Hey everyone today our Author Spotlight is shining on author Lindsay Kendal. We will be sharing quotes from her books on our FB page today so be sure to check them out. Here is the link to the page Paranormal Reads. Now on to the interview!!
Tell me about your book(s). How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
For the Bloodlines trilogy, I just really wanted to write something different to what was out there at the time. The world seemed to be obsessed with vampires, and don’t get me wrong, I love vampires; I always have. But I wanted to bring back demons, myths, dark magic/occult and put a twist on things stereotypically classed as good and evil. I was also getting annoyed with the needy girls that seemed to be the new style heroines, I wanted a kick-butt female protagonist.
For Leticia, I can’t really remember where that came from. I spend a lot of time in the countryside close to where I live. It’s a beautiful but desolate place and steeped in history. One night while a friend and I were driving through I told him I desperately wanted to write a story and have it set there. I wanted to incorporate some of history and local legends in the book. The first book in this two part series sets the scene well, and its nice for people who know the area to be able to picture it all and walk where my characters do. The second book which I’m hoping to have completed and released in the next few months will delve deeper into the history, the haunted locations and the myths.
Guilt of the Innocent was originally written to go into an anthology. Sadly the anthology was cancelled and I self published it. This might so crazy but I absolutely love nightmares. They are amazing inspiration for me. So I decided to use them as the basis of this story. I’m a great believer that you can take control of your dreams, and in this short, the main protagonist has to learn how or it could cost her her life.
What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
This have changed dramatically over the last eighteen months. My sister had a beautiful baby girl who lives at home with us and I help look after her in the afternoon while she works. I also have two other jobs, I have a Avon round and I work as a freelance graphic artist for authors, and publishing house. So I really don’t have as much time to write as I used to.
I do however carry my little computer around with me whenever I go out and I have a windows phone with all my books uploaded to it. So I can write on the go. I prefer to write either in my bedroom or while I’m out in the hills. I can shut myself off from everything that is going on around me and concentrate. I stay up most of the night so I can have peace and quiet while I bleed over my laptop.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The warped, dark and morbid mind of Lindsay Anne Kendal.
What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
Making sure I actually wrote it properly. I have a tendency to write as I speak and sometimes that can really affect the flow and make it harder to read. Also, learning some of the punctuation. I was never very good at English Literature, but thanks to some amazing friends and great editor I’ve learned an awful lot and I think that shows in my later releases.
Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?
Yeah, I actually found something that made me relax. I had a nervous breakdown when I was in my early twenties and I suffered terribly with my nerves for years. I couldn’t go outside, I had panic attacks, I could never just chill out and relax. Writing takes my mind off everything. I escape into another world and it’s helped me recover greatly. I’m out going again, my nerves rarely bother me and being published grew my confidence.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Everything. I mean, you work for yourself; you meet all kinds of people from every walk of life. You learn so many things about the subjects you write, and I think you learn more about who you really are. You get to create people, minds, worlds and you control what happens. But most importantly I love knowing that when people get home from work after a hard day, they can sit down with a hot drink, put up my book, leave reality behind and escape into a world of fantasy.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to go out and see my friends, I play pool and go for drives out. I love visiting old places, haunted ones too. I spend a lot of time with my niece and listen to music almost all the time.
Which one of your characters is most like you?
Definitely Keira from Bloodlines. She can come across as being a bitch and rather snarky. That’s how I am, but it’s not that we’re horrible people, we just say it as it is – Brutally honest. Sometimes the mouth works before the brain. People always know where they stand with us and always know what’s on our minds. But we also love deeply. We would do anything for the people we care about and protect them with our lives.
What paranormal creature would you be if you could?
Okay, I would be a Vampire. I’ve had an obsession with them from being a child. They’re just so cool aren’t they? If I couldn’t be a Vamp, I’d have to be a black witch or demon. Wickedly awesome!
What was the first book you remember reading?
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. I used to love that book as a child.
Anything you would like to say to your readers?
Yeah, I truly hope to connect with you at some point. Please feel free to add me on Facebook or pop over to my blog. I’d love to hear from you. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them. Also, a big thank you to those who have already read my work and who support me. You mean the world to me.
Just for fun
Favorite type of pet
I’m definitely a dog person, although I would love to have a pet bat. They’re sooo cute!
Halloween, most definitely!
Oh dear, I have three and I really can’t just pick one out. Bram Stokers Dracula, The Crow and Labyrinth.
Again I have three. Two of them I actually have tattooed on me. ‘Heartache Every Moment’ and ‘Kiss of Dawn’ by my favourite band – HIM. I’m also completely in love with ‘Absinth with Faust’ by Cradle of Filth, the music in this is just phenomenal.
Guilt of the Innocent
About the Author
I have lived in Droylsden, Manchester, all my life. I live with my parents, my younger sister, Cheryl and her young daughter, Faith. I never knew what I wanted to do with my life until I began writing. This is my dream.
I get most of my inspiration from music, I’ll sit there listening to it and suddenly I’m no longer in the room. My stories play like videos in my mind, then I go and write them down.
I’m a very dark person, sometimes called gothic, I love anything spooky, supernatural, or unexplainable, and so that’s the genre I want to write in for the rest of my life. I love watching scary films, although I find it very hard to find one these days that actually frightens me.
We would like to thank Lindsay for being our Spotlight Author today!