Friday, September 16, 2011

Character Interview: Cas from Anna Dressed In Blood

I'm a little giddy today over the fact that I have Cas from Kendare Blake's amazing young adult novel Anna Dressed in Blood joining me on the blog to answer a few questions. I absolutely adored this book (you can read my review HERE) and cannot recommend it highly enough. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, run to the bookstore immediately! Thanks to the fabulous ladies over at Kismet Book Touring, I also have some fun details about an unbelievable giveaway opportunity, so be sure and check out the bottom of the post for those!

Let’s flash back to the first moment you saw Anna descending the stairs of her home – what popped into your mind the moment you set eyes on her?

There was a vague sense that I was going to die. Badly. I was going to die a whole lot. But I think there was also a sense that I was seeing something…important.

If you had the opportunity to briefly speak to your father as a ghost, what would you most like to say?

If my father is anywhere, I hope he’s not a ghost. He’d find that way too ironic. But if I could speak to him? I don’t know. Whatever time there was would be too short or too long.

Do you have one ghost hunt in particular that stands out in your mind as the most intense/scariest?

Aside from Anna it would probably be Peter Carver. He was the first. In life he’d been a murderer himself. In death he partnered with his victim to kill others. He almost threw me out a window. My mom was pissed.

Anna’s been confined to her house for years; where in the world would you take her if you could?

Anywhere she wanted to go. Probably lots of places. She told me once she wanted to see Paris. Or just other parts of Canada.

What is your favorite ghost-themed movie or TV show?

I love the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Going up against Freddy Krueger has always been sort of a daydream of mine.

If you could tell the masses one single truth about ghosts, what would you want to get across most?

They don’t know they’re dead. At least, not usually.

What are the best and worst parts of being named Theseus Cassio?

There’s a best part? I know the worst part is explaining that I have Shakespeare and mythology-loving parents. I guess the best part would be not being called Theseus.

After your experience with Anna, is there anything you’re going to change about how you approach ghosts moving forward?

No. Anna was special, but I still have a job to do. Hesitating, over-thinking; things like that can get you killed in this business.

Thanks for stopping by Cas! Kismet Book Touring has put together a spectacularly cool tour for this book, so be sure and follow it (all the dates are listed below) to read fun guest posts, interviews, and reviews as well as collect all the information to enter to win a Kindle 3 with Anna Dressed in Blood skin (pictured above)! Here's how the contest itself is going to work:

Who is about to take on Anna next? Each day during the first week, a new ghost fighter will be introduced and invited, by Anna herself, to come to Thunder Bay and try to defeat Anna. Follow the tour for the next three weeks to find out who the other ghost hunters are, which of them accept Anna's challenge and who among the five is the one who will enter Anna's house on the last day of the tour!

On the last day of the tour, a link will be provided where you can enter the ghost hunters name for 15 entries into the contest to win a Anna Dressed In Blood skinned and loaded Kindle 3! Open US/Canada.

For an extra points in the meantime, you can gain +1 point a day by tweeting the following:

Who will make it to Thunder Bay? Join the contest to best Anna and win an Anna Dressed In Blood Kindle! Follow #ADIBtour @KendareBlake

MY GHOST HUNTER (click picture to enlarge):

Monday, September 12th - Rachel, Parajunkee
Tuesday, September 13th - Stacey, A Reader's Record
Wednesday, September 14th - Alyssa, Teens Read and Write
Thursday, September 15th - Heather, Buried In Books
Friday, September 16th - Jenny, Supernatural Snark

Monday, September 19th - Melissa, I Swim For Oceans
Tuesday, September 20th - Tawni, The Book Worms
Wednesday, September 21st - Alice, Alice Marvels
Thursday, September 22nd - Julie, That's Swell
Friday, September 23rd - Angela, The Reading Angel

Monday, September 26th - Julia, Rex Robot Reviews
Tuesday, September 27th - Ashley, Smash Attack Reads!
Wednesday, September 28th - Britta, I Like These Books
Thursday, September 29th - We Fancy Books
Friday, September 30th (Anna's 1 month birthday!) - Kristi, The Story Siren

Tuesday, October 4th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Kendare's Site!


  1. "He almost threw me out a window. My mom was pissed." Haha, I love Cas! He's so unintentionally funny! Thanks for the fun interview! :)

  2. I love this interview! Makes me want to read the book! I have it lying around, I just need to read it! :] Bumping this on my TBR list!

  3. Great Review. But I still think I will steer clear of this novel. I am not great with scary books. eep. 'dive for cover'.

  4. This interview was epic! I so enjoyed it and now must read the book even more!

  5. Lauren - He's hilarious, I adore him:)

    Liza - Yes! You should definitely read it, I loved it:)

    She Known as Jess - I'm miserable with scary books too, but this one was so well done:) Maybe if you just read it in the middle of the day?

    Felicia - Thank you! I think you'll really like this one:)

  6. What a great interview! I read your review on the book when you posted it and I cannot wait to read this book. :) Beautiful cover art too!

