Hi! I’m K.C. Blake, and I used to write romantic suspense for Harlequin, but my first love is and will always be Young Adult. Since I was assigned The Outsiders to read for seventh grade English, I have been addicted to these books. Now I write YA using tons of action, some romance, and a bit of humor.
What first inspired you to start writing?
My mom was an avid believer in reading to your children, so I’ve always enjoyed books. In fact, she taught me to read before I even started to school. I always had what my parents called an ‘active imagination’ so I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually turn to writing.
What attracts you about the supernatural?
It’s escapism at its finest. I love the danger element, the magic, the mythology, and all the wonderful possibilities. Just this last week I read a book about mermaids and another about pixies, quite a variety.
If you could work with any author, who would it be?
Cassandra Clare is my favorite author at the moment. I’ve read City of Bones three times and counting. It would be a dream to work with her.
What is your favourite song lyric?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Motley Crue and Avril Lavigne lately. During the writing of my current book Bait (An Order of the Spirit Realm novel) I listened to Happy Ending by Avril over and over again. I think if Bay-Lee (main character in my book) was real this would be her theme song.
If you could turn any book into a film, which would it be?
One of my books or a book I didn’t write? I don’t think I would want to see any of mine on the big screen because it wouldn’t look anything like what’s in my imagination, and it would wreck my vision of my book. If you are asking about a book someone else wrote that isn’t already a movie, I would pick Need by Carrie Jones.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Don’t rush to publication. Learn everything you can about the process. There is so much to learn. I’ve been on both sides of it, traditional and Indie, and I prefer Indie. But I know it isn’t for everyone.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on the second book in the Order of the Spirit Realm series, Hunter. Then I’ll probably add another book to my Witch-Game series.
Tell us about your latest book and how we can find out more.
Bait: She wants revenge.
At sixteen, Bay-Lee is not your typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, to be noticed, so she never raises her hand in class. She doesn’t participate in extra-curricular activities and purposely puts the wrong answers on tests in order to keep her solid C point average. Her classmates have no clue who she really is, Van Helsing’s daughter. They don’t know she’s on the run, hiding from monsters that want to kill her before she can turn into a great hunter. They’re afraid of her... and they should be because she plans to be the best hunter the world has ever seen. As soon as she is finished with her training, she’s going to track and kill the werewolf pack responsible for tearing her mother to shreds, and nothing is going to get in her way.
He wants redemption.
At twenty, Nick is a rock star slash vampire hunter, personally trained by Van Helsing. He was unofficially adopted by the man and lives in his castle when not touring with his band, Bad-Rock. Years ago his fate was sealed by a fortune teller. She shouted a prophecy for everyone (including his parents) to hear, a prophecy that has haunted him to this day. Even his closest friends wonder if it could be true. Will he become evil and open the doorway to the Spirit Realm, allowing monsters to kill off the human race?
They both want love...
Bay-Lee thinks the last thing she needs is to fall in love, and Nick doesn’t think he’s capable of loving anyone. When they meet, it is hate at first sight. Nick seems determined to ruin her plan for justice. He volunteers to mentor her. Then he refuses to do the job. Bay-Lee has no idea what Nick’s problem is, but she’s determined to find out because she is certain they have a lot in common. The deep grief and anger in his eyes reflects what is in her heart. She has a feeling they can save each other. The only problem is she can’t have both Nick and her revenge. Which will she choose?
but will they live long enough?
Trouble begins when a reaper uses Bay-Lee’s closet to cross over with a warning. Something is killing hunters on their birthdays. It’s a bad time to attend Van Helsing’s school, but she doesn’t have a choice. Her mother died in front of her eyes. She must have revenge even if it means risking everything including her own life. A student dies. Then another. Nick’s birthday draws closer, and Bay-Lee worries about losing the only boy she’s ever loved. Is she a good enough hunter to stop the monster before it strikes again?
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