Friday, August 3, 2012

Kendare Blake Author Interview


Book Nerd Interview

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.

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What was the greatest thing you learned at school? 

To just eat the damn hot lunch. Also, how to do math. Because that’s something I would NEVER have done on my own. 

Is there such a thing as a formula for storytelling? 

I don’t think so. Unless it’s really generic like, “tell a good story.” Or, “one part inspiration, three parts perspiration, two parts plot and a dash of luck.”

What are “Character Rules” and give us some examples. 

Characters should be real. Unless they’re meant to be unreal. Like if you want them to be a metaphor, or representative of something. Characters’ dialogue should ring true while still belonging in the story. Unless it’s highly stylized. Characters should grow. Unless they’re static.

There aren’t really any hard set rules. But if you want realistic characters, make sure you do your homework. People watch, and daydream.

What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced authors face and what advice do you have for over-coming them? 

The most common challenge is rejection. It never goes away. The threat of rejection, of flopping out of writing, is always there. It’s just part of the process. Take your lumps, and keep on doing what you’re doing. And then there’s criticism. This is harder for some to take than others, but it’s necessary for everybody. Figure out how you handle it best, and indulge in a sulky treat when you don’t handle it so well J

In your book, Anna Dressed in Blood; can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel? 

Anna Dressed in Blood is about teenage ghost killer Cas Lowood, and his hunt of Anna Dressed in Blood. But he has no idea what he’s in for.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Cas? 

Cas actually didn’t surprise me. Carmel, the queen bee, surprised me. I thought she’d die. Cas, he played by the rules. Did what I expected. He’s a good character to write.

Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you? 

I don’t. I’ve heard that people do that, but I have no idea what quote I would use. All the quotes I love are really depressing.

If you could introduce Anna to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I would introduce her to the villain in Joe Hill’s HORNS. And then I would have her kill him. Because I effing hate that guy. So, to summarize, I’d pretty much just use her as a personal literary hit girl.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us? 

Well, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, the end of Cas and Anna’s story, comes out next week. And then I start a new trilogy next August, called ANTIGODDESS. It’s about dying Greek gods in the modern world and the reincarnated teen heroes that get caught in their war.

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were? 

I used to say “If Cas was an ice cream flavor, what flavor would he be?” But then someone asked me that. So, I don’t know. FYI, he would be Rocky Road.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie? 

I try not to answer anything with a lie!! But let me think…No, seriously, I’m usually pretty honest.

If I came to your house and looked in your closet/attic/basement, what’s the one thing that would surprise me the most? 

I really wish I had a more interesting closet. Maybe…all the high heeled shoes?

When was the last time you cried? 

Had to be during a movie. I think during Never Let Me Go, with Andrew Garfield and Kiera Knightley and what’s her name that I can’t remember. Carey Mulligan.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had? 

I just had one a while ago where I was somewhere that everything was wrong. Something was wrong. It wasn’t safe to be out. And I saw this black lab walking backward.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day? 

My husband? My mom? My best friends? Depends on the problem, really. Sometimes it’s my cat.

Where can readers stalk you? 

Easiest place to contact me is Facebook or Twitter: @kendareblake
For updates, it’s generally my Livejournal. http://kendare-blake.livejournal.com/
Or they could head to the website: kendareblake.com



Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life



Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Black is a suspenseful story of vengeance. This creepy book is told from the refreshing male point of view of Theseus Cassio Lowood, otherwise known as Cas. At the age of seven, a ghost killed his father. Seeking vengeance, he travels from town to town killing ghosts that harm people. This mission leads him to meet some extraordinary people who try to work together and figure out the very vicious Anna Korlov, aka Anna Dressed in Blood.

The book is full of ghosts that will rattle your bones to its core. The creepiness factor is in full gear that it is just too difficult to put down. Kendare’s descriptions of these frightening encounters are truly intriguing and mesmerizing at the same time. As Cas goes further along on his mission, readers find themselves drawn to his will and determination. When the moment arrives when they meet Anna, it is unforgettably the most terrifying encounter.

Anna was truly down-right deadly and malicious. Kendare’s writing style was able to deliver a clear picture of Anna’s deadly demeanor. The interactions between characters felt genuinely real and each were given their own personality. The theme of friendship and loyalty is strong.

Kendare is a master story-teller. Anna Dressed in Blood is the perfect ghost story book. The supernatural aspect is brilliantly done. Although it belongs in the YA paranormal genre, it is definitely dark and creepy. I am certain the next installment, Girl of Nightmares, will be just as good as the first. Plenty of murders and intense situation to read about. The gore and f-bombs are in abundance but did not take anything away from the story. This is one of those rare books that will lead you down a path, grabs you by the wrist, and leads you to a road of excitement and intense horror.


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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Kendare for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

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81 comments:

  1. Great review, Jean! I would love to read this story and have read so many great reviews on it... thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I think so! My mom says I used to talk with my "guardian angel"
    Great post! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Yes! It was hard to believe he was not real !
    Thank you so much for the review and the giveaway :D

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  4. I did! My mother got so pissed that I was talking to people, but, hey, kids do what kids do.

