsey and Henry are right here.
Elsey: He’s not wrong.
Henry: I’m still confused about if our parents are a government.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
Charlotte: I’d like to see people actually doing something to fix it.
Henry: I can’t say what I’m really thinking, so I guess for there to be less murder unless it’s justified.
Wesley: Bring my brother back to life.
What’s your biggest secret?
Henry: Well, I have a few, and if I try to say any of them, my mouth will stop working and so will my lungs.
Wesley: Secrets are secrets for a reason.
Charlotte: I’d rather not talk about it.
What do you hate?
Wesley: How much time do you have?
Henry: That’s a long list, but the number one on that list would be my dad.
Elsey: A lot of shit.
Charlotte: There’s so much pain and fear in the world, and so many people are content to do nothing or to sit back and give up.
What’s your biggest fear?
Elsey: Why do you want to know?
Wesley: Something happening to people I love or letting my sister down.
Charlotte: It would have to be losing my dad or Wes.
Henry: Never being happy or hurting the people I care about.
What do you think your best quality is?
Elsey: That’s easy. I don’t have one.
Charlotte: I guess I’m nice, and I tend to make friends easily.
Wesley: My intelligence and my ability to stay calm under pressure.
Henry: Okay, that last parts a lie. My best quality is my wit and my fantastic sense of humor.
Wesley: *shakes his head*
How would you describe the world you live in?
Charlotte: It’s a nightmare.
Wesley: A violent landscape of endless pain.
Henry: Hell on earth.
Elsey: Fucked up.
About the Author
Cydney Daemon, first and foremost, is a human being. She is definitely not a demon of chaos taking human form in order to collect as many books, black cats, and items of gothy wonder as possible. When she is not hyperfixated on writing whatever has possessed her brain, Cydney can be found arguing with her dog, playing referee to her two house panthers, consuming media things meant to scare her for fun, and testing the limits of Dr Pepper consumption on the human body. Alternatively, if spotted in the wild instead of in her cave of darkness, she may be seen rambling to herself about anything from book ideas to how many times she had to walk down that aisle before remembering to grab the damn chips she came here for. Prior to becoming a published author, she worked in customer service—which was a grave mistake on everyone’s part. She currently, also, works as a freelance writer, writing the session notes for mental health professionals. With an origin story that includes poverty and severe childhood trauma, mental health and empowerment for everyone has always been extremely important to her. Cydney seeks to write books that have their own heart and soul and that can help those in the way books helped her growing up, whether that be by providing an escape or an inspiration.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/cydneydaemon
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