Monday, August 8, 2011

Paranormal Guest Author: Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood)

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Kendare Blake!  Kendare is the author of Sleepwalk Society and Anna Dressed in Blood.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  First novel, 7th grade. First complete novel, 9th grade. First novel that didn't completely suck, not until after my undergrad.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

The horror and paranormal genre was my first love when it came to reading. By the time I started writing seriously, I was reading mostly literary fiction, so that's what I wrote. I don't know why it took me so long to get back, but it feels like I never left.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  If I could have one supernatural talent, it would be some kind of alien thing, like being able to manipulate the molecular structure of things. Turning an apple into a cupcake, stuff like that. Why would I want that? Because then I could turn apples into cupcakes. Oh, it would be awesome.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

  I hope readers will enjoy Anna Dressed in Blood, because...because... I mean, I suppose there are a lot of reasons that I HOPE they like it. I hope they find it scary. I hope they find it well-paced and well-written. But I really hope readers enjoy the characters. I have a hard time saying, "My book is this" or "My book is that" because it might not be either of those things to the readers.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

  I think Summer Glau from Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles would be a good Anna, if she were younger. She's got a great watchful curiosity about her, a very quiet presence. But she can also tear your head off.

A younger Kevin Zegers would make a good Cas, because he plays just a hair of vulnerability pretty well. And Cas looks like him. Hair always in his eyes.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood, #1) by Kendare Blake

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. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: 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. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Thank you Kendare for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Kendare Blake and her books, please visit her website.


  1. If you haven't read this book, you MUST - it is AWESOME!!

  2. Love this interview, girls! And also love Summmer. Can't wait to read this book!

  3. @Katy S: Now I absolutely can't wait to read this. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

    @Trisha Wolfe: Thanks for stopping by!

    Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
    From the Shadows

  4. I thinking turning apples in to cupcakes would be totally awesome paranormal power. I can't wait to read this!!

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  6. This does sound really good. I'm curious to see why she spares him :) Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have been interested in reading this book ever since I saw the cover on a few of the blogs. I knew it was going to be really good. Thanks for the great interview and post.


  8. Great interview - the book sounds amazing:)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  9. Thanks EJ for having me on the blog! It was a really fun interview :)

    @Katy S: I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Woo! Makes my day.

    @Jessilyn: Yeah, apples into cupcakes! Come to think of it, lots of things into cupcakes. My world would basically have no shortage of cupcakes.

  10. I am so excited about this book! Great interview. Mmmm, cupcakes.

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  11. Ooh! Sounds great..Another book to add to my ever-growing TBR pile. Thanks for sharing Kendare.

  12. Sounds like a fun and amazing book. Thanks so much EJ and Kendare!!
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  13. "Anna Dressed in Blood" sounds very interesting. Thanks for stopping by and telling us about it, Kendare. Much success to you. Thanks for posting this cool interview, E.J.
    Have a great week, ladies.


  14. Great interview. What if you could turn an apple into a cupcake but still retain the negative calories of the apple. Now I would go for that big time.