Writing a book requires a lot of self-motivation, what motivates you to keep writing?
Strangely enough, writing is its own motivation. I’ve never been in the middle of a book or a story and realized that I didn’t want to be writing it anymore. I’m invested in every tale I tell, in the characters and their worlds. It would feel like a betrayal of them, or at least a disservice to them, to stop. Even the stories that will never be published have their ends. Plus, if I don’t write at least a little something…after a while I get fairly cranky. People notice.
What does an average day of work look like for you?
There are no average days of work! Or at least, they tend to vary enough to keep it interesting. Some days will be split on the business of writing, mailing and website updates and returning emails. Some days the writing is good and I’m finished after two or three hours. Some days the writing is bad and I’m finished after two or three hours. Sometimes I’m at it for ten straight. Occasionally there’s a cat in my lap and I stop writing to pet him every...minute and a half or so. I try to remember to break for lunch, then wind up eating lunch at four in the afternoon.
I´m currently reading your book Antigoddess and I´m loving it! What inspired the book and how did the process of writing it look like?
Oh, thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Antigoddess came from a desire to write about the Trojan War. I love the Iliad, and the Odyssey, and I’ve always wanted to write those characters. The ones who had it rough: Hector, Cassandra, Andromache in particular. I guess I wanted to give them a second chance. But I mucked that up horribly, because over the course of the Goddess War books their lives get progressively worse. Whoops.
The process of writing it was a series of false starts. I wrote two entire novels about Cassandra before I realized why they sucked: she didn’t want to be the main character. She doesn’t like the spotlight. I can’t say that I blame her. And about a year or so earlier, I had written a vignette featuring dying Greek goddesses. Once I figured out that I needed to expand and incorporate that concept, the book came together fairly easily. Except for Cassandra’s storyline, which needed to be rewritten an additional two times. She’s so…difficult!
You write mostly series, do you find that writing a second book in a series is pressuring due to expectations from your readers? How do deal with that pressure?
Interesting thing about publishing timelines: often an author will write the sequel before the first book comes out. For instance, my next series starts with a book called THREE DARK CROWNS, which comes out in 2016. But I’m going to be writing the sequel to it this summer. By the time I know what readers are hoping for, or what they expect, the sequel will already be in the can.
But there is pressure, when you launch a new series. It’s new, it’s different, and you know that some readers from your first series won’t follow to the next, and you know that some who do won’t like the new one as well as the old, or perhaps they won’t like it at all. But you worry about that stuff with every book. All you can do is write the book you want, and write it as well as you can.
Which existing book did you wish you wrote?
Lots. No, wait. I don’t wish that I’d written any of my favorites, because then I couldn’t experience my favorites in the same way, from a reader’s standpoint, and I wouldn’t give that up for anything. So, I guess I wish I wrote something famous that I’ve never read. Madame Bovary. I wish I had written Madame Bovary. But only for a few more months, because I plan to read it soon.
Thank you to Kendare Blake for not just answering the questions but also for doing so in such a fun way! I´m so obsessed with this girl’s style of writing and couldn´t be more honoured to have such an amazing writer be part of LittleCoffeeBreak. If you haven’t read any of her books you simply have to! To learn more abound Kendare she is on twitter @KendareBlake, Facebook, or reachable through her website, kendareblake.c