Kendare Blake: Let’s start off with a question for Katie. As a book blogger, it’s obvious that you care about books and reading. Awesome. But how did you become an avid reader? Is there any particular person you would credit with turning you on to books? What are a few of your favorite childhood reads?
Katie: I would credit two people for being an avid reader today: my mom and Shel Silverstein. My mom read to my brother and I every night before bed and always encouraged us to read on our own once we outgrew that. And when I finally was able to read on my own, Shel Silverstein's books were what kept me turning pages. As for favorite childhood reads - Falling Up by Shel Silverstein (duh) The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and Rainbowfish by Marcus Pfister are a few to mention!
Kendare Blake: The Lorax. Great book. Tiny yellow guy with a stache. As long as we’re on the topic of childhood reads, I’ve got a question for Michelle. For those who don’t know, Michelle is a huge horror fan. So, care to share any childhood fears? What elements of unease went into The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which while not straight-up horror, definitely has some thrilling tones?
Michelle Hodkin: Hitchcock fans might notice my homage to certain tropes in his work, for sure. And I definitely exploited something called the Uncanny Valley, which I'll let you Google, though it might not make sense unless you've read the book.
As for childhood fears? Dolls that come to life. I had all of these antique, porcelain dolls in my room, pristine and lined up in their boxes on a high, long shelf, and also a huge pile of stuffed animals and dolls I kept in a corner…including troll dolls. I didn't worry about the porcelain dolls being "angry" at me, because they were all neatly lined up—but I was terrified that whatever doll landed at the bottom of the doll pile would be bear a serious grudge. I'd have a nightly check to make sure none of the troll dolls ended up on the bottom. Because, really, can you think of anything more terrifying than waking up to a live, angry troll doll?
Kendare Blake: The Uncanny Valley. Love it. Google it, people; it’s creepy. And live angry troll dolls? Don’t give us nightmares. I had a clown marionette when I was a kid that pretty much stayed tied to chair 24/7.
Michelle Hodkin: Okay, Kendare, now it’s your turn. What’s the craziest stunt you’ve ever pulled in real life?
Kendare Blake: Wow. You’re not messing around. I usually don’t incriminate myself so early in the morning. But here goes…I borrowed a car without asking. Look, it started out good. I was with a group of friends in a crowded (and I mean insanely crowded) parking lot and we found a set of keys. I was all, oh snap this person is going to be screwed, we should find their car and leave the keys in it. So we did. Good deed, right? Well, after a weekend full of mishaps including pushing a car down the interstate and a campground shower encounter with a bat, let’s just say there was an emergency, and we needed a car. Needed. An emergency! So we went back and the car was still there with keys in the visor where we’d left them. So we borrowed it. We put it back right after, but yeah. We went from good Samaritan to juvenile delinquent in the span of 48 hours. It was like living through a teen road comedy.
Katie: Okay, before this derails into tales of debauchery…one serious question for Michelle: What’s the most memorable moment of your publishing experience so far?
Michelle Hodkin: The first time I visited the Simon & Schuster offices and met my editor, my publisher, and the incredible team that has been working on and continues to work on MARA DYER. I had an awesome time spending the day with everyone and met so many insanely talented, dedicated people—I have never felt more lucky in my life.
Kendare Blake: Very cool. Mara is definitely a beautiful book.
Katie: Definitely. I’ve got one more short question for Michelle: Imagine you’re in love with one of those hunky paranormal creatures we all love - what kind would he be? Vampire, werewolf, mermaid, angel, faerie, etc?
Michelle Hodkin: Probably a vampire. I like the dangerous + pasty combination.
Katie: Dangerous and pasty. Love it. Switching to Kendare: If you could pick any character from any fictional book/movie ever created and have Anna gruesomely murder him/her, who would it be and why?
Kendare Blake: I love this question. And it’s such an easy answer. I just saw a link to a movie trailer, and I knew instantly. If I could use Anna as my personal assassin, I would totally have her kill…THE SMURFS. All of them. Papa, Smurfette, Brainy, Dopey, Grumpy, Cross-eye, all of them. I’d put them in a sack, and throw them into Anna’s house and WHAM! Blue carnage. Then I’d throw Gargamel in after, just for failing to get rid of them all these years. Then I would adopt Azriel the cat. Because you just can’t use the word ‘smurf’ as a noun, and a verb, and an adjective! It makes me want to smurfing smurf them…to death.
Michelle Hodkin: Well, since we’ve gone gory and started murdering fictional characters, here’s a question for Katie: Which book boyfriend would you marry/shag/kill?
Katie: I would marry Silas from Sisters Red. He's a dreamboat and we'd make some good looking babies together. I would shag Ren from Nightshade because Calla neglects him and he needs some lovin' too. And I would choose Sinclair from Swoon to kill, but I imagine shoving him in the house with Anna (Anna Dressed In Blood) and letting her kick his ass. It'll be an epic GHOST SMACKDOWN.
Kendare Blake: Ghost smackdown, eh? I’d sell tickets to that. But it looks like it’s time to wrap it up…with the mandatory ice cream question! If you were both ice cream flavors, what flavor would you be and why? Me, I’d be pistachio. Because I occasionally turn green in the summer and am moderately populated with nuts. Guys?
Michelle Hodkin: Ben & Jerry’s S’mores. Because I don’t know…it’s just tasty.
Katie: I don't really have an entertaining or hilariously perverted answer like Kendare, but I suppose I'd be superman flavor; colorful, random and delicious. If I were to turn into an ice cream cone tomorrow, I'd like to think I'd be very delicious.
Kendare Blake: Thus concludes the Three Way. A big thank you to Michelle Hodkin and Katie for getting together to do this. Ladies, it was lots of fun, and I know you’ve got mad schedules to contend with. Below you’ll find descriptions of our books, and giveaway details. Just comment below to enter. We also welcome follow up questions. Thanks again to Katie and Sophistikatied Reviews, and to you, the readers!
Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer will be available 9/27/11 but you should preorder it now! Have you read the first chapter? Seriously. Just saying.
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.______________________
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will be available 8/30/11.
From Goodreads: 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 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.
And now for the GIVEAWAYS!!!
I am giving away a copy of Ty Roth’s excellent So Shelly. Because it’s excellent. And it’s in the spirit of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which promises to be beautiful, haunting and full of chilling intrigue.
Katie, your excellent blogmistress, is giving away a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. A bit of horror for Anna, and a bit of romance for Mara.
And Michelle will be giving away a copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - creepy but sexy as well!
Three lucky winners will receive one of these books! Leave a comment on this interview to be entered to win! (US residents only please!) Random winners to be chosen on May 12th!
Katie here! Taking back control of my posts! I would personally like to thank Kendare and Michelle for taking time out of their crazy insane schedules to completely take over my blog for a day. It was the most fun I've ever had working with authors. (Who happen to be two of the most awesome people ever, for those of you who don't already know that)
Readers, if you have any questions for Kendare or Michelle, ask away! As you could probably tell from the interview, they'll pretty much answer anything, so go crazy!