Friday, August 2, 2013

Feature Friday: April Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke is a writer who digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She lives in Oregon at the edge of the forest.


Interview:

A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

April:

Stay curious. Be interesting.

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?


April:

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
Because of lines like this:

"She wore a gown the color of storms, shadows, and rain and a necklace of broken promises and regrets."

And:

"I know magicians and I know magic and I say this: all magicians lie and this one more than most."

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

April:

 I read this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction article when I was living in Scotland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8574484.stm The entire book spun off from this...

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? What were they and how did you fix them?

April:

The ending was tricky. But then, they always are. What's the downright scariest thing I can make this character do right now? How do I have this character do this thing, and yet still be likeable? It was a delicate balance...

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is your favorite and why?

April:

River, of course. That charming, screwed up liar.

A.L.:
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey as an author?

April:

I got a creative writing degree in college, and I hated the kind of writing that was taught--anti-genre, wholesome, sentimental, mind-numbing realism. I loathe that kind of thing. So dull, so boring. I stopped writing for a long time after I graduated. Eventually I tried again--it was over a decade later. It took 3 manuscripts and a lot of hell and missteps and nightmarish rejections. But it worked out in the end. Which is pretty incredible.

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

April:

I'm doing edits on the sequel, BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN. And then I'm back to working on my post-apoc WIP, THE SCARECROW.

A.L.:
OMG, I love this cover and this title like WHOA.  Are you totally in love with it too?

April:

Yeah. I love it too. Glad I got to keep my title. Glad I got a font-driven cover.

A.L.:
Did you originally pitch Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea as a gothic horror?  Can you explain what gothic horror is to our readers?

April:

I pitched it as horror. But it was later pointed out to me that my book leaned Gothic, and I had to agree. You put a lonely, semi-orphaned girl in a rotting mansion on the sea, and send a mysterious, dangerous boy her way...that's pretty much Gothic fiction in a nutshell.

A.L.:
Who is your favorite redheaded villain?

April:

My husband.

The Giveaway:  
April is giving away a signed copy of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, once the book comes out and it's International!

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea:  You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.


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