Eggs For the Ageless
by Kyle A. Massa
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Religion is a funny thing. Especially when you accidentally create your own.
Eccentric young writer Zeggara “Egg” East has done just that, much to the chagrin of her devout mother. Egg’s new religion is called “Penguinism” and it’s proving far more popular than anyone—even the immortal Ageless—could’ve imagined. And the thing about deities is, they don’t appreciate a rival dogma.
Now everyone’s choosing sides in the coming conflict, including a tea-slurping tyrant, a guy with 12 gifts, and the God of Waste Management. So when Egg and her mother pick opposing factions, Egg has to wonder…can they reconcile, or will religion keep them apart forever?
Perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, and Douglas Adams, Eggs for the Ageless is a comic fantasy novel about family, faith, and waddling—not necessarily in that order.
What readers are saying:
“A fantasy comedy that swims in similarly madcap waters as works by Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore, Massa’s novel coolly and deftly introduces a farcical setting that reflects the absurdity of today’s world, brimming with commentary on religion, capitalism, and writing.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A riot of a book where the characters amuse while offering cutting critiques of human nature (and god nature?). Light as well as insightful. A triumph.” – Kate Tailor, Benjamin Franklin Award Winning Author
Interview With Kyle A. Massa
Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer the first time I held one of my printed books in my hands.
The name of the book is Gerald Barkley Rocks. It’s a comedic supernatural mystery about rock music and cats—in other words, pretty weird. It’s also technically a novella by word count, even though I marketed it as a novel. If I’m being honest, it’s a bit of a flawed book, but I still love it—especially when I held it for the first time.
I recall the moment vividly. I stood at the kitchen counter, tearing open a box from Amazon like a long-awaited birthday gift. Inside was a single slim book with a gorgeous cover (designed by my friend Nathan Rumsey). It was a proof copy, though, so Amazon slapped an ugly band around it reading NOT FOR RESALE.
In my experience, nothing makes you feel like a writer more than reading your own words off a printed page. The texture, the smell, the sound…it was the realization of a lifelong dream.
Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Definitely a cat. We have several similarities.
For starters, introversion. I like being around people, but only up to a point. Much like a cat lurking in a dark room by itself, I need my mornings and evenings alone to write and/or read. If you bother me during those times, I might hiss.
Also, I like my cat naps. I’ve found 17 minutes to be the optimal time, which is a little different than my cats, who nap for roughly 17 hours. Maybe they’re onto something…
Q: Describe your writing style.
To borrow a term from middle-school math, I’m very much a guess-and-check style of writer. Basically, that means I have an idea, write about it a bit, then check and see if it actually works.
For example, for my comic fantasy novel Eggs for the Ageless, I thought it might be fun to try an epistolary style. I envisioned a book where dysfunctional gods and goddesses write letters to each other as the world below them slowly succumbs to chaos.
So, I tried writing it. The story didn’t really work, but I had to see it on the page to be certain. And it wasn’t a complete loss, since some of the characters lived on in subsequent drafts.
This style generates many dead-end projects and half-finished manuscripts, but it’s essential to my creative process. Plus, when my guess turns out to be correct, there’s no better feeling.
Kyle A. Massa is a comic fantasy author living somewhere in upstate New York with his wife, their daughter, and three wild animals. His published works include three books and several short stories. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, running, and drinking coffee.
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