MFT Guest: Interview with Aimee Carter and Giveaway of The Goddess Test

Today for My Favorite Things I have Aimee Carter on for an interview about The Goddess Test.  I loved this book and am excited to have her here today.  She’s also giving away a copy away so make sure you check out the details at the bottom.
About The Goddess Test:

Every girl who has taken the test has failed. 

Now it’s Kate’s turn.


It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall. 
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. 
Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess. 
If she fails…

How did The Goddess Test come to be?  Was it a full idea that popped into your head?  Or more of a niggling of an idea that came to you as you wrote?  

I usually do some significant outlining before I sit down to write a story. I don’t write twenty or fifty or a hundred pages of outlines, but I do make sure to get the major plot points down. I consider it a map of sorts, though I’m not against veering off-course if it’s what’s best for the story. The Goddess Test has been niggling in the back of my mind for literally years, ever since I’d first really understood the myth of Hades and Persephone. Rather than focusing on Persephone’s terrible circumstances, I looked at Hades and tried to see the story from his side of things.

Along the way, I made a lot of changes to the plot, and it didn’t fall into place until 2007 or so, when the idea of Kate going to Hades in an effort to save someone she loved occurred to me. From then on out, I spent a lot of time writing and rewriting the outline, coming up with ways in which everything would work. Sure, Kate would be stuck with Henry for six months, but what was going on in those six months that makes the story compelling? It was a long process, but in the end, it was definitely worth it.


Were you in control of the story?  Or did your characters completely take over? 

I’ve had characters do some surprising things, but I’m always in control of the story. Everyone has a different way of writing, and I’ve heard of authors whose characters take over and drive things for them, but I’m not one of them. I’m very conscious about what I write and how I can make it the best it can possibly be, at least at that stage of the process. It’d be wonderful if they took over for me though! That’d make my job a lot easier. :)

What made you decide to write about the Greek Gods?  Were they something you found fascinating and studied before you ever thought of The Goddess Test?  (I have to throw in here that my daughter’s name is Phaedra.  Phaedra was a Greek Goddess but we won’t share her history here.  It’s not really such a great story.  But I LOVE Greek names!  And that one especially!) 

Oh, Phaedra is such a beautiful name! Your daughter’s lucky to have it. I’ve always loved mythology, ever since I was a kid, and it came naturally, I suppose. I read everything I could get my hands on, but I kept coming back to that myth and continued to wonder about Hades’ side of the story. I’m a sucker for ancient Greek culture, and I studied it whenever I could. 

What was your biggest challenge when writing The Goddess Test or the next book(s)? 

While there were certainly challenging parts to writing The Goddess Test, especially getting the ending right, I think the most challenging part about writing the trilogy as a whole is the spot I’m in now. People are reading and reviewing The Goddess Test, and while I don’t read anything but positive reviews – for my own peace of mind – I’m hyper-aware of the fact that people are going to be reading the book I’m writing now, which is the third in the series. And it’s daunting. I can see why a lot of writers have a hard time with sequels, but I’m determined to make this the best of the three, and hopefully that determination will produce results.

Did you have any input in the cover?   What can you tell us about the process?  

My publisher is amazing and asked me all kinds of questions about various scenes in the book, about what I envisioned for the cover, about the different characters, etc. In the end, I really had no idea what I wanted for the cover, and I was floored with the beautiful results.

Are any of your characters based on real people?  (Maybe you shouldn’t tell me if Henry is based on a real person… ) 

Ha! No, no, I’m very careful not to do that. Some of them have traits from myself or people I know, but no one is based off of anyone specifically. Not even Kate’s mother is anything close to what my own mother was like.

What’s a book(s) that you find yourself recommending over and over? 

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne CollinsEnder’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. And of course the Harry Potter series. I reread those books all the time, and they never get old.

If you could be a Goddess which one would you want to be? 

