Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just in time for Halloween---an interview with Lindsay Anne Kendal!

Well, it's that time of year when ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks will soon come knocking on our doors, demanding their fair share of chocolate covered, sugar coated mood enhancers!  While all in fun for the kiddos that traipse through your neighborhood, it also brings out the paranormal interest of many people, so I thought "Why not interview a paranormal writer?"

I would like to introduce to you Lindsay Anne Kendal, author of the Bloodlines Trilogy.  I just recently, through the wonders of social media, "met" Lindsay and am currently reading Bloodlines, which I have found to be quite captivating and very original!  (Once I finish reading her first two books, a full review will follow!)
The second novel in the series, Torment, is slated for release on 11-1-11, so don't forget to look for it as well!

Lindsay has been a wonderful addition to my life in so many ways, even though we have never actually met.  Her willingness to help a fellow writer (this fellow writer for SURE) walk through the darkened path of the writing world has been invaluable to me, and I'm sure, others as well. Her effervescent personality shines brightly through her words and has helped me find my way through the path of the publishing world, and for that, I will always be grateful.  

Lindsay graciously offered to answer my numerous questions below, so please, take a few moments to get to "know" Ms. Lindsay and then visit her website and links below.  

You will be glad you did!

1.  What kind of books do you write and how many have you written so far?
At the moment I write YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. However I have a secret project I’m working on which will still be Urban Fantasy, but definitely for adults.

2.  When is your next book being published?
My next book, ‘Torment’, the second in the Bloodlines Trilogy is due for release on Nov 1st.

3.  When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 21, so that’s seven years.

4.  How did you get into writing, and why did you pick the genre that you currently write in?
It was just a way to relax at first, I was poorly for a few years with panic attacks and anxiety, and writing seemed to calm me down and take my mind of things. It consisted of silly little stories that ended up being deleted. Some were complete rubbish. Then Bloodlines was born. But I never expected to become an Author like this.

This genre has fascinated me since I was a child. I always watched horrors, fantasy films and TV series. I guess everything became predictable and I wanted to create something different.

5.  What is your creative process like?
Yeah good question. It really varies, I can’t honestly say I follow a pattern with anything. I’m very disorganized. I just do things as and when I need to… see what I mean lol. Nothing ever goes the same way twice in my life.
6.  Who is your favorite author, past and present, and why?
When I was a kid I read the ‘Point Horror’ books and I loved Richie Tankersley Cusick. Her books were awesome, especially ‘Trick or Treat’.

Now, and always, I love Bram Stoker. Dracula is one of the best stories ever told. I also love Carolyn Crane, and YOU have become one of my favorites since I read ‘Accountable to None’.

7.  What motivates you to continue writing?
Having people telling me that they love the books and the characters, and how they can’t wait to see what happens next. Also, I changed my mind so many time growing up about what I wanted to be when I was older. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love writing, I love escaping into a world of fantasy and I want my readers to be able to do the same. I want them to be able to come home from a hard days work, get themselves a drink and curl up with my book and escape from the stress of everyday life, into a world so different from our own.

8.  How do you get ideas for your stories?
My inspiration comes from music. I’m very gothic, dark, morbid, and I listen to some very heavy and hellish music. I love some of Cradle of Filth’s music, it’s so haunting. I don’t like the screaming, but the music is so amazing I block it out. Bloodlines definitely has a soundtrack, mainly consisting of their songs.

9.  If you didn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing now?
Probably working some dead end job just to make some money, hating getting up every morning I just wanting to do something that makes me smile.

10.  Tell me about your latest book.
Torment, is the second in the Bloodlines trilogy. In this book we learn a lot more about the characters, more about what is actually inside Keira, and there are two very well known people brought into it. Lucifer and Lilith. There are some shock revelations, powerful magic and intense fights, complimented by a powerful love story, all leading to what I’ve been told in pre-released reviews, is a shocking and exciting cliffhanger.

11.  Your movie has made it to the big screen!  Tell me, who would you want to play the key characters?
I can’t do that. I don’t want well know actors and actresses to play the part. I was a new writer and two publishers gave me the chance to prove myself. I know there are a lot of aspiring actors and actresses out there and I would love to be able to give them a chance.

12.  What’s the worst experience and best experience you ever had as a writer?

The worst – Learning my first publisher wasn’t everything they were cracked to up to be, and that I had had a lot of lies told to me. My book wasn’t even being made available and I was inundated with emails from angry people who wanted to buy the book and couldn’t. I had hell with them and threatened them with legal action after speaking to a solicitor, and finally got out of the contract with them. They also did a lot more than that, but I need to be careful what I say.

The best – Being given a second chance after nearly having my career ruined. My new publisher is wonderful. Also receiving wonderful reviews always puts a smile on my face and boosts my confidence. Which when you don’t have a lot of it, is really nice.

13.  Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing and your life?
I would love to see myself with a lot of books on the shelves that people are enjoying. I would love to be one of those authors where people follow you and read every book you write. That would be truly amazing. To know I was creating things that people were genuinely interested in and enjoying… well that’s just priceless.

I’d also like to be settled down with my own house and a few little ones running around.

14.  Where can people find you and your books on the Internet? 

My Links are as follows.

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