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.
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.
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