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 II of Author Interview
1. I was impressed by how authentic the voice of your main character Cas was. What made you decide to write in the voice of a male protagonist? Was it hard?
It wasn't hard. Cas was just Cas. And I'd written males before. Actually the novel I'd just finished prior to Anna was a male protagonist. I'm glad you thought it was authentic! Cas was the natural narrator for the book. If it had been Anna, we would've been stuck in her house for most of it, and the whole thing would've been shorter, and just...less.
2. Do you have any words of advice for new writers on how to develop great characters?
Watch people around you. Listen to how they talk. The quirky traits that your friends have, or that you notice in people, make note of them. You never know when they might come in handy. For instance, Thomas drives my best friend's old car.
Girl of Nightmares picks up a few months after Anna Dressed in Blood. Cas is trying to move on with his life, but he doesn't quite know what to do with himself, having just lost Anna after barely finding her, and ditto with his father's killer. When Anna starts to manifest in torturing ways, he knows he's got to find out what's going on, with both her, and ultimately, with the legacy of his athame. Blood, death, travel. Ring bologna. I hope you like it!
Kendare: Thank you for having me by the blog! Now that the series is over, it's always fun to talk about Cas and Anna, just a little more :)
Thank YOU for agreeing to tell us a little more about yourself and your terrific books!
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