Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Author Interview + Giveaway: Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood)

Okay, today I am so excited to have the amazing Kendare Blake here on the blog for a short interview. I highly suggest you read my review of her seriously mind-blowing novel, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. I could rave about it for the space of another full-length review, most likely.


I read that you have published some shorter fiction pieces. Do you think that they helped pave the way for publishing your novel? Will you continue to write shorter fiction?

Short fiction is a different animal. Some say that you shouldn't try to write a novel until you master the short story. I don't know about that, but I do know that the inverse isn't true: if what you write are short stories, don't feel pressured to novelize. Writing short does help to fine tune things; you've got a lot less words with which to make a point or an impact. Did the short stories help pave the way to publishing? I'm not sure. It helped with the writing, certainly. And yes, I think I'll always write some short fiction. There are lots of stories. Not all of them are novels.

Cas’s personality seems so real to me. Did you face any difficulties writing from the male perspective?

Oh, I'm glad you think so! When I started writing male protagonists I'd bug a guy writer friend. Does this seem authentic? Would you ever say this? Do this? Think this? But strangely enough, male voice came sort of natural. Apparently I am very dudely and butch.

Did any parts of ANNA actually freak you out while you were writing them?

Yes. One. I can't say which though, without giving something away. A good indicator though: if Cas is really terrified, chances are I'm enjoying the creep factor too.


Your cover is so amazing! Did you have any input into its creation?

Ha, not really! That one is my editor's brainchild. She had this idea of Anna, standing in her white dress, her hair drifting like it does, and her dilapidated Victorian in the background. The artist and designer went through a few versions of her hair, one where it stuck straight up like one of those luck trolls, and one where it whipped around sort of like Jesse from Team Rocket. Along the way I just stared at the prettiness, but they did ask for my feedback and certainly wanted me to be happy with it. Which I totally am.

Are you allowed to say anything at all about the sequel to ANNA? I’m already dying for it.

Yay! I hope it doesn't disappoint. I can tell you that the sequel is called GIRL OF NIGHTMARES. I'm just starting edits on it this week. But yeah, I guess I have to be sort of silent and cryptic right now! Darn. I want to blab.

I know this is a question that a lot of people have asked and yet the problem still exists, but … why do you think young adults aren’t into reading anymore? Or are they?

What? I was blissfully unaware! I think young adults have a lot going on in their lives. College prep and big decisions and you know, life-altering incredibly fun, whirlwind type stuff that can detract from reading time. In college, you read so much that you'd rather eat a book than crack it open for fun. I was sort of like that in school. I definitely read less. But I always went back to it. Voraciously. And I think (I hope) that the young adults and teens who love reading will always love reading. They'll always go back to it. Hopefully voraciously. Readers effing rock.

Thanks for having me for the interview, and letting me yak on and on. You shouldn't have asked about readers and reading! I can talk about it for days :) I am so glad you enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood.

Cheers,
Kendare

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31 comments:

  1. Great Interview! Yes, the cover is amazing! They did a wonderful job, because it's really eye-catching and mysterious... and also the name is wonderful. I hope the cover of the second book is so amazing as this one...

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  2. There is so much about this book that appeals to me. I absolutely love the cover and the summary is very appealing. Thanks for the interview.

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  3. Great Interview. Can't wait for this book. I love that cover so amazing can't wait to see it in person. I agree that young adults have so much going on and so much to read in college that you don't really have the time to read like you want to. I know I didn't. I was to busy trying to find time to sleep, and eat and have a little bit of a social life. That is why I fell back in love with reading as an adult once college was over. Now I devour books and try to at least read 4-5 a month.
    Thanks for the giveaway hope I win :)

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  4. The cover is gorgeous and this sounds like an awesome read. Your interview was great. I thought it was funny that Kendare said she's apparently very dudely and butch. lol
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  5. Such a grey review and giveaway! Thanks so much! :)

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  6. Awesome interview! I would have liked to see Anna's hair looking like Jessie's from Team Rocket! :)

    As a young adult, I (obviously) still read for fun all the time, but as a disclaimer, I *am* kind of crazy. Most of the other seniors I know are just as preoccupied with me with SAT and college admissions, but do usually use what little free time they have doing other things besides reading. (Like, eating, is a popular choice.)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Great interview. Cas sounds like a terrific character. I read much more in high school than I ever did in college, and now I read constantly.

