Interview and Giveaway: Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood!

Joining me today is Kendare Blake, author of the brand new YA thriller Anna Dressed in Blood! Also up for grabs is a copy of the book to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!

Please welcome Kendare to the blog!

Can you tell us a little about your new YA novel, Anna Dressed In Blood?
Hey. Thanks for having me. Anna Dressed in Blood is the story of Cas Lowood, a ghost hunter, and his attempt to kill the ghost in the title, Anna Korlov, a girl who was murdered in 1958 and now kills everyone who steps into her house.

What made you decide to have a male protagonist instead of a female protagonist?
It feels like less of a decision and more just the way it went. Cas was my storyteller. It’s his journey and it just made the most sense. I’d just gotten off a project where I did both male and female viewpoints, (which has yet gone nowhere) and I’d put a lot into getting the “guy” down right. Didn’t want to let that go to waste

When you started writing Cas’ story, did you have in mind how many books you’d like to write?
Not when I started. When I started I had no idea what was going on. No real feel for the landscape, nothing. But when ANNA was done, I absolutely started thinking about where else Cas might go. Then my future editor said the word, “series” and I thought, “Oh balls, it might be real. Now what?”

What were some of your favorite reads growing up?
Growing up. Hmm. I used to love The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. They had really old paperbacks of them at my elementary school and I drank them up. From there I moved to Stephen King and read quite a lot from him. I love IT and The Stand. Then it was Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles. I should have said Harry Potter, right? But I didn’t start reading those until later.

What are some of your favorite contemporary reads, and are there any that inspire or influence you more than others?
Anything by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) is an auto-buy. And anything by Caitlin R. Kiernan (The Drowning Girl, coming soon!) As influences I’d say Kiernan, Kundera, and weirdly enough, Schopenhauer. Who was a total misogynist, but there you go.

When did you first realize you’d like to try your hand at writing a novel?
Seventh grade. It was a horse story, written in tiny-print longhand in a notebook with an otter on the front. I made it to the final chapter, got bored, and quit. Wouldn’t do it again until tenth grade. All my early stuff was monstrously long. I needed an editor, STAT.

Is there something about yourself you can tell us that not a lot of people know about?
Uh…ummm…Not a lot of people know that…I once got shut in the closing doors of a London Underground train car. It hurt. Then I got to ride to my stop with everyone laughing, especially the friend I was with, and it was all her fault. I said, “we’ll wait for the next one. This one’s leaving,” and she said “Huzzah!” and dove through the closing doors, forcing me to follow. Hence, I was squished, and almost lost my messenger bag.

Is there any other news about upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
I wish! But it’s too soon. I will tell you that Anna 2 is coming out next year and I think we’ve nailed down a title. And that I’ve finished a new book to lead off a new series…but who the heck knows what’s going to happen with that.
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1. Giveaway is for one copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake to one winner
2. You must fill out the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post to enter (be sure to read all instructions:)
3. Giveaway is open to US/Canadian addresses only
4. Giveaway ENDS 9/12/11
5. Giveaway book kindly provided by Tor Teen


  1. No I would not want that ability its creepy
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  2. I think I’m mixed on that. As much as I’d love to see friends and family that I can no longer see because of death, I don’t really think I’d want to see the majority of the other people that have died.


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  4. i think it depends. i think the ability to would be cool but i think seeing people i dont know would probably creep me out.

    terri m

  5. This sounds like a creepy, fantastic book! I love that it has a male protagonist.

  6. I would say no, especially if they look like they did when they died, all gory and stuff. Yuck. But, for some reason, I love reading about other people who have that ability.

  7. I have, but fortunately only family, which is somehow comforting. Can’t wait to get my hands on this on!

  8. I really like the cover for this book and that it involves a ghost hunter makes it all the more interesting.

  9. I NEED IT!!!! GOSH I HOPE I WIN!!!!

  10. Thank you for the contest! It looks like such a great book. 🙂

  11. I think it would depend on how they looked. If I saw them how they looked when they died and it was gory then no I don’t think I would handle it well. Thanks for the giveaway, very excited!

  12. I’m so excited for this book! I’d love to win a copy!

  13. Love a good ghost story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Oh…I don’t think I would want to see the dead….not all into the “I see dead people thing.”. Would enjoy reading about it though.

  15. I have been hearing good things about this book, can’t wait to read it.

  16. I think it would be awesome and tiring at the same time. I would love to try the ability out. Can’t wait to read the book!!

  17. no,I don’t think I would like to see the dead.. I’ve watched enough episodes of Ghost Whisperer to know that could get very annoying! 🙂

  18. I think I would be freaked out, but want to help if I could! I can’t wait to read this!!!

  19. Nope, being able to see the dead would totally freak me out! 🙂

  20. Thanks so much for the giveaway! This book is on my TBR list 🙂

  21. This is really cool!!! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  22. I would not want to see the dead, no. It would shake my beliefs to the core, and I’d really just like to believe there’s unending peace after we die.

