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I think by know everyone is fully aware of my feelings in regards to one Ms. Kendall Grey. After picking up “Inhale” based on a tweet that promised to fulfill my pornography needs, I was hooked on the series. Even after “Exhale” shattered my very soul, ruthlessly crushing it as if it were a baby bird, I still couldn’t give her up. I wish I knew how to quit her… but I just don’t. So when word went out for the “Just Breathe” blog tour, I happily… nah… eagerly, went back for more.
Don’t judge me.
Still, I recognize that not everyone is ready to go all fan girl over Ms. Grey. That’s okay. You’re entitled to your opinion. Even if your opinion is wrong.
I’m hoping that this interview will change your mind. And quite possibly rock your world view.
Ginny Lurcock: Dearest Kendall, even though the paranormal genre seems to have found all the new ideas… and then beaten them to death, the “Just Breathe” trilogy still feels refreshing and new. I tried to put my finger on why, exactly, and I’ve come up with three possibles.
GL: 1) Whales: Seriously, why whales? A childhood fascination? Their ability to communicate? Or was it just an aquatic creature at random?
Kendall Grey: I met my first whale in the summer of 2006, and it was insta-love. I think what fascinated me most was the size. And the breath. If you’ve never heard a humpback blow up close, you’re missing out on one of life’s most beautiful sounds. The power behind that mighty exhalation and the quick inhale behind it still gets me, and I’ve seen hundreds of whales. The communication fascination came later when I saw whales off Maui and Australia. Humpbacks exhibit totally different behaviors depending on where they are. On the feeding grounds near the poles, you’ll see cooperative feeding and moms teaching older babies how to hunt. On the breeding grounds, you get competition groups (with lots of aggression between males), singers, and moms with brand new calves. In either place, the surface activity is awesome!
GL: 2) The Dreaming: So a good portion of the first book takes place in the dreaming. Was it freeing to write in a world where anything could happen? Or did the vast and endless possibility end up hampering your creativity?
KG: I loved having the freedom to throw anything out there. Dreams are freaky things, so in the Dreaming, no one would think twice about running into naked blue mermen or talking to whales. I sometimes think I didn’t push the limits of creativity far enough in the Dreaming, but I had to make that realm relatable so readers wouldn’t be totally lost in Wonderland. I’m happy with the way it worked out.
GL: 3) Australia: Most paranormal books are set in the good old US of A. Or, if the writer is feeling frisky, England. Have you spent a lot of time in Australia, or was the writing a product of endless hours or research?
KG: I did a lot of research for this trilogy, especially about the digital tags Zoe and her crew use, but I’ve also been to Australia several times. One of my trips was for a research internship in Hervey Bay (where the JUST BREATHE Trilogy is set). We went out on a boat every day to photograph humpback whale flukes. The flukes are unique to each individual, and it’s important to collect population data to track site fidelity (whether or not the same whales are coming back to the same area) from year to year. Many of my whale experiences from that trip are included the JUST BREATHE Trilogy and the LETTING GO short story about Zoe when she was a kid.
GL: I feel like I should continue on this vein, but really… I gotta ask you something. Scarlet is, quite possibly, the character I hate most in the history of forever. How does it feel to have created the world’s largest cu… err… not nice lady? Ever worry she’ll launch a coup and take over your body? You can be honest, I won’t tell anyone. Promise. *fingers crossed*
KG: Scarlet is a total psychopath. I love her. 😉 I’m flattered you think she’s such a cu—not nice lady. It was so much fun to watch her unravel. My husband claims that I sometimes channel Scarlet, so it’s entirely possibly she’s slowly taking over my mind. Now, if only I could have a body like hers, I’d be doing great!
GL: Okay, now that I got that out of my system… uh… OH! The thought of writing song lyrics terrifies me, and yet you wrote lyrics by one character and based on another. And you did it really well. Was that a fun little bonus to writing the novels?
KG: Thanks! Song lyrics are possibly harder to write than the book itself. I suck at poetry and stuff like that. I actually wrote several songs in the original version of INHALE that never made it to the final cut. Most of them were total shit, but parts of “One,” which Gavin writes at The Whale & Whistle near the end of INHALE, survived. Another blogger on the JUST BREATHE Tour talked me into finishing that song and writing another one. About a stripper. HA! Both of those songs should be posted on February 2 at http://www.yellsworld.blogspot.com if you’re interested.
GL: Final question. This one is worth 150 points and the game. You’ve found a magical wishing lamp, but the genie can only grant a wish to take any character from a cartoon and make them your real life sidekick. What character do you choose?
KG: Killface from the show “Frisky Dingo.” I love him. I want to bear his little cloven-hoofed alien/demon babies. Though, truthfully, I’d be his sidekick, not the other way around. We’d take over the world with his mighty Annihilatrix and break cereal bowls together every morning. And of course, I’d support his campaign for the presidency of the United States. 🙂
Author Kendall Grey is giving away a CRN Care Package featuring:
One CRN T-shirt
One Signed Inhale Postcard
One Signed Exhale Postcard
One Inhale USB
One Exhale paperback
One Just Breathe e-book
Zoe’s fave brew
Sinnder’s Ginger Snaps
Gavin and Yileen’s Tim Tams
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Word diddler and whale warrior, Kendall was born without an off-switch between her brain and mouth. She’s been called the “Flux Capacitor of Twitter” and “A little package of love all wrapped up in F-word paper,” but she’s really just a maniacal writer relaying eyewitness accounts of the rave inside her head. She writes urban fantasy romance and dabbles in erotica and horror on occasion. Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don’t hold that against her.
Be sure to check out the Just Breathe Trilogy website for all things Just Breathe!
All profits from the sales of INHALE, EXHALE, and JUST BREATHE will be donated to whale education.