Dark Days of Summer Tour: Interview with Aprilynne Pike

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome Back!! 
Today on The Dark Days of Summer Tour
 we have an 
AwesomeSauce Interview with 
Aprilynne Pike!!

When you originally brought David or Tamani to life on paper, did you have any specific Hollywood actors that you based their physical appearances on?
-I get this question a lot, but the answer is no. Honestly, I am not very connected to the movie scene and I don't think I'd be good at picking actors. But more importantly, when I create a hero, I see a very clear picture in my head and I match their looks to the personality I'm writing. I think if I had a living person I was basing a character's looks on, I would start to make them act like that person. Appearance and actions are very bound together in my head.

I read that you enjoy singing in your spare time. If you were given the opportunity to be the opening act for the favorite musician or band who would you chose?
-*laugh* Not that kind of singing. I am a classically trained soprano and I like theatre! But I would play Elphaba in Wicked or Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel any day, any time.

What would you sing and what would your stage name be?
-I would sing something from Broadway and disappoint the poor fans, I'm afraid! And I actually really like my own name.:) My author name is not a pen name--it's my real life name!

Congratulations of Disney purchasing the movie rights to your Amazingly popular Wings series which I love! I think Miley Cyrus will capture the role of Laurel brilliantly. If a movie were based on your life; Which Hollywood actress would you chose to capture you brilliantly on the big screen?
-Oh, Emmy Rossum, no question!!!! I adore her and she looks a bit like me . . . only way more gorgeous!! She sings and does theatre as well. She's my much better looking long lost twin. *wink*

What would you name the movie??
-Just Another Day in Paradise! I'm pretty open about the fact that I love my life!

As a mother myself I'm fascinated by your desire to work with pregnant mothers as a childbirth educator, what inspired you to do such a selfless task?
-When you're a "birth junkie" like I am, trust me, it's not that selfless. It's truly thrilling and a privilege! I am a huge believer that women who want a non-invasive birth should not have to fight so hard for it. Being a doula allows me to either help in the fighting, or keep all of the confrontations shunted over to the husband, not the hard-working, laboring mother. And birth is just so amazing to witness!

I can only imagine that with you being a successful published NYT bestselling author with Harper Teen you have had opportunities and experiences available to you that were not previously. Can you name something wonderful that has happened to you in lieu of your huge success?
-My husband stays at home with me. Honestly, that is the very best thing that success as an author has brought me. At the moment he is attending school part-time as well, but he doesn't have to work and I generally see him 75% of my waking hours. Heaven for me!

As far as business goes, I love NYC and being an author gives me the opportunity to go visit at least yearly. It is one of my very favorite places in the whole world!

Is Laurel's character based on yourself or anyone you know?
-Oh goodness no! I don't ever base characters on other people because then I start writing about those people, not about my characters. Laure in particular I wanted to be very kind, and emotionally vulnerable. I made her *SPOILER* a healer because I wanted to show that there are many ways to be strong and that physically doesn't have to be one of them. Although I didn't base my character on her, that's a lesson I definitely learned from my mother.

When you first discovered your books were going to be published by Harper Teen, I can only imagine it was surreal. Can you describe your first initial reaction to it?
-Hehe. Finding out your book is going to be published is like waking up from a coma; movies lie about it and it actually takes many days to accomplish.:D There was a huge degree of relief when I initially found out there was interest in my book. Then there were a couple of days when offers were bandied about and changed and negotiated and by the time I had "A Book Deal," it was quite surreal. I know I wandered around with a sappy look on my face for several days. However, when you tell someone you are having a book published and people ask when, and you say in two years, they start to look at you like you're a liar. So honestly, it's much nicer now to say I have books out already and will have more coming out in a year.:D

Who was the first person you called to tell you were published by Harper Teen?!
-Actually, my husband didn't have a cell phone, so I emailed him. (He was in law school at the time.) I had to make sure he heard it first, so it was a couple hours before anyone got a call from me. I don't remember, but I suspect I called my mother. Don't we all??;)

Do you remember your inspiration for choosing a paranormal creature as faeries to be featured in your books?
-I have just always loved faeries. I decided on faeries before I had a story, or a mythos, or a plot, or a world, or anything. In fact, when I set out to write my first non-Wings book I literally thought to myself, "Well, I did faeries; what else is even remotely as cool?"

What have you accomplished besides your ubber successful book career that you are proud of, would you mind sharing it with me?
-Mostly my family. I have a fabulously hawt husband who I adore and the four most brilliant children on the face of the earth.:D Seriously though, they are my greatest accomplishments and I am super proud of them. Probably too proud sometimes.

Personally, I love to run and am proud of having gotten back into that since we moved to a house near a running park. It's not unusual for me to take off and run eight or nine miles. I love it! (And it gives me a great tan. *wink*)

About Destined


In Destined, Aprilynne Pike's New York Times bestselling Wings series comes to an explosive conclusion, bringing to a close the story of a not-so-ordinary girl named Laurel.
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.
She hated how much it felt like good-bye.
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful--and deadly--of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer or destroy Avalon. But Klea's reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon's final days.
Available from HarperTeen on May 1, 2012.

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About Aprilynne

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. At the age of 20, she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Pike can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant..

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  1. Fascinating interview. Nats off to Aprilynne for working with pregnant women. I admit I was a wuss and had the epidural. Oh well, it was easier. All that and she writes. Talented lady! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Oh I totally went with the epidural. I begged it for after my first contraction.lol

  2. I have said this before, and I will say it again. Aprilynne is the coolest name EVER!!!

    1. I know, I love her name!! I love combined names that is why I named my daughter Ella-Belle (that is her first name not first and middle)

  3. I have the first 2 books in this series...I really need to start it. I got to meet Aprilynne when she came to Austin last year with Amy Plume and Veronica Roth. She was so funny. Thanks for the post =)

    1. I have only read her 1st book. But I have the rest. I am actually going to meet her next week. I am pretty excited.


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