  7. "Going up against Freddy Krueger has always been sort of a daydream of mine."

    LOL, Cas is adorable and extremely witty. Can't wait to meet him and Anna.

  8. I love Cas! These questions help me understand him more. Plus, he is super funny :)

  9. What the... bleep! Who the heck wants to go up against Freddie? I surprise that creepy clown from IT isn't on your list too, Cas.

    And I kind of have to agree that the best part of your name is not being called by it. :P

    Just kidding. I like unique names. Own it. :)

  10. Freddie is one freaky son of a gun, I tell ya that much. Cas, sometimes the things you think scare the hell out of me. Me thinks that's why I love you so much. Although, the land of the living isn't all THAT bad. And, have you ever realized that the short version of your name is the same as Casper the friendly ghost? I'm sure it didn't pass by your notice, but you brought him up in the book so I thought I'd mention it. Nothing like stating the obvious to make things more awkward.

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  11. Jordan - Thanks! I hope you get to read it soon, it's amazing:)

    Rummanah - He and Anna new character favorites. I can't get enough of them:)

    Savy - He is funny, I need more of him:)

    Missie - Right? I would be running far, far away. Freddy scares the snot out of me.

    Jen - You are too funny:)

  12. I like Cas already. She feels so down to earth, which is an important characteristic in her world. I wonder which other parts of Canada she wants to visit.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Cas is one of my favorite characters I've read this year. If I were single, and he were real, I'd be all over that.

  14. If I was a ghost hunter, I'd probably find my my first ghost kill pretty memorable too. Great interview, Jenny.

  15. EEP! Oh my gosh, I am SO excited for this book and it sounds better every time I hear more about it! I haven't even read the book yet and I already like Cas!

    Amazing interview, Jenny! :)

  16. Na - Cas is awesome! He's a "he" though:)

    Logan - Me too. I would pounce on him like it was my job.

    Zahida - I could never be a ghost hunter. I'd pass out from fear before I could even attempt to kill them:)

    Mimi - I LOVED this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  17. Fantastic review! I just got the book! Can't wait to start it!

  18. I love the name Theseus, but I can understand how a young lad may hate it. Oh and NO not Freddie. *shivers*

    You know this book is jumping up and down saying pick me up next... NEXT! LOL

  19. Oh I love Cas and I loved this book!!!

    Can I tell you when I got it as a surprise review book from the pub- I almost PEED my pants with excitement....

  20. I want to trun to the bookstore and buy this book. But, yes there is a but, I can't! ;( Maybe next month. Fingers crossed. :)

  21. Kristi - Can't wait to see what you think!

    Melissa - I like it too, though growing up with it would probably be challenging:)

    Tina - Wasn't it awesome? I need more Kendare Blake asap.

    Nina - I've got my fingers crossed for you, this one is definitely worth the hardcover buy!

  22. Nice interview :)

    Poor ghosts :( Not knowing they are dead

  23. I just want to say that I'm totally obsessed with this book from the title alone. I'll have to read it soon!

  24. Yay a Freddy lover, just gotta watch out for those blades!

  25. What a fab interview! I loved Cas -- he totally rocked. But not a fan of Freddie. *shudder* That movie literally gave me nightmares.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  26. Now?? I MUST read this book!!

    (What an awesome book tour/interview!!)

  27. Blodeuedd - Thank you! And it would suck to not know you're dead wouldn't it?

    JL - LOVED it. Loved. And when is Jenny going to stop by for a visit?

    Krysykat - Seriously. Those would do some damage.

    Mary - Thanks! I can't watch the Freddy movies, they would forever traumatize me:)

    Jac - YES! Do it:)

  28. *shivers* Peter Carver sounds positively creepy!!

    I love that Cas would take Anna anywhere she wanted to go. SUCH a sweetie!!!

    I loved this interview, Jenny. =) Great questions!!

  29. Terrific interview! Cas is so adorable! I know he's lethal to ghosts but he is just so adorable and he's funny. Great combination!


  30. Cas is wicked awesome! It was nice to get to know him better. :)

  31. Paris is a great choice!

    The Freddy movies, no way in heck! I'm still traumatized from watching them when I was younger...NO WAY!

  32. I love this interview! Cas is such an awesome character, he's definitely one of my faves. I love how snarky he is at times. lol! Thanks for sharing this with us, Jenny!

  33. I'm reading this book now...which reminds me I need to change my "currently reading" image. lol I'm totally loving this book. Great interview. I love Cas!

  34. Nightmare on Elm Street... Freddy STILL freaks me out!

    I so need to read this RIGHT NOW!

  35. hahaha I'm ADORING this book right now! I'm putting my review and feature up tomorrow, and I'm going all fangirly over it...almost how I am over you ;)

    Great feature!

  36. Lol, Cas is the best. His humor is awesome :D

  37. OMG I love this interview. Cas is awesome. He's my ideal protag :D

  38. I seriously need to get this book in my hands NOW. And how cool is that Kindle skin?!?!