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  5. I think so, its normal for kids to have imaginary friends..Thanks!

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  6. I don't think I have one...
    But I have dolls...

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  7. I don`t think I ever had one. But I know my oldest daughter used to have a couple imaginary friends. Does that count? :P

    Great review Jean! Thanks for the giveaway & good luck everyone!

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  8. Yes, but it was my stuffed animal :) I still have it!

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  9. I had a lot! I remember to think about lots of creatures surrounded me, giants the most!

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  10. I don't think so. Or maybe I don't remember...

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  11. Yes I did Mrs.Piggy from the Muppets was my best friend between the ages of 5-10 :)

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  12. Yes! It was King Kong, represented by a leaf, in a nook in the bathroom.
    Then there was a chicken, duck, and dog decoration in the toilet that I talk to whenever I go. XD

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  13. I don't think I ever did have a imaginary friend, at least that I remember....

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  14. I did have an imaginary friend when I was a child. It's a horrifying story my parents make sure to tell every guy I have ever brought home :p


    I also find it super interesting that she graduated from Ithaca College. That's only 30 minutes from where I live! :)

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  15. I did not have an imaginary friend, but I did have my own language only my sister could understand lol!

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  16. Nope, but I always wish that I did have :)
    Thanks for the giveaway x

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  17. Awesome review :) And yes, yes I did have an imaginary friend when I was little :)

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  18. I didn't need one ghosts have followed me my whole life and when I was young i used to talk to them.

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  19. Great giveaway! Never really had an imaginary friend...

    Debs :-)

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  20. I don't think so. I have my barbies to play with. haha!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I didnt, but my sister had an imaginary dog. He was so real to her we all had to play along.

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  22. Haha I'm only scared of the dark after scary movies!

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  23. in a scale of 1-5 i'm like a 2 1/2

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  24. I am probably about a 2.5 depending on circumstances for which I am in the dark!! :)

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  25. maybe a 1. The dark doesn't really scare me.

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  26. Barely a 1, I have no fear of the dark!

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  27. In scale 1-5 I´m probably on number 1,but when I read extremly scary book or watch horror, it´s sometimes 2/5-3 :D

    Awesome giveaway, thank you!
    I can´t wait to read this awesome book with this amazing cover (:
    Thank you for review and interview. Both are great.

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  28. I would have to say 3.
    I don't like darkness but when someone is there with me, I am not afraid that much

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  29. I would say a 3... I'm not afraid of the dark really but if it's dark and I hear noises or I'm home alone, I freak out a little.

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  30. I would say a 2. Great giveaway! Thanks.

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  31. Maybe 2. Not scared unless there are weird noises or things touching me!

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  32. Probably 1 and a half :P
    Might reach 2 on some nights.

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  33. I guess 3. Depends on the circumstances.

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  34. depends who's with me, but I think I'll go for a 3.5

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  35. Normally 2, but in an abandoned house it's definitely a 4 :P

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  36. Hmm 1 :) Not at all that afraid

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  37. 3 to 4 :) it depends on where I am :)

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  38. 10 if I'm in the dark alone watching something creepy on tv :o)

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  39. I would say a one. Thank you for the great interview.

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  40. It depends on where I am. Generally, a one. If I'm outside and it's pitch black, maybe a four, hahah. (:

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  41. Not so much, really. But on a few occasions, my imaginations get the best of me.

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  42. 1. Only thing that really bothers me in the dark is mirrors.

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  43. 1 on a good day and 3 on a bad day.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. 1 - I'm not afraid of the dark, at least not anymore :)

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  45. I will have to say a 2. I'm not really afraid till I watch a scary movie

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  46. I'm about a three. I'm get paranoid over the noises in the darkness

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  47. If 5 is the highest, I'll go with 4. Though I really freak out when the lights suddenly shuts down!

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  48. I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of what is IN the dark!

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  49. I am about 3 or 4. I get scared easily and if I'm indoors I can handle it but if I'm somewhere outdoors and if there's something resembling a forest around I get so scared that I start to imagine things... Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  50. 1? I'm not really afraid of the dark but it really depends upon the location. If say I'm on an abandoned hospital and it's dark then that would be 5. :)

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  51. Hmmm-about 2-4... It depends what I've just watched or where I've just been.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. 2 I guess. But it gets worse after watching horror movies :)

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  53. i gues 1, Actually i am not really afraid of dark. it doe snot bother me that much

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  54. Maybe a 2/3, i´m just a little bit afraid of the dark...

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  55. i'd say 2. i get afraid if someone starts teasing me, because then, i'd start imagining things.. but it doesn't bother me if nobody mentions it..

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  56. Err, maybe 2? If it's at a really creepy place probably 4. >.<

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  57. 2 if i'm alone! :S
    (Ileana-Rafflecopter)

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  58. Um... can I say 1? or 0?
    I'm much more afraid of light :O

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  59. 5 being the highest, if I'm alone it would be a 5. With someone else it drops down to maybe a 2.

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  60. 3 If I'm alone. 1 if I'm with others :]] :D thanks for the giveawy

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