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  8. What a great interview. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

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  9. I stumbled upon this book when I was browsing though Goodreads. The first thing that captured me was the cover. The girl on it just haunted me and I just had to find out what she was all about. And then reading the summary made me want the book even more. I've been dying to read this book since then. I want to know all about Cas and Anna! I want to know why she spared Cas! So when I saw someone tweet your giveaway I just had to check it out! And wow! You even had an author interview (which is great by the way) so thank you! Thank you so much for this giveaway! I really hope I win! :]

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  10. Loved the insight. I'm so glad there's going to be a sequel!! That bodes well for the series. I can't wait :)

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  11. That's such a wonderful interview. I really enjoyed it! I've been dying to read this book, thank you!

    Kelsey d.

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  12. Fantastic interview! I'm so excited that there will be a sequel! The cover, the title, everything screams awesomesauce!

    lol

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  13. Yes, it is a little different when you're trying to write from a male's point of view, if you're a female! And I think it's true that writing short stories can fine tune your style. It has more depth to it. I've always thought that the author had some say to what the cover would look like...I guess not. And the fact that so many young adults aren't reading much these days...she's right about the college things and the growing-up...but sometimes, I think it's the addiction to modern technology. There's TV, iPods, laptops etc. You don't see many at the library or the bookstores, to grab a book and find a comfy seat to read in. I hope we don't all turn out to be the people in Wall-E.

    I enjoyed reading the interview, and those were good questions to ask! Especially the sequel one! Can't wait for it now! <3

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE GIVEAWAY! C:

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  14. I've been dying to read this book! I saw the book on Goodreads and thought it looked amazing-had it as a to-read for the past month or so. I can't believe young adults aren't into reading either ><! I love to read, thank you so much for this interview, I would love to read and review this book for my own blog (Live To Read ~Krystal). edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you so so much and I'm so happy to hear there is a sequel!

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  15. I am really looking forward to reading Anna, I've heard so many good things about it already! Thank you for the awesome chance to win!

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  16. i;m SO looking forward to reading this book! i can't wait and thx for the great giveaway!

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  17. That cover really is an eye catcher. This book has been on the TBR list and I cannot wait to read it. Everyone is saying such great things about this book.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  18. Haha, dudely and butch! Awesome giveaway! Kendra sounds so awesome and funny in her answers! I haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood, but it sounds awesomely creepy!

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  19. Great interview! I've been wanting to reading this for awhile. Glad to hear it's going to have a sequel as well!

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  20. Great Interview:) I love the cover of the book. the book sounds like a great read! Thanks for the Giveaway and for the chance to win this awesome book!!

    ebbith0115[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. I love lOve LOVe the cover to this! It made me add the book to my list without even wanting to know any more about it so there'd be no spoilers and the story could unfurl around me:D And now that I know there are some really creepy moments that creeped out even the author, well now I'm even more excited to pick it up.

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  22. Great interview! I love the cover and everything I have been hearing about this book is wonderful. I can hardly wait to meet Cas and Anna. :)

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  23. I have been stalking this book and am so anxious to read it. Thank you so much for the awesome interview and giveaway opportunity. I think I first started drooling over Anna Dressed in Blood when I saw the cover - and the more I read about it the more I want it :)

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  24. I have seen this book floating around and I have seriously been wanting to read it. Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway!

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  25. I love that there's a turtle in the author's picture. This book is a must read for me. I've been hearing so much about it!

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  26. Hahaha loool Jesse from Team Rocket XD but the cover is absolutely gorgeous and ive heard so many fantastic things about the book. Definitely one book i want to read. Nice interview!

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  27. My family is full of YA from 21 to 33 and they are all avid readers when they have time. But I do agree, their lives are very full with college, dating and just day to day things.

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  28. Great interview! I love the title of the sequel! It's so unique; well, so is Anna Dressed in Blood! And I adore that turtle in Kendare's picture. It's cute! :D

    x
    Sierra(:

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  29. Great interview. Looking forward to reading the book. And that is one of the best covers this year. You got really lucky.

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  30. Great interview and very eye catching titles for your books. I look forward to reading the series.

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  31. I really enjoyed the author interview, I have been wanting to read this book even before I knew what it was about. The title just sucked me in! I love a good ghost story and this one looks pretty unique and original.Thanks for offering the book in a giveaway, I really enjoy your blog:)

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