Kendare Blake lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington, with a studious husband and two very critical cats. Her brain absorbs very little math, but lots and lots of movie trivia.
Anna Dressed in Blood, a young adult horror novel, came out on August 30th from Tor Teen. It centers on a ghost hunter, and the strongest ghost he’s ever faced. It’s just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story.
Anna is Kendare’s debut novel, and is already getting some great buzz! Get a load of this:
“Abundantly original, marvelously inventive and enormous fun, this can stand alongside the best horror fiction out there. We demand sequels.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Kendare has graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of her book to a lucky Debutante Ball commenter! (US only, please. She’s unable to ship internationally.)
Kendare Blake Takes the Deb Interview!
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
I sold garbage door to door one summer. I mean, not literally garbage, but garbage service. Like, “Hey, how do you like the way your trash is handled?” And then they’d say, “Huh?” and I would discreetly put my toe in the door and wedge it open. This job did not last long.
Talk about one book that made an impact on you.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I read it in a cubicle when I was supposed to be working. And I had to read the first page three, maybe four times before I understood what the heck he was talking about. But then…OM! Like a Zen moment. It’s an amazing book, both philosophical and literary. Kundera became an immediate philosophical sensei. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a meditation on existence, on significance, and it is jaw-dropping. All of his work is like that. And he’s very old now, and it’s weird to think that someday sooner than I would like, he’s going to be gone. Am I a crazy Kundera stalker? Yes I am.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Same advice, every time. Read. Read and more read. And then of course, ah yes, READ! After that, consider taking a writing course, workshop style. I’m not saying you have to take a class on writing to be able to write. Of course not. But there’s something about the immersion and collaborative spirit of a small, close knit workshop of writers analyzing not only their own work, but the work of others. It’s like briefly pulling the curtain back and seeing the puppet strings and set workings. And then whoosh! the curtain drops back and it’s all just magic again.
I’ve got a new project going on sub soon. I wish I could talk about it but at this point just thinking about it makes me nervous and nauseous. But, I can tell you that the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood is called Girl of Nightmares, and it’s going into edits this week. It picks up a few months after Anna leaves off.
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.
That would be my brother and husband. I love dumb humor, and all things strange and ridiculous, and they are both strange, and ridiculous.
Thank you so much for spending some time with us today, Kendare!
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