 I’ve been asked this a few times, and my answer changes each time, so take this answer as you will. I think I’d like to be Athena. Intelligence, power, and beauty, all rolled into one. She’s always stood out to me, and she has the fewest downsides as far as the major Olympic goddesses go.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?  Have you made any excursions outside The Goddess Test series that you can share? 

Besides the next two books in the Goddess Test trilogy (the second, Goddess Interrupted, will be released January 2012), I also have a dystopian trilogy coming soon from Harlequin TEEN as well. The first book is called Masked, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

Oh, I can’t wait for the Dystopian trilogy!  Thanks so much for being on Aimee!

Thanks so much for having me, Candace!

You can find Aimee on her website:  http://www.aimeecarter.com/

The Giveaway:

Aimee is giving away one copy of The Goddess Test to one lucky person!
You must have a US or Canadian address
You must be 13 or older to enter
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:

Leave a comment and include contact info please!


 

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Comments

  1. I love these mythological adaptations! That was a great interview. The Goddess Test sounds like an amazing read. I cannot wait.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  2. Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway! This is a long awaited book for me, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks again for this wonderful chance to win.

    Britta

  3. OMG! I love Aimee AND! the interview!!^^ you’re so lucky to have her here!! thanks for the giveaway!!

    calbizzz_152(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. I am so glad that I read the Greek Mythology book by Edith Hamilton during my freshmen year! Because of that, I am aware of all this greek mythology, lol!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    booksoverboys(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Great interview. I read plenty of reviews for this, heard it was amazing. I love Greek mythology. I can’t wait for the dystopian trilogy. I love the genre. I too love the cover, it is simple but beautiful. Great giveaway and interview guys, thank you :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I so want this book. I got it from the library and left it sitting on my nightstand up until the last few days before I had to return it.

    Of course, I started reading it and got totally into it. Then I got my library reminder that it was time to return it. Well, I’m not done So I tried to renew. But it wouldn’t let me because someone else wants to read it, and why wouldn’t they–it’s awesome.

    So long story longer, I didn’t get to finish it and would love to win this.

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

  7. I am dying for this book! I have entered every giveaway, but haven’t won thus far *fingers crossed*. Thank you so much and I love the book synopsis! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  8. I have heard multiple opinions on this book and it seems it is really liked or really disliked. I would like the opportunity to decide for myself. Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway!

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  9. I love anything having to do with Greek mythology so I cannot wait to read this book! I also can’t wait for her dystopian series! Thanks for a great giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  10. Great interview! Really looking forward to reading this one!

    Please enter me for this giveaway!

    Thanks!

    Baggins
    bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I read the first chapter of the Goddess Test and i was hooked, i really NEED to finish it! Thanks for the interview :)

    -Jay A
    jazzy_jay673 at hotmail dot com

  12. Thank you for this giveaway! It’s always interesting to learn about what influenced an author to write their book!
    greekpatty13(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. A dystopian trilogy!? Squee!! Now I can’t wait for the rest of the Goddess Test books AND the new trilogy!

    I don’t have the book, so I am entering this one!

  14. Great interview Candace! I’d love the chance to read The Goddess Test. Its premise and cover is both captivating and alluring. I, too, have been fascinated with Greek mythology since a very young age. I remember being engrossed with the legends when watching episodes of Xena, the Warrior Princess and Hercules. I am glad to hear this is going to be a trilogy. I had no idea about that until I read your post. It was also good to hear Ms. Carter has a dystopian novel in the works. I love me some dystopian as well.

    Joanna9273[at]gmail[dot]com

  15. Greek mythology has been an obsession of mine sine I first read The Odyssey. I love the extravagant mythos surrounding the heroes and gods. I especially enjoy these modern re-imaginings that are coming out this year!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Elisquared

    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

  16. Thanks for this give-away. This is a book that I have been wanting to read.

    I am a GFC follower :-)

    My email is
    yasweetescape at gmail dot com

  17. I read the egalley of this but SO want a real copy for my own! This book is so great. I loved it to bits and I know it’ll be one I read and reread.

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

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