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....