Author Interview with Aprilynne Pike of Wings and Contest

Hello! Today I am very happy to present my interview with the wonderfully kind and talented Aprilynne Pike. I was fortunate to have read her debut novel WINGS and instantly fell in love with it's story and engaging characters.

WINGS makes it's big debut on Tuesday May 5, 2009 (Happy Cinco de Mayo) Aprilynne. I also have a copy that I am giving away. Details at the end of this interview.

WINGS by Aprilynne Pike
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 5, 2009)

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.


Here is my interview:

RR: Thank you so much for letting me interview you. I've read and reviewed Wings and instantly fell in love with Laurel's story. Since then I cannot stop recommending it to all of my friends and fellow bloggers. I find it fascinating that although Wings is a faery themed novel it does not fall into the typical faery stereotype, in return making it unique and fascinating. Where did you get the inspiration for this amazing tale of faery myth and legend?
AP:It was kind of interesting, actually. I sat down and consciously decided that I wanted to write a faerie book. But I didn't want to write faeries that were like anything else anyone had ever seen before. So I knew I had to come up with something completely different, but recognizable enough that it would still fit with the the traditional myths and legends. I'm not sure how exactly I came up with the idea, but it was after a long, mostly sleepless night (I was eight months pregnant besides!) in which I came up with a lot of strange ideas including this Cinderella/Faerie hybrid in which faeries couldn't go outside after midnight. It was very strange. But by the time morning came, I had hit up the basic premise for my mythos, and everything built from there.

RR: Laurel is a shy character who finds herself in a peculiar situation. She manages to thrive because she is surrounded by a wonderful support system of family and friends. Who is your favorite character and why?
AP:I have to admit, I think my favorite character is Chelsea. She is so forthright and honest and never, ever fake. She also is not easitly offended when other people are honest with her. If everyone were both more honest, and less easily offended, our world would be a much happier place! Also, she's just so dang cute!

RR: I like the fact that Laurel's Wings are uniquely different. What gave you the idea for the nature of her wings? and what research did you have to do for it?
AP:One of the things about a lot of magical creatures is that their magic of just for the sake of having magic. I liked the idea of Laurel's "wings" being useful; having a purpose. Honestly, once the idea of the "wings" fell into place, the rest of the mythology just fit.
I have done a ton of research on botany as well as research on traditional faerie lore. I am contantly thinking of new ways in which my mythos affects Laurel's daily life. And when I come up against a questioable situation, I generally have to go back to Wikepedia (my research site of choice!) and figure out the most logical answer. The Wings series is a contant research project!



RR: I am equally torn between Tamini and David. Both of them are amazing and each represent the two different worlds that laurel is a part of. If you were Laurel, which one would you choose and why?
AP:I can't tell you that! (I tried...DARN!!)I know what happens at the end.:) One of the things that I did when I created Tamani and David was that I tried to take a bunch of ideal characteristics for the perfect guy, and parcel them out evenly between the two. The hardest choices that we ever make in this world are not between a good choice and a bad choice, but between two equally good choices. I wasnt this to be a hard choice for Laurel, so I try to make both of the guys equally wonderful, but at the same time, very different.

RR: Is Wings the original title for your debut novel?
AP:Almost! I orginally called it Autumn Wings, and then had a title for each book that began with one of the seasons. But marketing suggested that having a season in the tile would make the books less appealing during the non-title seasons. So we dropped Autumn, and that left us with Wings.:)

RR: How many books do you plan for the series?
AP:There are four books in this series. And I have been lucky enough that they are all contracted, so the whole series will come out over the next four years! RR: What can we expect from next book in the series and what will it be named?
The second book is called SPELLS . . . well tentatively . . . well, not all that tentatively, but until I see it on the book cover, it's not written in stone.:D In it you can plan on seeing more of Chelsea, more of Tamani, and readers will get to accompany Laurel on a very exciting adventure right at the beginning of book two!

RR: This question is for fun, peanut or plain M&M's?
AP:Plain. I actually am a big fan of peanuts, but I like my chocolate unadulterated. In fact, my favorite candy bar is a plain, old Hershey bar. Give me chocolate or give me death!!!;)

Thank you so much for having me!!

and Thank you very much for the interview and I am sure many more will read and enjoy Wings as much as I have. I wish you very much success on your debut novel and look forward to reading more about Laurel and her fascinating world.

