I’m very excited to welcome author Kendare Blake to the blog today. Kendare is the author of the young adult paranormal series, Anna, consisting of Anna Dressed in Blood (which was a 5 star read for me) and Girl of Nightmares (a very close second with 4.5 stars) both published by Tor Books.
Welcome to Book Chick City, Kendare! What made you decide to be a writer?
It’s all I’ve ever really been compelled to do. The only thing I could never walk away from. Of course it was a fairly big decision to walk away from other careers and live like a starving artist. I’m not the kind of person who can multitask well. I can’t juggle two real careers.
Where did you get the inspiration for the Anna series?
I missed writing blood and guts. And scary stuff. I used to read a lot of gore when I was growing up, but had been writing literary fiction without much blood for awhile. Also, I wanted to play the new Silent Hill, and couldn’t find a gaming partner.
The books are delightfully scary, but what made you choose to aim the series at a YA audience?
Thank you! YA seemed natural, considering who my main characters were. Anna, a murdered 16 year old, and Cas, ghost killing prodigy.
Anna and Cas share a somewhat forbidden love, what made you decide to pair up a human and a ghost as opposed to other supernatural beings?
The story started with Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. I knew she’d been murdered, and turned murderous. I knew someone had to go and try to kill her. That’s where Cas came in. I never considered writing about other supernatural beings. They just were who they were.
Where is your favourite place to write, and where do you get most of your ideas?
No idea where the ideas come from. They seem to flop out at random. But I always write at my table. I can’t write in crowded places, or even really in libraries. I’m super easily distracted.
Did you read horror books/watch horror films whilst writing Anna to channel your inner dark side? If so, which ones?
I didn’t read horror or watch it while writing Anna. But I had in the past, and of course always enjoy a good scare now. I’m looking forward to Sinister, the new movie with Ethan Hawke. The preview shows some mask-looking guy in the bushes. I love mask-looking guys in the bushes.
I won’t give anything away about the ending of Girl of Nightmares, but considering the ending will there be a continuation to Cas and Anna’s story, or any spin off books?
I don’t think so. At least for now, Cas isn’t talking. But I wonder sometimes, which path Jestine will choose, and if he’ll ever see her again. So who knows?
What’s next on the agenda after Girl of Nightmares? And will it be a horror, or a new genre entirely?
Sort of…both? My next book is called Antigoddess. It’s about dying Greek gods and the human teens who get caught up in their mess. Lots of heroes, heroines, blood, killing. The common theme is girls who can rip things apart with their bare hands. I think there are spooky, bits and pieces, but it’s certainly not horror. It’s the start of a trilogy and releases September 2013.
Thank you so much for having me by Book Chick City!!
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever.
Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis. (Author Website)