Literary Swoon, Day Eight: Kendare Blake

February 13, 2012 2012, author interview, kendare blake, literary swoon, Wendy 14

Kendare Blake’s debut YA horror novel Anna Dressed in Blood is the deliciously creepy story of a 17-year-old boy, the ghosts he lays to rest, and the girl he loves…who just happens to be dead. What does the author of such an unorthodox love story find romantic? Kendare elaborates below for our Literary Swoon series! If you’ve ever felt unnoticed or nervous or lonely in the middle of a crowd, this book may hit all your buttons.

(Don’t forget, there will be a spoiler below.)

Kendare Blake’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene

I went staring through my bookshelves for this one. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s certainly memorable. This is the scene from Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends.

The big, ballroom dance scene, where everyone is gussied up in their finest, and big-hearted, funny Benny is being noticed as a surprise beauty, rather than a barrel of laughs sidekick.

Could it be, that the most sought-after boy on campus might actually look past her lip-glossed and svelte friends and see her? This is an excellent tale of first love, finding beauty that’s more than skin deep, and how getting what you want can be a double-edged sword.

Kendare Blake is the YA author of the gothic horror novel Anna Dressed in Blood. Its sequel, Girl of Nightmares, will be released in August 2012. Stay in touch with Kendare through her website, blog, and Twitter.


Check out the rest of the Literary Swoon series! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy
Deborah Cooke, author of Flying Blind
Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly
Shirley Marr, author of Fury 
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium
Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
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14 Responses to “Literary Swoon, Day Eight: Kendare Blake”

  1. Flannery Anderson

    I lovelovelove this book and the movie that goes along with it. Unrelated to romance, Nan is one of the most horribly awful characters in fiction. Just thinking about her makes my blood boil.

    Great pick!

  2. Candace

    I haven’t read this book. I only read one Maeve Binchy book and it was so slow I couldn’t hardly get through it. That was YEARS ago and probably just a bad choice though.

    I loved Anna Dressed in Blood!

  3. thelibrarianreads

    During my high school years we went to my grandparent’s condo in FL during spring break. I spent the week camped out on the sofa bed…One night I commandeered this book and didn’t put it down till I had finished it. Don’t know why it struck me so when I picked it up, could have been the poor mattress on the bed left me antsy…but I still have very fond memories of this one ;)

  4. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I am not familiar with Maeve Binchy but it sounds like a lovely read. Sigh the more I blog the more books I want to read. I need more time in the day.
    For the record and I know this is unrelated but the you might also like recommends Lost Voices..that book is awful one of the worst books I read last year…

  5. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    I am such a huge Maeve Binchy fan. I own all of her books and Circle of Friends was the first I read. What a great book! I loved Benny, she was such an “Everygirl”. Thanks for sharing the wonderful choice!

  6. Sam

    Another brilliant author for your Literary Swoon series! Yay Kendare Blake! :D

    That Maeve Binchy book sounds so lovely. I like the sound of that scene. Dance scenes are the best, right? ;)

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Sam! We love KB so we are really excited to have her on the blog. :)

      Many a turning point has happened at a big dance, hah. ;)

  7. Jenny

    Awwww, love when the hot boy chooses the “average” girl, gives us average girls hope:) Can’t wait to see what you have in store for Valentine’s Day tomorrow! Yay for more swooning!