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An Exclusive Interview with Kendare Blake
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September 2019
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She Writes
September 2019

This month, Kendare Blake released Five Dark Fates, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series. She Writes got the chance to chat with her about the worst job she ever had, her writing partner pets and the first thing she ever wrote.

Share your writing routine.

My writing routine is fairly simple: me in my office with a Doberman on my feet and a naked cat staring me right in the eyes. I try to carry on that way until I have a thousand words or so. 

What’s the first/worst job you ever had?

It wasn't my first job, but it was the worst: selling garbage. Like, going door to door getting people to change trash collection services. I got so jaded, I became like a used car salesman only for trash. Please enjoy a sample of my pitch: "Eyy I mean trash is trash, amirite? Who cares who picks it up for you as long as it's gone?"

Describe your writing style in three words.

Dark. Violent. Food-featuring?

What is the first thing you can remember writing?

A handwritten novel about wild mustangs. It took up three spiral-bound notebooks in the 7th grade.

When did you start to feel like a writer?

I'm not actually sure. When I started to study it full time? When I sold my first short story? Won my first competition? When Anna Dressed in Blood came out? Maybe it was all of those things, all of those milestones that brought it on by degrees. Somehow though, between the spiral-bound notebooks and now, I became a writer. 

Was there something about the publishing experience that surprised you?

Soooo many things. Here's a nice one though: how nice everyone is. How much I really do love book people. And one not so nice: how hard it is to stay in the game. How exhausting it is, even when everything is going right.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Learn to finish! I know so many brilliant writers with a dozen wonderful beginnings and nothing to show for it. Learning to finish it the most important skill. It doesn't have to be perfect the first time; it just needs to be on the page.

What do you do to help develop your craft?

Read. It's the only thing I find that really works.

Why is it important for women to share their stories?

Because women are people and people share stories. And those stories should be read regardless of gender or gender identity. Are you a human? Great, then you can appreciate a woman's story. Also, boys should read about princesses. Princesses go through some shit.

What’s your favorite way to support other women writers?

I buy the books I read the books I recommend the books to people I think would also like the books. And within the community, I just try not to be a butt. And to be there if someone reaches out for help or advice. Or a safe space to rant. 

 

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