Please welcome 2011 debut author AimÃ©e Carter to the blog today! AimÃ©e is the brains behind ‘The Goddess Test’, a book that has been receiving a lot of hype around the blogosphere lately, and one I’m itching to read! AimÃ©e talks about her beginnings in fanfiction, her new series and YA in general.
Q: Your debut novel ‘The Goddess Test‘ comes out in May this year. Could you tell us a little bit about the story for those who haven’t heard of it yet?
Sure thing – the easiest way to describe it is a sequel to the myth of Hades and Persephone. Not a retelling, since Persephone is a character you hear about in the book, but something that happens in modern times after this myth took place thousands of years ago.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails…
Q: The second in the series, ‘Goddess Inturrupted‘ comes out in 2012. How many books are to be in the series? Do you already have the whole story planned out?
‘Goddess Interrupted’ will be out in January 2012, and it is the second of three books. Originally ‘The Goddess Test’ was a standalone, but I decided to expand it into a trilogy, and if my publisher wants, I already have ideas for a fourth book (but that all depends on how the first three do!). I do have the trilogy planned out – the second book is written, and a portion of the third is as well.
Q: You started writing fanfiction at age eleven. Can you tell us some embarrasing stories about that?
Haha, oh man. Let’s see. I wrote Hanson fan fiction when I was eleven and twelve, and I don’t think it gets much more embarrassing than that. But no matter how embarrassing it is to admit, fan fiction helped me learn how to write, and I wouldn’t take it back for the world. There’s nothing like getting almost instant feedback from people who care about reading a good story, not hurting your feelings.
Q: Writing-wise, what kind of novel/genre-:
Would be the most challenging for you? Anything in the adult section, but especially hardcore science fiction. Or literary fiction.
Do you hope to tackle in the near future? This is a hard one to answer, because I’m currently three projects ahead of ‘The Goddess Test’, with a fourth project stewing in my mind right now. They’re all YA, but their subgenres vary. One’s dystopian, another is a contemporary with an alternate reality twist, and the third is a paranormal action story. So I guess you could say I’m all over the map. What matters to me is doing my best to create a story people would want to read, not sticking to any one genre. What I would love to tackle that I haven’t yet is a middle grade novel.
Doesn’t interest you in the slightest? I think I would give anything a chance if I had an idea I thought could work. Even non-fiction. I don’t enjoy reading most adult novels though. I very rarely connect with adult
voices, so I can’t imagine writing one.
Do you think there should be more of? YA! There can never be enough YA in the world.
Q: Are there any particular authors on todays YA scene that inspire you? Have you had a chance to meet any of them yet?
So many authors out there inspire me! It’s hard to narrow it down. I’ve met a handful of wonderful YA writers who are fabulous people as well – lately Leah Clifford (A Touch Mortal) and Courtney Allison Moulton (Angelfire), and I’ve had the opportunity to chat online through Twitter or email with many others, including Cassandra Clare and Lauren DeStefano (Wither). They’re amazing, strong women with brilliant imaginations, and they’re all incredibly inspiring.
Q: Finally, what are your highest hopes for the release of ‘The Goddess Test‘ and your worst fears?
Highest hopes – that people enjoy it! I really can’t hope for anything more than that. I think we all have wild dreams, but the core of all of those is that people pick up the book, read it, and like it enough to tell their friends.
My worst fears are easy – that no one likes it or is willing to give it a shot. But so far the early reviews have been incredibly positive, and I can’t thank the book blogging community enough for their support.