If your interested in finding out more about this amazing book and author, and how could you not, please go to Aprilynne Pike's website HERE and get all the information about tour dates, author information and extra's

Now for the contest. I have a copy of WINGS to give away, and this is all you have to do...it is really easy and keep returning to this post because there can be more chances to win. The contest ends on Sunday May 3rd, 9 PM PST.


A) +1 follow me or if you do already, just let me know

B) +1 post this contest on your blog or sidebar

C) Bonus!!! +3 tell me, If you had Wings that were made from something that came from nature what would they be made of and why?

D) Keep checking back for updates....

51 comments on "Author Interview with Aprilynne Pike of Wings and Contest"

Liyana wrote: April 28, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower. If I had wings that came from nature, it would come from autumn leaves and spring flowers as they are very bright and pretty!

loony_balooga_91[at]hotmail[dot]com


So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: April 28, 2009 at 2:30 AM

Great interview! I'm a follower and I'd have wings made out of bright red petals because other than being pretty they're silky soft.


BN Book Blog wrote: April 28, 2009 at 4:20 AM

This book looks sooooo good!!! We'd have wings made of fresh spring leaves because they're so pretty!

Beth & Nathan
bnbookblog@gmail.com


Amelia wrote: April 28, 2009 at 4:55 AM

Cool interview. I've been waiting for this book.
I'm already a follower and this is in my right sidebar (Contests sorted by deadline date) bookjunkiereviews.blogspot.com

Hmm... they would be made out of... black rose petals. (Hey if I'm a faerie then black roses will be real, too :)


cullenwan2b@yahoo.com


Silvia wrote: April 28, 2009 at 5:23 AM

Great interview!
This one seems really good.

-I'm already a follower
-Posted in my sidebar www.silviapisyabooks.blogspot.com
-I would like my wings to be made of Cherry Blossom (Sakura). So nice!

silvia_pi(at)hotmail.es

You have a present at my blog.


shelburns wrote: April 28, 2009 at 6:07 AM

Great interview! I've been wanting to read this one.

+1 I am a follower
+3 If I had wings made from something in nature, it would be rose petals (preferably yellow ones)

shelcows AT gmail DOT com


Steph Su wrote: April 28, 2009 at 6:08 AM

Thanks for the contest! I'm already a follower, and I'm linking to this contest in my sidebar. I'd like wings made of dragonfly wings. They're so delicate, practically invisible, and yet the hum with strength and are able to carry a whole entire dragonfly. Wow!

stephxsu at gmail dot com


Amber wrote: April 28, 2009 at 6:32 AM

Great interview and thanks for the contest! This is one book I've been wanting to read. If I had any type of wings made from nature I would go with honeysuckles because I love how they smell and the color.

sammyjones57(at)hotmail(dot)com


babygirlG wrote: April 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM

I've heard many great things about this book! If I could have wings made of anything in nature, I would use fire, because I would look awesome sailing across the sky!


Fantastic Book Review wrote: April 28, 2009 at 7:34 AM

I can't wait to read this book. I'm already a follower. My wings would be Gardenias because they are beautiful!


Polo.Pony wrote: April 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Thanks for the contest!

+1: I am now going to start following!
+3: If I had to choose something from nature to make my wings out of, I would choose a few different things. Bird feathers to make me lighter and be able to soar, pine needles to give me a scent like no other, Tulips weaved in the wings to make the wings even prettier, and fresh sparkly snow to make me sparkle. However, you may think that the snow would melt, but on a pair of fairy wings, mixed with the ingredients of sand pebbles and sea grass, it holds up wonderfully!

countrystars95@yahoo.com


Shooting Stars Mag wrote: April 28, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Yes yes, enter me. This book sounds awesome.

-I'm already a follower.

-My wings would be made from...honeysuckle. It's just so pretty, you know? And you have to have attractive wings, right???

-Lauren


Cinnamon wrote: April 28, 2009 at 8:41 AM

I am a follower, this is posted in my sidebar and if I had wings, I'd want them to be made out of fall leaves. Beautiful golds, browns and oranges with just a hint of fading green.

http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com
ajourneyofbooks-at-gmail-dot-com


Jenna wrote: April 28, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Awesome interview! I am really looking forward to reading this book.

I follow you.

If I had wings made from something nature it would probably hail. It hails A LOT in Oregon.

Thanks for the contest!

