Goddess Interrupted Giveaway + Interview With Aimee Carter

 Interview With Aimee Carter

How familiar were you with Greek myths and folklore before writing the Goddess Test series?  Was a lot of research required?

I first fell in love with Greek mythology when I was a kid learning how to read, and my infatuation only grew from there. I’ve studied various kinds of mythology for years, sometimes for class and always for fun, but even then I put a great deal of research into the Goddess Test series. Mostly as a refresher to make sure I was getting my facts right, but I also researched the various myths looking for ways to tie the plots and characters together in unexpected ways.

 

Was Goddess Interrupted any easier or harder to write than the first book in the series, The Goddess Test?

It was both easier and harder, in a strange way. I rewrote The Goddess Test multiple times, and I’ve never edited a book more heavily in my life. Goddess Interrupted did require some editing, of course, but it was much easier.

However, the pressure to deliver a sequel worthy of the series made the writing process for Goddess Interrupted more difficult than I’d anticipated. There’s something called the “sophomore slump”, where sequels or second books generally don’t quite match up to the second, and I wanted to avoid that at all cost. So that added a lot of stress, but in the end, I was very happy with the results.

 

You give the gods and goddesses in the series “ordinary names” – Zeus is named Walter, Aphrodite goes by Ava, Hermes is named James.  Why did you do that and do the more contemporary names have any significance?

This was something I went back and forth on multiple times. Initially the characters Kate encounters weren’t council members at all – I changed that very, very quickly though. By the second draft, I had a place for each of the Olympians, and I did some heavy rewriting to replace my first draft characters with the gods. I wanted to find a way to keep their names the same, but since they’re supposed to live among us in secret in the modern world, it didn’t really make sense. How many men named Zeus do you know, or women called Aphrodite? On top of that, keeping the council’s identities secret was incredibly important to the plot. So eventually I decided they would have changed their names when Western civilization stopped worshipping them as gods, allowing them to live freely among us.

I did choose each name for what it means, some more than others – Walter, for instance, means “army leader”, while James means “supplanter”. The exception is Calliope, which in the story was chosen by her counterpart for its Greek roots. The reason the gods changed their names – and why Artemis didn’t wind up with the name Diana – is explained throughout the series, but you get to actually see this happen in The Goddess Legacy (July 31).

Goddess Interrupted begins with the main character Kate Winters adjusting to her new life as an immortal.  Given Kate’s innate strength and stubbornness, was it difficult to switch gears to portray her as a bit more vulnerable and unsure of herself in her new role as goddess AND wife?

Not so much, to be honest – her progression felt natural to me. While Kate is very tough in certain ways, she’s extremely vulnerable as well. She’s emotionally dependent on the people around her (her mother in the first book, Henry in the second), and that in and of itself carves the path she takes in the sequel. She’s spent six months with Henry, falling in love with him and forming a relationship she thinks is going to last for eternity. But Henry is battling his own demons and isn’t ready to be the person she needs him to be, and because Kate is so stubborn, she has a hard time coming to terms with that. In the sequel, Kate really is her own worst enemy emotionally – her entire world has changed, after all, and that’s a lot for anyone to take – but it’s all part of her development into a goddess and queen.

 

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?  Least favorite?

Outlining is by far my favorite part of the process. I love the idea stage, where anything’s possible, and it’s such a shiny place. All of that comes crashing down when I write the first draft though, which is the hardest part for me. I tend to get mentally exhausted about two thirds to three quarters of the way into the manuscript, and it’s always a struggle for me to push through it, especially if I’m on a deadline. And inevitably there are a ton of problems I didn’t notice in the outline stage that have to be fixed for the story to work. I’m a perfectionist, so in order for me to continue writing the story, everything I’ve already written has to make sense.

 

 

How did you get your first publishing deal and how did that feel?

My agent, Rosemary Stimola, sent the manuscript out to various publishers, and after a long submission process, Harlequin TEEN offered to publish it! I was stunned at first, but that quickly gave way to giddiness. It was an incredible feeling to know I’d be published, and to this day, I still can’t quite believe it.

