Inanimate Objects Tour: Author Interview With Kendra L. Saunders

Kendra L. Saunders has kindly allowed me to interview her about her newest release, Inanimate Objects, as part of this wonderful blog tour hosted by Parajunkee.com.

 About The Author:
Picture by Luna Gracie

Kendra L. Saunders is a 25 year old novelist, freelancer, poet, interviewer, short story writer, tea enthusiast, lover of all things English, record-shop-haunter and marketing coordinator for Spencer Hill Press. She’s won Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Book Awards and is currently promoting her magic realism novel, Inanimate Objects, as well as traveling the known universes with her steampunk friends and a hot cup of tea.
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 Interview:

Please share with us what you enjoy most about writing?

I remember being in first or second grade and we had a writing assignment. Everyone else wrote stories about kids, but I decided to write a story about a woman on the Mayflower. I got really into it, thinking about how much she missed her husband and kids, because she’d been separated from them for some reason. My teacher contacted my mom and said I was the only kid she ever had who wrote about adults. But there was just this magic to it, and I was already addicted. I loved the idea of becoming someone else, slipping into their mind and learning about them. And adults were so fascinating! I just loved getting to become someone I wasn’t.

It’s much the same now… there’s still this excitement about getting to become other people, or befriend them. I don’t like to write about people who “we all know.” I like to write about people that we all wish we could meet, people we’ll never run into while waiting in a line at the grocery store.


When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

I have so little spare time! Besides writing, I work as a marketing coordinator for Spencer Hill Press and still work at a music store (I’ve been a music store girl for years now). It’s maddening sometimes. My spare time is usually my writing time, honestly, and then if there’s any time after that, I steal away to spend time with friends. Most of my closest friends live at least two hours away, some many states away, so I don’t get to see them as often as I wish. But if I have a day off- truly off- I usually visit friends. And sometimes go on adventures with my friends from the steampunk group, The Vagabonds.


Name the top three things you can’t live without.

Music. Music is probably the biggest one, because lyrics to me are life-markers and words of wisdom. Good lyrics are the poetry I set my life against, and they inspire me in ways nothing else can. A song can hold so many memories in it, and concerts have this incredible energy that just can’t be explained. Plus… there’s such a nostalgic, melancholy feeling to sliding a record from its sleeve and dropping the needle, settling in for a while to listen to something that someone poured their heart and soul into.

My laptop is the definite next. I hate gadgets and my eyeballs suffer every day from them (I see flashes of color and light now even!) but I couldn’t live without my laptop. I take it almost everywhere for writing and internet needs. Plus, it allows me to spend hours every day talking to my best friend, Dusty, since she lives very far away.

And finally, glitter. I always need something shiny, sparkly, feathery or fabulous. It’s just in my DNA.


What do you believe makes a good story?

I think that’s a really undefinable thing. Some stories are good because the characters make you ache to hear their voices a little longer. Some stories are incredible because they introduce an idea or theory. Some stories are good because they encourage or uplift you. I would say some of the universal elements in my favorite stories, though, are characters with a unique point of view, lyrical prose and a really great ending. I tend to skip to the end of books before deciding if I should spend my time reading them or not. A good ending can or break it.


Which character in your novel do you believe you relate to most and why?

I was actually just talking about this with a friend the other day! When I first began Inanimate Objects, Elisha was very much a reflection of the bitterness I felt towards my living situation, towards what I viewed as my own weaknesses in comparison to others. Elisha was so unhappy and had such a grudge! I’m not the type to hold a grudge over much of anything, so I think Elisha was my way of getting out a lot of frustration.

Halfway through the draft, though, life became so stressful and hectic that I had something like a mental and physical breakdown. I fainted at work and hurt my head and developed anxiety that I’d never had for even one day in my life. My health got worse and worse and the next two and a half years were literally a struggle, every day, to find some way to recover enough that I could live a normal life again. During that time, I communicated almost exclusively with friends through the internet or text, because it felt ‘safe.’ And during that time, Leo first appeared in my head. He was strong and aggressive, he was beautiful and alluring. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that writing Leo helped me tap back into my strength, my natural showman side. As my health very slowly improved, I worked through several drafts of the story, and around the time that I was able to return to working full time, I finished this book. I may not be as strong as Leo, but I have some of his determination and that strong desire to use his art both to ‘exorcise the evil soul’ and to create a career. 


Is there a message in your novel that you would like readers to grasp?

It’s funny but I’ve rarely been a ‘message’ kind of writer. Sometimes I wish I was more of one, but the ‘moral of the story’ idea always seems to be elusive. Forgiveness is a very important theme in this story, as is the power of families, whether for good or evil in the future of the children and parents alike.


 Guest Post:

Title: Inanimate Objects

Author: Kendra L. Saunders

Publication Date: August, 2011
Publisher:
Invincible Starlight Publishing

Inanimate Objects is a dark and glittering novel of artists and magicians, muses and immortals. At the heart of the story is Leonidas Bondi, a charismatic young artist who falls under the watchful gaze of Matilda August. Matilda has been a patron to the stars for hundreds of years, but this fickle muse is more than a little taken with her new protégé, blurring her own lines of work and obsession. Providing opposition is Matilda’s son, Elisha, a moody figure who holds revenge above all else after he suffers a terrible wrong.
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 Watch Kendra Read Chapter 1!


 Blurbs:


“Inanimate Objects is quite possibly the most unique story line I have ever read.  Everyone and everything is filled with mystery and enchantment.  However, it’s all on a much different level than anything I have come across.” – Pure Textuality


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Happy reading until next time!