I’m happy to post this interview between Kendare Blake and my students, I only wish that I’d get the chance to read Anna Dressed in Blood. My students holding the interview read Kendare’s book first and have been raving about it. Courtney very excitedly told me that I HAVE to read this book. The problem? Now that Courtney and Christian have been talking about Anna Dressed in Blood, I can’t get my hands on either of my copies. They’re hogging it! ** Which I’m very happy about 🙂 **
Summary of Anna Dressed in Blood (From Goodreads):
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.
- Where did you come up with the idea of the athame?
When Cas showed up in my head, he had a knife in his hand. I knew he had to kill stuff, and I knew he was a very physical guy, so a knife seemed like the only way to go. But I didn’t want to just call it a knife. So I called it an athame. Which is a witch’s knife, or dagger.
- What made you want to write?
Well, I read a lot. I think it all came from that. I lived a lot of stories in my head, and I guess my brain just got used to it. Now there are stories in my head most of the time. I’m a freak like that.
- Are any of the places in the book real?
Yes! Glad you asked. Thunder Bay, Ontario is a real place. Morfran’s antique shop (and his antique shop dwelling Labrador) is based on a bunch of different antique shops in the area, and also one in Michigan. Kakabeka Falls, where they have the party at the beginning of the book, is real, and so are a lot of the ghost stories they tell.
- Are you going to write a sequel? PLEASE!
Of course! But I think just one. It’s called GIRL OF NIGHTMARES and it’s coming out next year. I hope you like it!
- Did you have to research the “obeahman” power, or did you make it all up?
Obeah is a real thing. I researched it as much as I could. But there really is an air of mystery around it. Obeah guards its secrets. And yes, whatever didn’t quite work for me, I tweaked.
- Do you personally believe in ghosts?
Sure. Why not? You can’t really prove that they DON’T exist. I guess you could say that I believe in them and don’t believe in them in equal measure. I’d love to have a ghost story happen to me though. I should start hanging out in more haunted places.