Writers on Writing: Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake dock.jpgKendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their two cat sons (Tybalt and Tyrion Cattister) and their red Doberman dog son, Obi Dog Kenobi.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

It’s hard to choose just one thing. I think the most important thing to remember for me, is that there’s always something else to learn. To keep on reading, and pushing myself. To try out new things, new styles, new points of view. New genres.

How has this helped you as a writer?

It keeps it interesting for me, and what keeps me getting better, rather than falling down and sucking intensely.

Mac or PC?

PC. Though Macs are very nice, I hear. And so pretty.

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

Word. Though Scrivener would undoubtedly make my writing life so much easier. All the organizational tools for revising…I hear wonderful things about it from writers who swear by it. But why would I want to make my life easier? So, Word it is.

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

Nope. If I take notes they’re by hand or word processor. One time I took a memo in my phone but that was only the one time and I didn’t like it when it was happening.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really. Is a lunch break considered a ritual? Because I always take my lunch break. Not MY lunch break exactly, but I have a dog with acid reflux who needs to be fed rather regularly. Other than that, my process is that I think on an idea for a few years before it really starts to come together. But once it has, I just sit down and let it wrangle itself out on the page.

Do you start by writing or researching first?

I research on the fly. Or in revisions. I daydream first. Then I write.

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

There’s only one spot that I really write, and that’s in my office at my desk, with a Doberman on my feet and a Rottie mix beside my chair, occasionally with a Siamese-tabby looking over my monitor.

Favorite spot to write in the summer?

However, I also like to get together with my writing group at a little coffee house we know. They have excellent paninis and white wine, and a bit of conversation makes the hours fly by.

Visit Kendare’s website for the latest news.

Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

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