Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys, like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis. To learn more about her books, visit her website.
Are there any stores you refuse to shop in?
Abercrombie and Fitch. I refuse to even look in there. Every time I do, I see some half-naked sixteen year old male model and feel like I’ve committed some kind of pedo crime.
When was the last time you cried?
I don’t know. When was the last time Marley and Me was on cable?
If you could stay one age forever, what would it be?
The age I was two years ago. Bah humbug. My life is over.
Favorite TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead. Sailor Moon. Gargoyles. Fringe. And I was really into Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for a while.
After a day of writing, how do you recharge your creative batteries?
Booze and soap operas. I don’t think it recharges anything, but it’s what I do.
What books are you reading right now?
A big stack consisting of The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett, Three by Kristen Simmons, Anya’s Ghost because I want to get into graphic novels, Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci, Graphic the Valley by Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Copperhead, by Tina Connolly, and The Ape’s Wife and other stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan.
Any advice for other writers?
Write what is true to you. Write what you want to write. Don’t be boxed. Don’t be pressured. Don’t try to follow anyone’s formula but your own. This might not result in becoming a millionaire. But hopefully it will result in honest work. And interesting work.
Do you have a specific writing style?
No. I’m a slave to the story. That’s the hardest part, sometimes. Submitting to the writing. Writing something the way it wants to be written, instead of the easiest or most natural way to tell it.