Saturday, February 26, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Aimée Carter

I'm thrilled to present to you an interview with one of my new favourite authors, Aimée Carter. You can read my review on her upcoming novel, THE GODDESS TEST and because you like what you see, I'm giving you the chance to win a pre-order!

What sparked the idea to write The Goddess Test?
I'd had the basic idea for The Goddess Test in the back of my mind for years, and I'm not sure what really sparked the idea. It's been through so many versions, particularly in the outline stage. But nothing ever quite snapped into place until the idea of her mother dying came to me, and from then on out, everything flowed. I'm not entirely sure where that idea came from. I kept pushing myself for better conflict, a better story, and eventually in the process of brainstorming, it showed up.

Which character did you enjoy writing the most?
Oh man. I enjoyed writing all of them for different reasons. If I didn't enjoy writing them, I can't imagine asking a reader to enjoy reading about them, after all. But I'd say my favorite was probably Henry. I loved exploring his backstory and finding out why he was in this position to begin with, and he had a certain depth that really struck a chord with me while I was writing it.

Have you always been interested in greek mythology?  
Always! For as long as I can remember, I've loved Greek mythology. On the Roman vs. Greek battlefront, I am firmly on the side of the Greeks. I read and reread D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, devoured computer games, other mythology books, TV shows like Hercules and Xena. Anything and everything Greek mythology, I was there. Some of my favorite myths include, of course, the myth of Hades and Persephone, though it was Demeter's struggle that grabbed me, and I always thought Persephone was a bit dim for eating those seeds. And as I grew older, I started to feel sorry for Hades - how lonely must he have been to kidnap someone to marry him? Another favorite of mine was Orpheus, who goes into the Underworld pleading for his wife back, only to lose her all over again.

The buzz surrounding your novel is already mounting - are you prepared to deal with the public lust coming your way or are you freaking-the-hell out? 
I am freaking-the-hell-out times infinity, but trying very hard to hide it, at least in person. All I really want is for people to give the book a chance - I know not everyone will like it, and while it's hard having something you've worked on so hard and for so long bashed or belittled, at least those people gave it a chance. I'm eternally grateful to everyone who picks up the book, no matter their feelings on it.

What was your reaction when you were first told you were going to be published?  
I was in a shopping mall, actually, so I couldn't go crazy. I think 'stunned disbelief' pretty much covers it, and I've had a few moments in my quest for publication (when I was much younger, not when it came to getting The Goddess Test published) where a carrot was dangled in front of me, only to have it snatched back again, so I didn't let it sink in for a long time. And by the time I signed the contract and let myself believe this was going to happen, my family was going through some tough times, so I didn't have the energy to really express my happiness. Though it was there, trust me. Every day I wake up amazed and grateful that someone was willing to take a chance on me and my book.

If you could be any Greek God/Goddess for the day, who would it be? 
Interesting question! My first reaction is to go with a goddess, but if gender didn't matter, I think I'd want to be Hades. Or Persephone, but not for the reasons you might be thinking - I'd want to go down into the Underworld to see the people I've lost in my life and have the chance to say goodbye, much like Kate.

Do you have any fun behind-the-scenes facts to share? (scenes that didn't make the cut, inspirations for particular scenes, funny stories about something that happened while writing, etc) 
As a matter of fact, I do! I read Twilight for the first time while I was in the middle of writing and revising The Goddess Test, and I panicked, because my character moved to a small town in the middle of nowhere, was the new girl at school, talked to a redheaded secretary wearing purple, and - drum roll, please - her name was Becca. It's funny now, and I joke that I was psychic and secretly tapping into Stephenie Meyer's mind, but at the time, it was horrifying. Anyone who read those first drafts would undoubtedly think I was ripping off Twilight when in reality, I'd never read it. But long story short, Becca's named changed to Kate, I did some editing to remove as many similarities as I could, and all in all, I'm very happy with the story now.

In a our own real-life dystopian future where books are banned *horror*, which three books would you risk your freedom to save? 
Do series count? Above all else, I'd save the Harry Potter series. If that only counted as one, I'd go for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare as my second and a big, fat philosophy book for the third. You can never have too much Aristotle.

