I am super excited to have Aimee Carter by the blog for another Fantasy Five Friday (on a Saturday).
Aimee Carter is the author of The Goddess Test trilogy, as well as the upcoming book, Masked. She lives in Michigan and received a received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures from the University of Michigan.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
When the King of the Titans is released by a vengeful goddess, the newly-immortal Kate Winters must track down Persephone and find a way to save not only her family, but the entire world.
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
A phoenix, no doubt about it. Fire? Awesome. Long lifespan? Even better. General awesomeness? Bring it on.
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
Harry Potter. Is that cliché? Probably, but it’s the truth. Harry Potter changed my life in more ways than one, and it helped me get through my mother’s death. I’m also a huge fan of David and Leigh Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean series.
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
The plot. For me, it’s always, always, always a conflict or an interesting situation, and everything sort of snowballs from there. And if it doesn’t, then I set it aside and work on something else until the pieces fall into place. Characters are incredibly important, but I tend to build them around the plot during the outline stage. However, once I’m writing the manuscript, the characters I’m writing dictate how the plot unfolds.
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
Ooh, this is an awesome question. I’m going to have to go with Clue, especially considering the plot of the second book – the Titans are the only ones who can kill a god, so it’s pretty perfect.
Aimee’s second book, Goddess Interrupted came out on March 27. Here’s a bit about the book:
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry’s first wife, Persephone.