April 24, 2015
Hello everyone and welcome to our Tour Stop for
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
hosted by Kismet Book Touring!
We are thrilled to have been able to interview Kady today for our stop!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
CxC: Hi Kady! Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
KC: Thanks so much for inviting me!
CxC: Describe Sisters of Blood and Spirit in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
KC: Sweet Valley High meets Supernatural. OR – Twin sisters. One is dead and the other has just gotten out of a mental hospital, and they’re finding out that there are things in the world more terrifying than high school.
CxC: What was your inspiration in writing Sisters of Blood and Spirit? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
KC: You know, it’s weird. I don’t really remember the exact moment it came to me. I just knew that I wanted to write something different, and I’ve always had a thing for ghosts. I thought about some of my favorite books when I was a young teen, and I remembered what an escape Sweet Valley High was. I also remembered thinking that those books were totally unrelatable for me! lol. So, it was really a matter of me thinking, ‘What would I have loved to read as a teen?’ and I thought of twins and ghosts. And then I wondered what if one of them was a ghost? I got very excited about the idea. Whenever I tell anyone about Lark and Wren they’re always immediately interested in the fact that one of them is a ghost. I think it’s because we’re all very aware of our own mortality, and the idea of there being something beyond that is nice — even if it is scary!
CxC: Tell us about the main character(s) in Sisters of Blood and Spirit.
KC: Lark is the slightly older twin. She’s been through a lot — people think she’s crazy. She’s tried to kill herself, been committed, and now is back in her home town where everyone is watching her. She also knows ghosts are real — and some of them are real monsters. They scare her. Even her own sister sometimes scares her. But Lark is driven by her fear — it makes her stronger. And her love for Wren is what gives her the most strength. Wren is the ghost. She’s never been alive, so she doesn’t ‘get’ what it is to be human and have the fragility of life hanging over her head. She also doesn’t have the same moral compass as her sister because she’s dead, so it makes her very unpredictable. Lark is the only thing that gives her any sort of humanity. I have it in my head that no matter what the two of them go up against, Wren is actually the most terrifying creature Lark could ever face.
CxC: Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
KC: I think it’s the moment Mace asks Lark to forgive him for saving her life. I just love that connection between them. A lot of people have said they hope Lark and Mace get together, but I’m not sure how it’s going to play out. Right now I’m really interested in building a friendship between them that goes beyond gender and teen-hormones. Mace is going to become Lark’s best friend, and not everyone is going to understand that relationship — not even Lark and Mace.
CxC: Was there a specific part in Sisters of Blood and Spirit that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
KC: There wasn’t a particular scene, no. In a way, however, the whole book (and the second one) has been a little difficult for me — in a bittersweet way. My interest — my love, actually — for ghosts comes from my mother, who died a few years ago. She and I used to watch shows on hauntings, and read books about ghosts. She believed they were as real as trees or the sky. She never claimed to communicate with them, but she’d had a few experiences she couldn’t explain, and was perfectly content to keep an open mind. So, in that respect the entire book was hard to write because it taps into my relationship to her. There were so many times I wanted to share the book with her, and then I would realize I couldn’t. She would have loved these books, which she played a part in me writing, and that makes them so special to me, but also hard to write at times.
CxC: What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
KC: I just finished writing Sisters of Salt and Iron, which comes out next year. In it, you’ll find out just what the sisters are, and what’s going on with Emily and Alys. It solves some mysteries, but introduces new ones. And, I’m going to be writing thrillers for Hachette’s Red Hook imprint under the name Kate Kessler. The first of those books, which I’m writing now, comes out next spring. I’m very excited about both projects! I’m feeling very fortunate to be writing the books I love to write for two great publishers.
CxC: It was great having you on the blog today, Kady! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
KC: Thank you so much! I will certainly pop by.
In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. When she’s not listening to the characters in her head, she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured.
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