Welcome to the blog tour for ANTIGODDESS by KENDARE BLAKE!
Welcome to the ANTIGODDESS blog tour! I’m so excited to be a tour host today with author Kendare Blake stopping by for a guest post! Before I start with the tour stop, here’s a little more info about ANTIGODDESS to get yourself acquainted with the book:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.
GUEST POST FROM KENDARE BLAKE
I’m so excited to be hosting author Kendare Blake for a guest post as my stop on the ANTIGODDESS blog tour! Today, Kendare is talking about “The Importance of Being Humorous”!
The Importance of Being Humorous: I love that you have a lot of humor and sarcasm in your books! I love laughing out loud and really loving a character’s humorous side. Is that something that comes naturally with a character? Do you plan the amount of humor to include in a book? Do you ever cut some humor to keep a darker tone overall?
Kendare: It absolutely comes naturally. I didn’t think there would be much humor at all in Antigoddess, except perhaps the ironic kind. But then Hermes showed up. Irrepressible Hermes. And he managed to sneak it in, even in the most dire of situations. I don’t think this sort of thing can be planned, or forced. The character has to show up and speak naturally. Not all of them are going to be funny. Not everyone is funny. Everyone is funny sometimes, and to varying degrees, and so it goes with characters.
I’ve never written a scene and thought, “whoa, I need to lighten this up.” In fact, the scenes that are dialogue heavy are almost never changed. Because how can I change them? That’s what the characters said. It feels like rewriting history if I take the words out of their mouths and turn them around.
This sounds hokey I know, but characters are real people. They have their own histories and motivations, so when they speak, I never have to put the words in their mouths. This made it particularly difficult for ANTIGODDESS, being aware of the characters’ histories and motivations and knowing that many readers wouldn’t be. It was tough to walk that line, let them do their thing, and then keep it understandable through exposition and inference. But I hope I did okay!
A BIG BIG BIG thanks to Kendare Blake!! I am so pleased to have had her stop by for a guest post! The humor and sarcasm in ANTIGODDESS were honestly some of my favorite things. I’m so happy to hear Kendare talk about it because how she explains it is exactly how it feels — these characters FEEL like real people and their dialogue really makes it that way.
Keep a lookout for my review of ANTIGODDESS, coming soon! I really enjoyed it and I’m doubly pleased to be on the ANTIGODDESS blog tour!
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