That said, I am completely excited and honored to be able to introduce Kendare Blake, the author of Anna Dressed in Blood and the highly anticipated sequel, Girl of Nightmares. If you haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, you should!
This was by far one of my favorite reads this year, and it doesn't hurt that Kendare Blake is super nice and has offered to give away one signed copy of her new book, Girl of Nightmares!
Goodreads Book Description:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder 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: move, 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, but now stained red and dripping 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.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Amazon review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2JZ79B2PV7SLI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
About Kendare Blake: Kendare Blake likes food, and animals, and bookshelves, except when it makes her exercise, bites her, or needs to be dusted. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington.
Kendare's blog: http://kendare-blake.livejournal.com/
Part I of Author Interview:
1. What led you to write YA versus other genres?
Um...chance? I wasn't writing YA, but when my first novel got picked up, my small press publisher said it might be worth looking at as a crossover book. So it got me thinking, and I started looking around at the YA world. It's excellent.
2. The idea behind Anna Dressed in Blood is creepy and unique-- how did you come up with it?
Oh, thank you! I'm glad you find it creepy. It sort of just...came to me, like stories do. The title came first, this ghost I had to know more about. Once I knew who she was, I just had to figure out who was going to kill her, and there was Cas.
Anna was tricky. I knew the ghost but not the girl. It took a long time to find out who she was. I sort of found out while writing, so I got to meet her right when Cas did. And I figured that she would be a hard character to like, being a murdering monster and everything. I wasn't going to hold back on the gore, but I didn't know if that would make people hate her.
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