Today we’re excited to chat with Aprilynne Pike,
author of Glitter!
Below you’ll find more about Aprilynne and her book!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Lord Aaron. He’s always fun to write and he has a good head on his shoulders. He’s not perfect, his life certainly isn’t perfect, but he maintains this air of reasonable optimism that I find admirable.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. Sort of. When this book idea was a sad little badly-formed baby idea, it was set in space, and the drug was an opium tea. I drafted lots of chapters that way. I don’t remember now what provoked me to change it to the powdered drug that goes in the makeup, but when I came up with that and called the new drug Glitter … it just settled in as a natural title.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I think the ending scene. It was really hard to do what I, erm, did and maintain a balance of suspense and the reader’s expectations. I wrote the last line when the manuscript was less than half-drafted, and it was the coup de grâce I worked toward for the whole second half.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
That I can do it better the second time! I apply this to bits I lose because my computer crashes, to edits where I have to re-write a whole scene, and everything in-between. I have to trust myself to do it better the second time. This also makes it easier to just let go of the words I wrote the first time.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the girl’s hair all smudged with the clouds! The smokey bits are, I discovered, a double exposure. It’s the specialty of Emi Haze, the artist who did the photo.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
There are several books coming out that I got a chance to read early, but I have to say, I’m super looking forward to reading SJ Kincaid’s DIABOLIC. I loved her first trilogy and this new book looks really fierce!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on kind of a secret project, but I’m really enjoying it and it’s very weird because I’m a super linear writer. And I’m writing this one in bits and pieces all over the place. It has, seriously, eight main characters and I’m getting to know them by writing random scenes from all over the book. It’s been really, really fun!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Danica is always tough. I fee like I know her very well, but I don’t like the choices she makes. She’s an anti-heroine and she does bad things. Things I wouldn’t even consider doing. So it’s always a careful balance with her. Keeping her relatable, if not necessarily likeable, and bringing out her key features. One of which is selfishness. Which is such an odd writing experience!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting. I hate revising. That being said, I find the finished product of revising super satisfying—I’m always so happy I did my revisions—but I do not love them in the moment. Drafting, on the other hand, is an exciting journey of discovery! Even though I’m a planner, and generally know exactly where my plot is going, I get to know my characters and world as I draft. By the end, sometimes I’ve even figured out what I’m doing.;)
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Making deadlines! I am weirdly insistent in hitting my deadlines and even the time or two I’ve had to ask for a few extra days, it just almost killed me! Luckily, I work well under deadline and they don’t stress me out.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
Meet Aprilynne Pike!
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
By: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers