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.
IB: 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.