I have here an interview with amazing author K. Blake. Soon to be posted is the review of his novel “Crushed”, available right now for ebooks from smashwords.com but will be coming out in paperback soon for those who can’t read ebooks from Amazon and Createspace!
Hope you enjoy the interview, the review for crushed will soon be posted, promise!
-Where are you from?
Originally? I’m from California, but I live in the mid-west now.
-When and why did you begin writing your books, was it first for fun and if so when did you decided you wanted to be published?
I started writing when I was twelve after watching a movie that ended badly. My favorite character was killed off, so I picked up a pencil and six sheets of paper. I rewrote the ending. It was so much fun that I decided to try to write a book. It took me years to finish my first novel, and it wasn’t very good. I think I was about seventeen when I got serious about writing.
-What inspired you to write your first book?
Star Wars. I loved that movie so much that I wanted to write a book with a Han Solo type character as the leading man. It wasn’t very good, and I tossed it into the trash. Now I wish I’d kept it, for a good laugh if for no other reason.
-A lot of writers have issues coming up with titles, how did you come up with the title?
Crushed is the name of the game the teen witches are playing. I called it that because they are using a ‘love’ spell, only it isn’t really love. The boy becomes obsessed with the girl and will do almost anything she asks. It seems more like a crush to me.
-Are experiences in your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Once in a while something that I’ve experienced sneaks into my books, but I never use real people. My characters are totally fictitious. I start with someone famous who fits the bill. Then I give them a past and their personality traits are born from their experiences, just like in real life.
-What books are on your bed side table right now?
I am re-reading City of Glass because I want to get City of Fallen Angels, but I’ve forgotten everything about the first three books. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time to read because I am working on my own books more often than not.
-What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I had a hard time with Kristen’s character. At first she was an average girl, but she came off as too needy. She eventually evolved into the strong character that she is today.
-Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read a lot. Write a lot. Don’t give up.
-Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. Writing is a lonely profession, and the readers keep me sane. I try to create captivating worlds and breathe life into characters that the readers will fall in love with. Then I open my world up to everyone and invite them inside. I hope you all enjoy my books. I hope you laugh and cry and fall in love.
-Can you tell us a bit about your book “Crushed”?
Here is a short blurb:
The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.
Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.
But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?