Jenna

jennapomme@yahoo.com


Kate wrote: April 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Amazing interview.
Is this competition open to the UK?
I alread follow you :)

I would have wings made of lots of flower petals so that it was really colourful. It would look really pretty.

katiepinn@hotmail.com


MssJos wrote: April 28, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Great contest! I am already a follower and I have linked this on my sidebar at http://www.mssjossreadinglist.blogspot.com

If I could have wings made out of someting from nature it would be made from calla lilies because they are my favorite flower!

mssjos(at)gmail[dot]com


Erika Lynn wrote: April 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Great interview, I am already a follower and my wings would be made of sunflowers. I don't know if they make good flying material but they are my fav flower. and if i ever needed a snack the seeds would come in handy.

sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com


Angiegirl wrote: April 28, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for the fun interview and the contest! I am already a follower. And if I had wings I think I'd like them to be made of tree bark because I kind of like the idea of scratchy wings with texture. And because they'd look awesome.


Katie wrote: April 28, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Enter me! I'm already a follower. While probably not very durable, I'd pick silk.
bball11kt@sbcglobal.net


MJ wrote: April 28, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Great interview.
I follow.

I'd want wings from pine tree seeds. I think they are really neat!!

mj.coward[at]gmail.com


donnas wrote: April 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Great interview. Wings sounds like avery good story.

I follow you.

I would want wings made of silk that look like butterfly or dragonfly wings.

bacchus76 at myself dot com


bridget3420 wrote: April 28, 2009 at 1:50 PM

I'm a follower.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com


The Not So Closet Geeks wrote: April 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

A) +1 follow me or if you do already, just let me know
Check!

C) Bonus!!! +3 tell me, If you had Wings that were made from something that came from nature what would they be made of and why?

Can they be made out of stars? I like the idea of bright wings. If not, tiger lilies because they are so unique.

not_so_cg[at]yahoo.com


The Book Obsession wrote: April 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

-I follow you
_Going to post this in my sidebar now

-I would love wings made out of rose petals because they are so beautiful.

A7Xlvr0440@aol.com


Jessica Kennedy wrote: April 28, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I'm already a follower!
I posted on my blog!
I would have them made out of the fuzzy "rabbit ears" plants....what are they called..... Lambs Ear! Those plants are sooo soft! They probably wouldn't fly well, but they'd feel awesome! :)


Max Brown wrote: April 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Oooooh, this book sounds REALLY GOOD.

+1 I'm following the blog.

+1 Linked in blog post and sidebar. http://maxsbooksandthings.blogspot.com/2009/04/win-wings.html

+3 I would want wings made of mint leaves. First of all, they're really pretty in their own subtle way. Also, they smell good and cool and fresh, and they would always keep me alert.

My email is max.e.brown.94@gmail.com

Thanks!
Max.


Carrie wrote: April 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

I already have a copy of Wings, so no need to enter me, but I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your review. Great job!! Aprilynne just seems so awesome. Thanks!


Maprilynne wrote: April 28, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Thanks for the awesome interview, Nancy!!! I'm not actually entering but I would love wings made out of ferns.

Aprilynne


Sarahbear9789 wrote: April 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Great interview.
(+1) I am a follower.
(+1) I have the contest in my sidebar, http://sarahbear9789.blogspot.com/
(+3) I would like my wings to be made out of Pine Needles and Sunflower petals... Since I have good memories of both.


Genevieve wrote: April 28, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Nice interview. : )

+1 I follow!

+1 post this contest on your sidebar:
http://caprubia.blogspot.com/

+3 If you had Wings that were made from something that came from nature what would they be made of and why?

Hmm... I think that I'd have wings of something pretty like hundreds of iris petals all layered and over laping like feathers.


Llehn wrote: April 28, 2009 at 11:55 PM

I would love to read this book!

I'm already a follower.

And if I had wings made from anything in nature, I would like lovely gossamer wings because they would catch the light beautifully!


ravelda wrote: April 29, 2009 at 8:20 AM

A) I'm now a follower.

