Guest Post: Lindsay Anne Kendal on Inspiration & Bloodlines Giveaway

Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop of the Bloodlines Experience tour!  Today we have special guest Lindsay Anne Kendal, author of Bloodlines, describing where she finds her ideas.  We’re also giving away an electronic copy of Bloodlines to one lucky winner.  You can see more about that later on in this post.  Finally we’ll have up a review of the book later in the day.

Summary from Goodreads.com:

Keira Jameson used to lead a normal life, she just had a gift, passed down through the generations of her family. Now, after hearing voices, having strange dreams of others calling out to her, and her grandfather's last words haunting her, she sets out to find other families like hers. Along with her best friend Lily, the only person outside her family to know about her gift, Keira begins a hunt for her ancestors. A chance meeting with a young man, Lucian Turner, sets them on the right track, but their discoveries change the way Keira will see herself for ever more. Fear, superstition and heritage are shaping Keira's future and she must face her enemies, even if this could mean losing her life. She cannot escape her destiny. 

Part Buffy-style horror, part tender romance, Bloodlines will have fans of the genre on tenterhooks waiting for the next instalment of this gripping and hell-raising tale.

 

Hi Guys and Gals,

Thank you so much for having me. My name is Lindsay Anne Kendal, although my friends call me Linz. I’m the author of the Bloodlines Trilogy. Bloodlines is now available, and the second in the series, Torment, will be available from November 1st.

I always get stuck when asked to do a blog post, I never really know what to talk about and I don’t want to bore people. So I thought I would think about some of the questions people ask me regularly and answer one of them.

A lot of my friends say to me “Linz, where did that story come from? What must go on in that head of yours?”

This kinda makes me laugh to myself, and some people do think I’m weird. Well the truth is... I am, and I’m proud of it. I’d hate to think people thought I was a ‘normal’ person lol. I love everything gothic, weird and wonderful, scary, supernatural and fantastical. It all fascinates me and has done so since I was a young girl. My friend and I used to go to the local video rental store every weekend and rent as many horror films as we could, then sit there in the dark watching them. We did it for so long, and saw so many films that sadly these days, nothing scares me or her. I now spend most of my time laughing at horrors.

I have some very strange beliefs too. I have so many of them that I couldn’t possibly start to tell people on here. Some baffle my friends and they look at me like I’m crazy, but hey, I believe what I believe.

I listen to very heavy metal music, I love Cradle of Filth. I’m not keen on the screaming, but the music is just amazing and a massive inspiration to me. It’s so hellish and haunting. When I listen to their songs I get lost in a world of fantasy. My stories play like movies in my mind, and then I go and write everything down. The song ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’ gave me the inspiration for the fight scene at the end of Bloodlines. It’s an amazing piece of music.

I think what freaks people out the most is the fact that I love nightmares. They’re brilliant. You’re probably thinking, this girl is messed up, but... my nightmares can act as inspiration. If they frighten me, then great, since there isn’t much that does. It also, to my mind, means it could frighten others. It’s my goal to one day write a novel that will scare the hell out of even the toughest people, so keep the nightmares coming.

This is the only insight I can give people into how my mind works and why. It’s a mix-up of strange, horror, weirdness all rolled into one. But I think when you write in my genre, you need to be a little bit mixed-up and weird.

 

Thanks so much, Linz!  You can find out more about Lindsay and the Bloodlines trilogy, including the second book Torment out November 1, at the following places:

Website - http://www.lindsayannekendal.com/

Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindsay-Anne-Kendal-Author/205994872781867

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3433502.Lindsay_Anne_Kendal

Book trailers - http://www.lindsayannekendal.com/apps/videos/

 

As part of the Bloodlines Experience, we have an electronic copy of Bloodlines to give to a lucky winner.  This giveaway is easy to enter: one entry with no strings and an extra entry for commenting on what inspires you.

Please fill out the form below and good luck!  The contest will run through midnight Central on Tuesday, October 25.  Since this is an e-book, this contest is open to everybody!

 

CONTEST NOW CLOSED

 

Don't forget to come back later today for our review of Bloodlines!