Hello everyone! My name is Kendra. I’m a novelist, interviewer, poet, full-time fangirl and the marketing coordinator for Spencer Hill Press. The first book I remember really knocking my socks off was called “The Wainscott Weasel” and it was almost like a fantasy version of The Great Gatsby or something, with very adult themes brought to the mind of an 8-year-old with weasels. From there, some of the standout books that really sparked thought, controversy or inspiration in my pre-teen mind were “The Giver”, “The Winter Prince”, “Neverwhere” and anything by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
The biggest turning point, though, was when I picked up “Interview with the Vampire” for the first time. It was such a dark and decadent novel, especially for a sheltered 17 year old from a very quiet, traditional family. I took the book with me on the bus ride to work every day and lost myself in this private world of sexy vampires, lush atmospheres and beautiful horror. “Interview with the Vampire” changed everything in my life, not the least of which my dreams of becoming an author.
I’m now the author of Inanimate Objects, a magic realism novel laced with sexy darkness and magic, and marketing coordinator for a YA publishing company. Between the novel and marketing work, I’ve been given the enormous honor of getting to travel for book-related events such as BEA, Arisia, ConnectiCon and many others. My interest in steampunk also means that I usually travel to the events in style and in the company of my steampunk friends the Vagabonds. The stories of these adventures are shared right here through Pure Textuality in all of their wordy, crazy glory.
My favorite books are “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, “The Winter Prince”, “Neverwhere”, “Zen in the Art of Writing”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Interview with the Vampire”, “Howl’s Moving Castle”, the “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, “Fight Club”, “High Fidelity” and many others that I’m probably forgetting at the moment.
Visit me online at www.kendralsaunders.com, where I will probably tell you about how I’m one cat allergy away from being a Real Author, how much I miss writing about Leonidas Bondi, what my steampunk friends are up to and what new flavor of tea I’m consuming.
Visit me on pinterest at http://pinterest.com/kendralsaunders/ where I will mostly post pretty pictures of rock star Chris Corner and quote obscure indie artist lyrics.