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