Welcome to the first stop on the PAWN blog tour! I have been a big Aimee Carter fan since I read The Goddess Test back in 2011. She continually wins me over with her amazing characters and fabulous writing, and this new series is no different! Aimee agreed to answer a few questions for today:
1. The premise from PAWN is vastly different from your last series, The Goddess Test. What inspired you to write it?
Many of the factors that are melted together to form the premise of PAWN come from modern day issues – some political, such as the state of our republic; some educational, such as the issue of standardized testing. Some are taken from pop culture as well, such as people who spend untold amounts of money trying to look exactly like celebrities. But the very heart of the story, about a girl who is forced to take the place of the Prime Minister’s niece, who was assassinated under mysterious circumstances after she began a rebellion against her family, came from the idea that one person, no matter who they are, can change the world.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser when it comes to writing?
Action-wise, I’m a plotter, and a pretty detailed one at that. I need to know not only what point A and point B are, but how my characters get there as well. Emotionally, I let things unfold on the page. Sometimes I’ll have a romantic or an emotional scene planned, but mostly those happen in the moment as I’m writing.
3. Kitty, our heroine, has a lot going on. What advice would you give Kitty?
I would tell Kitty to keep her head down and stay out of trouble – but if Kitty were staying out of trouble, I wouldn’t have a story to write. So maybe instead, I’d tell her to trust her instincts.
4. What was your first reaction to seeing the cover for PAWN? Because I know I was blown away.
I absolutely love the cover. It’s exactly what I was hoping for, and in a way, it was like the cover designers at Harlequin Teen had reached into my brain and plucked it out. It’s perfect and immensely symbolic, and I love it like crazy.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
You only get one life, and you’re the one who has to live it. So make it count.
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
Publication Date: by Harlequin TEEN
About Aimee Carter:
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time continuing with The Goddess Test series and working on new projects. You can tweet her at @aimee_carter or catch updates on her website.
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