About the book:
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.
An Interview with Aprilynne Pike:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Aprilynne: People are always asking me about what kind of books I read as a kid and I have such a hard time answering because the answer is, I read everything. Seriously. I had one year when I went through alphabetically and read every single paperback book in my library. I don't remember putting books down, even when they were boring, because I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I didn't lean toward fantasy or realism... I just read.
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Aprilynne: I actually don't tolerate slow books as much as I used to, unless they are historical (in which case there better be lovely, rich details!! :) ) I do lean toward fantasy and I don't read a lot of problem novels. However, I still love endings and will forgive a lot of problems for a good ending! However, I will also forget a lot of good stuff if I hate the ending.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing WINGS, and what was the hardest?
Aprilynne: My favorite part was the way I was so driven. I knew I had something good--I could just sense it! And I couldn't not write. I felt almost panicky in my need to finish it!!
However, that led me to my hardest part which was totally getting off track about 100 pages in and having to delete a full fifty pages, and get myself back on track. But it was worth it!!
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Aprilynne: Not really. Well, sort of. I moved twice during my freshman year which meant that I got to be the new girl twice in six months. I think I used those memories when I was writing Laurel being the new girl at the beginning of WINGS.
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Aprilynne: The most exciting moment was finding out my book had sold! Even now, that is my favorite memory!! My scariest part was finding out my print run. I was sure I could NEVER sell that many books!!
Me: What are you working on now?
Aprilynne: I am putting the final touches on a stand-alone YA about a klepto ghost. It is a modern day retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel and is a pet project I have been working on for about three years.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Aprilynne! More interviews to come later this month. :)