Interview with Aimee Carter — Author of The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter came out less two weeks ago and IT. IS. AWESOME. Read my review if you want to learn more :)

IceyBooks: Describe THE GODDESS TEST in 7-9 words.
Aimée Carter: What happens when Hades needs a new Persephone.

IB: Where did you find the inspiration for THE GODDESS TEST?
AC: I’ve loved mythology from a very early age, and I’ve had this story stewing in the back of my mind for over a decade. Sometime in 2007, it all fell into place. For me inspiration isn’t necessarily about outside sources – it’s about what kind of story I’d like to read, and trying to write that story. The experience a reader has while reading it has always been the most important part to me, and even during the toughest revisions, that’s what pushed me through.
IB: Who influenced your writing the most?
AC: Hmm. This is tricky. I don’t try to mimic another writer – I don’t and will never claim to be excellent at the craft of stringing a sentence together. The plot, the characters, the story as a whole are the most important elements to me as opposed to writing style. But I have read a LOT of JK Rowling (I used to reread Books 1-4 over and over and over again during middle and high school), Orson Scott Card, and David Eddings. Their stories amaze me every time I read them, and I would kill to be able to plot like JK Rowling.

IB: Is there a specific part in TGT that you like writing most?
AC: Which part was the hardest to write? – The ending was by far the most difficult part to write. It went through so many changes, so many versions that sometimes I forget exactly which one is in the final product. The part I liked writing the most…so many scenes come to mind, but I’d have to say the prologue. I wrote it in the middle of the submission process to editors, and it felt like a piece of the puzzle snapping into place.

IB: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

AC: I’m a 25-year-old with a goal never to have a 9-5 job. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures/Screenwriting, and I’ve been writing since I was eleven. I started off with fan fiction and started to write original stories a few years later, and I write too much for my own good.

IB: Do you have a hobby (besides reading and writing)?

AC: I watch way too many movies and TV shows, but not for brain rot. One of my favorite things to do is to try to guess the plot before it happens. I also love puzzles of all kinds – the standard picture puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles, Rubik’s Cubes, everything.

IB: What is the most recent YA novel you’ve read? Did you like it?
AC:  I recently finished ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, by Beth Revis, and I adored it. Currently I’m in the middle of Courtney Allison Moulton’s ANGELFIRE, Leah Clifford’s A TOUCH MORTAL, and Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY, all of which I love so far.
The Goddess TestIB: Will TGT be the first in a series, trilogy, or is it a standalone? What are you currently working on?
AC: Originally TGT was a standalone, but I decided to expand it into a trilogy after it was done, so it can be read as a single book. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will be released in January 2012, and the third book around October or November 2012. Currently I’m revising a story I wrote for fun – it’s a YA paranormal action story unrelated to TGT, but that’s all I can say about it right now!
IB: What is your favorite part of nature, the trees, the sky, the wind, grass…?
AC: The wind, though I love all parts of nature (except for the bugs). I’m a sucker for a good wind gust though. And snow. I adore snow.

IB: Thanks for joining us today, is there anything else you would like to add?
AC: Thank you so much for having me! This was a blast.

Thanks for taking the time to tell me and my readers a little about yourself, Aimee! Aimee Carter’s debut novel The Goddess Test was released on 4/26/11 from HarlequinTeen.


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    Rie Conley

    April 30, 2011

    Great interview! Isn't Aimee amazing?

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    April 30, 2011

    Loved the interview! I didn't know that The Goddess Test was meant to be a standalone at first! I hope this means I will be satisfied with the ending. ;)

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    April 30, 2011

    I like her goal to never have a 9 to 5 job.

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    May 1, 2011

    Love that Aimee loves puzzles! I'm a huge logic puzzle fan :)

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    Lieder Madchen

    May 1, 2011

    Great interview! The Goddess Test is on my to-read ist. :)

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    Sophia the Writer

    May 1, 2011

    Oooh I love your questions! I also write Greek Myth YA so this was a treat for me :)

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    May 2, 2011

    This is a great interview. It was interesting learning that The Goddess Test started as a standalone. I'm excited. I've been looking forward to reading this, and from what I've heard, it's good.

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    Linda Henderson

    May 2, 2011

    I'm very interested in reading this book. I put it on my wishlist.

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    Jolene and Family

    May 8, 2011

    Great interview, she sounds like such an amazing person. Can't wait to read this book

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    March 20, 2012

    The Goddess Test is Beauty and the Beast meets Greek Mythology, plus a murderer and seven tests. I loved the story, the characters, and Kate's realistic attitude – I know I'll be visiting Kate Winters again soon.