Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Aprilynne Pike, author of WINGS.
Aprilynne Pike's WINGS is the first of four books about an ordinary girl named Laurel who discovers she is a faerie sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon. When Laurel is thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to both worlds.
About Aprilynne Pike
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
Before we move on to the interview I just want to point out two amazing things: First WINGS is endorsed with a blurb by none other than the amazing author of TWILIGHT, Stephanie Meyers. Second: In a few short days since its release, WINGS has made it to the NYT Bestseller list! Quite impressive.
Me: Welcome, Aprilynne. Congratulations on the wonderful response you've received for WINGS! Now, first question: What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?
Aprilynne: Mostly, my children. I have three kids, six and under, and particularly my one year old is such a handful. (He likes knives.) Because of that, I do most of my writing during the summers when my husband is not in school and can watch the kids. That way they have some kind of parental supervisions while I am writing.:)
Me: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?
Aprilynne: I am in the middle on the outline thing. I learned a ton about outlining last summer and have found that, because if that, I use them a lot more than I used to. I do have to know where the story is going though, otherwise I write myself into corners. I also tend to get to know the characters as I go along and frequently have to go back and add more quirks/hobbies/personality/etc.
Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?
Aprilynne: I love California. Always have. Especially the parts right along the ocean. So getting to set my series in Crescent City in Northern California made it such a fun place to research . . . it also gives me an excuse to go visit there in the future. *sneaky grin*
Me: Hehe, perfect reason to visit! What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?
Aprilynne: Wow, this is a really hard question for me to answer because I have a really amazing actress attached to my book already that I am not allowed to talk about. So naming anyone else seems strangely disloyal, and I'm not allowed to name her. So . . . pass, I guess?? Thanks so much, Jennifer!!
Me: Hmm, interesting! Can't wait to find out the answer to that one!!
o Author Web site: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/