 

When is the next book in the series due out? Any hints on what will happen in book 3?

Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, came out in late March. The next book in the series, The Goddess Legacy, will be out July 31. It’s a collection of five novellas told in the perspectives of Calliope, Ava, Persephone, James, and Henry, and together they form one story.

The third book in the series, The Goddess Inheritance, is currently scheduled to be released in March 2013. Unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, but the challenges that Kate will face are pretty clear by the end of the sequel!

 

 

Yearbook Superlatives! If you went to high school with the Greek gods and goddesses, who would you vote for?

  • Most likely to succeed? – Hera
  • Class clown? – Hermes
  • Nicest? – Demeter or Hephaestus
  • Best dressed? – Aphrodite
  • Best dancer? – Apollo
  • Most school spirit? – Iris
  • Most likely to attend summer school? – Ares
  • Teachers pet? – Athena

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*One lucky winner will win a copy of  Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. Great interview! I especially love learning more about Aimee’s writing process. Seeing that published authors struggle to complete a work gives me hope that maybe someday I could push through my struggles for an awesome finished product, if that makes any sense. I really need to start reading this series. It seems like just the thing I would enjoy!

    • Brandy Corona says:

      Totally understand what you mean! I struggle so much to finish a story. I always want to jump ahead to another story before I finish the one I’m on!!!

  2. I have got to read this series, it sounds great! What a fabulous interview as well. 🙂

  3. I have a copy of the Goddess Test that I want to read this month and I would love to continue with my collection of the series since it sounds so good.

  4. I absolutely ADORED Goddess Interrupted and I can’t wait for the next book! It’s always interesting to read an author’s thoughts about their book and the writing process, and I’m particularly happy that this interview features Aimee Carter, one of my favorites!

  5. Wow, what an awesome idea for a series! I haven’t read the first one but it has made its way onto my wishlist. I’m also fascinated by Greek mythology and I,love the idea that gods and goddesses live in the modern world, even after their “heyday” has passed. This is a great giveaway and I can’t wait to get my hands on this series!

  6. I’ve picked up the first book in the series because I grew up being a HUGE fan of Greek mythology. In college I even took Greek history/mythology courses just for fun (even though they had nothing to do with my majour). Previously, I’ve been disappointed with books that featured the gods/goddesses in modern day times, but from your interview, I certainly have high hopes that this one will rock my world!

  7. I have not read any of these books yet but I plan on it. I love Greek Mythology fiction. I liked the interview especially the yearbook surperlatives. Cute.! Thanks for the giveaway..

  8. I love Aimee’s twists on Greek mythology! And I really enjoyed The Goddess Legacy, which showed us everyone’s backstories. It would make for an interesting re-read of this series so far, knowing everyone’s motivations/personal vendettas!

  9. I had no idea this series existed, and I love Greek mythology. It’s definitely on my list now!

  10. I loved this interview! And the high school superlatives part was so fun!

  11. Fantastic interview! Interesting questions and answers. I really enjoyed reading this, especially the part about most and lest favorite parts of writing. Can totally relate to that. 🙂

  12. Ahhhh I can’t wait to read Goddess Interrupted! I read The Goddess Test a few months ago and loved it! I’m a huuuuge Greek Mythology nerd, which is why I adore this series. 🙂

  13. I love books inspired by Greek Mythology. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Adding to my to-read list!

  14. This sounds so good! I’m so tired of the witches, vampires, and other mythical creatures on the market today. Greek gods and goddesses are the perfect touch of history and myth and mystery for my bookshelf. I’m adding it to my goodreads TBR shelf 🙂

  15. I LOVE greek mythology! This book looks awesome!

  16. I love the series because I have always been fascinated with greek mythology and i love the modern edge Aimee gives to this series.

  17. Great interview! I love stories based around Greek mythology and have the first book in the series in my TBR. I really need to start on this series, it sounds great.

  18. I haven’t read these yet, but I’m dying to!

    :).

  19. Michele Piedrahita says:

    I SO WANT TO WIN THIS I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

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