Interview: EK Blair

Fading by EK Blair: Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.

At what point do secrets become lies?

Welcome EK Blair!

SRNA: I just finished reading FADING and I have to tell you, it blew me away! Thank you in advance for answering our questions today.

EKB: I am so happy that you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind words.

SRNA: How long, from start to finish did it take you to pen your first draft?

EKB: It took me a little over 2 months to write Fading. The beginning took some time because of the intensity of a few of the scenes. It was hard to get my head in the right place to really feel it.

SRNA: What inspired you to write FADING?

EKB: I have always been drawn to realistic and raw stories. It is always challenging for me to find a book that resonates with me. I have read books that incorporate this particular subject matter, but they have never hit that emotional spot for me. I literally wrote the book that I have always been searching to read.

SRNA: Did you plot the entire book, or did you just fly by the seat of your pants?

EKB: No. I flew by the seat of my pants. I never directed my characters to do anything. I had my ideas, but they never listened to me. I knew certain things had to happen, but sometimes my characters would do something I didn't expects, and I had to go into crisis control mode to get the story to move on. I would often find myself yelling at my computer, after getting carried away with a scene, and would scream, “Candace! What the hell did you just do?!” That girl was always leading me in different directions.
I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino’s writing. I have watched many of his interviews, and he always says to never direct your characters. He claims that when you start doing that, your writing becomes a fa├žade, but when you simply follow them, that is when it becomes real.

SRNA: Was it hard for you to get into the character of Candace, or did you find that she never shut up inside your head?

EKB: Candace was easy and hard.
Easy because she is very similar to me. I really understood her heart and her pain. Her voice was always inside my head. I felt like I breathed her.
Hard because of her intensity. She suffered from so much, and she took me to some dark places. I would, at times, have to take a break from writing because I was just too upset. I had to make the story real, and that meant putter her through hell.

SRNA: You seem to know a lot about ballet, did you research it or was it something you already knew?

EKB: I took my first dance class when I was 7 years old. Dance was my life for many years. At one point, that’s what I thought I would do with my life, but life sometimes has different plans for you, and it did in my case.

SRNA: When in the writing process did you decide FADING would be the first book in a trilogy?

EKB: I had toyed around with the idea of writing a short novella from Ryan’s POV. As I got deeper into writing Fading, I realized he had a bigger story to tell. It honestly wasn't until close to the end of writing Fading that I decided to write his story, which does take place along the same timeline as Fading.
There will be a third book, but at this point, it will only be a novella. When I finished Fading and had people read it, they all fell in love with Jase. I never thought about writing his story, but there is a story there, one that you don’t read that often. I have been a little nervous about the subject matter, but if you know me, you know I like honesty and telling raw stories.

SRNA: There is a pretty "difficult," some may say "graphic," scene early in the book. Was it hard for you to write?

EKB: Excruciating. But, it needed to be told in this way and not glazed over. This is life, and life is not always pretty. But, yes, I was really scared to write it, and it was a hard scene to get through. There were a lot of tears shed while writing this book, but that scene…that was gut wrenching.

SRNA: When might we expect to see FALLING?

EKB: I hope to have Falling (Ryan’s story) out by Winter of 2013. I plan on releasing Freeing (Jase’s novella) first.

SRNA: I hope to get to know Kimber a little more in the next book. Without giving anything away, is that a possibility?

EKB: Probably not. People have been wanting more of her and felt bad for her, but sometimes we make the only choices we know how to make, and unfortunately, people get hurt along the way. You will get a little bit of her in Jase’s book, but there is no real link between her and Ryan.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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