  23. No way! Aftet watching The Sixth Sense there is no way I would want to see the dead!


  25. Seeing the dead seems really creepy but if I could control that ability then it’d be kinda cool! Thanks for the giveaway :]

  26. The story of you being squished is hysterical-glad you made it out ok 🙂 I would probably choose to see the dead…sounds intriguing, but kind of a mixed package-good on the one hand and creepy on the other. I would love to win a copy of this book because I have been dying to read and review this book for my blog! Thank you very much! GFC Krystal Larson

  27. NO!! I have enough to worry about with the living. Seeing the dead would add another level of worry that I am not prepared to deal with.

  28. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would only want to have that ability if it helped them somehow or helped other people.

  29. I think I would, but I wouldn’t no for sure until I did! I might just get totally freaked out and hide 🙂

  30. Definitely no! I get creeped out by shadows, let alone things that I know are ghosts. Just even more people to deal with in daily life. No thank you!

  31. If I could have a cool ability I would not pick being able to see dead people. It would just be way to creepy, and besides what if i started talking to someone no one else could see *embarrassing* 🙂

  32. I think I would love to have that ability!
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  33. That is one ability that I would NOT want. It’s hard enough to see (and deal with) the living!

  34. I don’t think that I would like to be able to see the dead. It would probably freak me out.

  35. It sounds like a semi cool ability to see the dead but it also seems kind of scary and frightening as well so I think I would pass on the ability .

  36. I would want to see the dead because well, someone has to. I mean, if someone is not there to support the dead, who will? If someone helps them, then maybe there will be less ghosts obsessed with haunting/killing people.

  37. No way would I want to see the dead. I’ve got enough issues without something like that!

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  38. Absolutely NOT!! I am terrified TERRIFIED of the whole concept of ghost and the dead. So thank you but no thank you, I shall pass on the opportunity and be a regular normal human being with the ignorance and blindness of the supernatural =)
    Thanks for this chance for your giveaway!! ^_^

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  39. Yes I would! It could get interesting at parties.

  40. I’m so excited for this book it looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway


  41. This is the second blog that I’ve seen this book. It is a new author for me and I think it sounds very interesting. I’d love a chance to win a copy and see what happens. Thanks for the chance and for your review.

  42. I keep seeing this book popping up everywhere. It looks so good.

  43. I have heard such good things about this book! I can’ wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I have enough problems dealing with the living. I don’t want or need to add dead people to my already screwed up existence.

  45. no i wouldnt want to see the dead. very creepy and they could be very scary also.

  46. Love this giveaway! thank you !!!

  47. I can’t decide, I think that it would depend in the circumstances.

  48. Well I don’t know… As an embalmer I see real death people all day so… would be weird to see the death body and the spirit at the same time…

  49. Yes, I’d like to have that ability… much better to see what’s there than to move about life with unseen ghostlies hanging around you!

  50. This book sounds AMAZING!!! 🙂

  51. Oh and I don’t think I would..I think it would be kinda scary…

  52. Part of me wants to say yes but then I would see everything, and that scares me. So I think I would have to say no to your question.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. No I definitely wouldn’t want to have the ability to see the dead. Too scary!

  54. NO SIR-EE. it would be too much of sixth sense for me…unless, the dead was the hottie Jessie from The Mediator. Then I’d be alright.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  55. I don’t think that I would want the ability to see the dead. I would love to read this book though, thanks for the giveaway.

  56. This sounds like a fantastic book and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  57. No, I don’t think I’d want the ability to see the dead. (Sorry didn’t see the question I was supposed to answer before.)

  58. I think it would be kinda neat to see the dead. I huge responsibility though, so I dont think i would want the ability unless it was an ability many others had as well. I dont know, kinda tossed. It would be creepy, but still neat. 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway, I’m really looking foward to reading this one.

  59. Great interview! Sounds like lots of great influences there too. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  60. I’ve wanted to read this book ever since the cover release. Then, I started seeing really positive reviews. Oh would I ever like to get my hands on a copy of this.

  61. No, I don’t think I’d really like to be able to see the dead. It would creep me out.


  62. I would most definitely NOT want to see the dead. I am a new follower! Thanks for the giveaway :]

  63. I would not want the ability to see the dead since the living give me enough trouble.

  64. I definitely would not like to see the dead. I think that my insistence that ghosts do not exist actually stems from my absolute fear of even the possibility. And if they do exist, I don’t want to know about it. I like my ghosts fictional.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
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  65. No, I wouldn’t want the ability to see the dead. The living are enough of a problem for me.

  66. Really like the new concept! I’ve had this book on my New Releases wishlist for a while now cuz I’d heard such positive buzz!

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

  67. i would not like the ability to see the dead. that would be beyong scary and creepy. i probably wouldnt be able to sleep. EVER!

  68. Thanks for the awesome giveaway : )

  69. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  70. No No No, being able to see the dead is not something I would ever want!!! Too scary

    Great giveaway and I love the cover

  71. No! I would DEFINITELY not want the ability to see the dead. It would make for an interesting life, but not one I’d want to live :/


  72. Nope, I’m already uber scared of the dark >_<

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