B) Blogged about this here: http://ravelda.livejournal.com/337493.html

C) Ooh, I'd have to say that I would want wings made of fire, like a phoenix. Though that's maybe impractical for anyone but a superhero. ;)


Jo wrote: April 29, 2009 at 8:26 AM

I already follow you :)

I have posted about this contest in my contest section (right sidebar):
http://jo-scrawls.blogspot.com/

If I were to have wings, I think I'd want them made from something beautiful, that also feel great. So maybe rose petals... if rose petals were much larger. Would lily-pad wings look weird? Or, to be extra imaginative, how about, when wanting to fly, I'd "sprout" bubbles that would allow me to float? Maybe not so great, lol.


kim wrote: April 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

+1 I'm following
+3 I'd want to have wings made of the strongest metal that would be unbreakable like what Wolverine has in Xmen!
zoeyredbird9@gmail.com


arya-darcy wrote: April 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Here is my post about this contest (under the heading Contest Three).
http://arya-darcy.livejournal.com/14117.html

And if I had wings, they'd be made from thin abalone shells. When I was young, I was given an abalone bracelet by a loved one, and it's always been my favorite type of shell.


Diana Dang wrote: April 29, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I follow you through my blogroll! Also posted the contest on the sidebar of my blog!

I would love for mine to be made out of ice. I mean, that would be impossible to flew scientifically but the icicles would be so pretty in shapes and designs. =)


deltay wrote: April 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Awesome interview! I've sidebark linked this on my blog at http://lucidconspiracy.blogspot.com

Snowflake wings would be so awesome, because they're just beautiful and glisten in the sun. And they're super unique - no two are alike! Being different and special is awesome. =)


purplg8r wrote: April 29, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Great interview!

+1 I blogged about the contest here+3 I would love to have wings made of purple rose petals


Kayla wrote: April 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I am a follower & i posted a link on the sidebar of my blog.

If my wings could be made of anything it would be water. That way they could always regenerate, they would be mostly clear, and they couldn't hurt anyone.

Kayla
http://midnighttwilightsbookblog.blogspot.com/
midnighttwilight101@yahoo.com


Danielle wrote: April 30, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Enter me!
I'm already following
If I could have wings made of something from nature, I'd pick leaves, because they're so pretty, and there are different varieties.


shelburns wrote: April 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I blogged about this!

http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/2009/04/wednesday-wanderings-42909.html


ReaderGirl wrote: April 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I'm already a follower, my wings would be made of flower petals (hehe)and i reposted!

http://readergirlreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/win-wings.html


Ashley wrote: April 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I would like to enter! booksobsession@gmail.com

+1 entry: I'm a follower.
+1 entry: I posted this contest on my sidebar. http://booksobsession.blogspot.com
+3 entries: I would make my wings out of colorful flowers, so it would look pretty. :)


cyc wrote: May 1, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I'm a follower now. :)

if i had wings made from nature...i say fish scales (rainbow like colors)...so maybe i could fly and swim too...:D


stirlingbennett wrote: May 1, 2009 at 6:59 PM

If I knew how to follow you, I would, but I only barely understand the rudimentary basics of livejournal...can I even follow a blogger account?

Anyway, if I had wings they would be made of clouds. First, because clouds are awesome. Second, if the day were too sunny (which is pretty much mostly as I live in Southern California), I could just wrap myself in my wings and not have to squint. And third, cloud wings just melt away when you have to wear a heavy coat or some other bulky item of clothing under which wings would maybe chafe.

Hmmm...maybe the fey in my books should have cloud wings...and sunshine wings...that might work. Thanks for asking the question, Ravenous Reader!


kalea_kane wrote: May 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I am a follower and I would love to win this book. I have been a huge fan of fairies since childhood.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com


wdebo wrote: May 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I am already a follower

I posted on my sidebar here

http://www.theelectricalbookcafe.blogspot.com/

If I had wings I would like them to be made out of blankets so I could always be warm and comfy.

Wdebo :)

electricalbookcafe@yahoo.com


kalea_kane wrote: May 2, 2009 at 2:26 PM

That was a great interview by the way. :) I posted your giveaway here:

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/05/quickie-book-giveaways.html

I would want wings made of shadow. This sounds rather odd, but I like the idea of them growing and moving with me and being somewhat a trick of light.

Thanks again for the great giveaway.

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com


Debs Desk wrote: May 2, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Please include me in your giveaway. What a great interview. I am a follower.

If I had wings they would be made of wind. I could soar as high as the wind can go.
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net


~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ wrote: May 2, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Ohhhhh Ohhhh pick ME pick ME!!!!
I am a follower!


katie wrote: May 2, 2009 at 5:49 PM

I want this book so bad!!! I am already a follower so please enter me.

If I had wings that were made out of something from nature I would want them to be dandelion petals because you can make a wish on them.

katieb206@gmail.com


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