Because I know you're a huge fan of the Harry Potter series (for which you totally have Dumbledore's afterlife nod of approval), which is your favourite book in the series? 
The Prisoner of Azkaban, hands-down. I love them all and have read the first six multiple times (and in the case of the first four, I read them over and over again for several years in middle and high school), but the third book is where the adults' story really begins, and to me that's the most fascinating part of the series. Love Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but I am a die-hard Marauders fan.

Thank you SO much for your time Aimee!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading her answers :D
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Follow Aimee:
The Goddess Test will be released April 19th 2011 by Harlequin Teen. Make sure you grab a copy! Or may the gods smite your sweet backside.

However if you'd like win a pre-order copy, here's your chance!
I'll end the giveaway on March 19th, one month before release. But you'll have to wait until it's released for The Book Depository to ship it, I'm afraid!

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128 comments:

  1. Great interview! Among the Harry Potter books I also love the third book. It's the best for me. Can't wait to read this book!

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  2. Nice interview! The Goddess Test sounds really good!
    The Prizoner of Azkaban is my favorite HP book as well :)

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  3. Great interview! I've heard a lot about The Goddess Test and I think it's for me. I'll have to try to acquire a copy :)

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  4. Oh I had to LOL at that Twilight answer. Cannot wait to read this book! It'll be great ;)

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  5. I love greek mythology, especially after reading Percy Jackson so definitely putting this one of my TBR pile, thanks for the fantabulous interview!

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  6. Thanks for this great interview!! I've heard awesome things about this book and the cover is just gorgeous !! I can't wait to read it, besides it deals with Greek mythology (something I love) !! A huge thank you for making this giveaway international !!
    Thanks, happy reading ! =)

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  7. I had to laugh at the Twilight similarities, it just goes to show that people can have the same idea at about the same time without copying each other.

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  8. I have a feeling Aimée Carter will be high up on my list of favourite authors. Greek mythologies AND Harry Potter?!?! LOVE! Great interview :)

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  9. Girl, I feel like me and you could be bff's...lol We are basically the same people, only i'm blonde ahahah. I can't wait to try your book out :D

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  10. OMG I love this interview! You have great questions there, so original!:D This was fun, and I loved Aimee's answers - the Twilight similarities are so hilarious. I can see other authors having that same problem.:)) I already have this book on my wishlist, the Greek mythology thing it's going to be interesting and refreshing!<3

    Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway!!!
    xoxo

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  11. Spank Spank Spank...Aimee looks pretty damn fine if I must say. AND The Goddess Test does too. Awesome interview Brodie. I got one with Alison Goodman for Eona hopefully this-coming week.

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  12. Aimee sounds so amazing! :) I can't wait to read this, and for the record, I actually did read most of the interview (and I will admit now that I don't normally do that). I like the funny story about worrying about people thinking you ripped off Twilight. Luckily it seems that the hype, and as consequence, the amount of die-hard fans, has died down if even just a bit.

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  13. Great interview! I love Greek mythology too! I searched for a long time to find YA books about it but there were not very many. Love that there is such a good one coming!

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  14. OOO I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY!!!!! The idea of a YA book with Hades is so amazing! I'm definitely going to be reading this book. BTW love the which god/goddess you'd be question, Hades was always my favorite tortured soul in myth too.

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  15. I've the galley of this book, and after this interview, I'm going to move this book to the top of my TBR pile! :D

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  16. I love the questions that you asked as well as the answers. The behind the scenes one was my favorite. The book sounds awesome, can't wait to read it!

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  17. Hehe, I liked that HP book, too. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  18. Interesting interview. I just heard about this book the other day. I gotta say that the cover is stunning and I'm really diggin' the premise of the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I've heard good things about this book and now I've been aching to read it. I've always loved Greek Mythology. I can't wait to read this book!

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  20. great interview and thanks for the giveaway

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  21. Fabulous interview. I'm really eager to read about the mythology in this book. I just love greek mythology.

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  22. I'm absolutely fascinated by the Greek mythology! This book sounds so, so good!

    I like the anecdote about Twilight. I think it almost inevitable that a story sounds like another one... There are so many books over there!! I pretty admirative though, because each day, I'm surprise by the imagination of people, great imagination, which leads to great books =)

    Thanks for this interview, and for the giveaway!

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  23. Don't worry too much ^.^ it seems like the book will do well~~

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    Loving the Reviews Challenge

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  24. I'd be pumped to win, but I'll be buying this one regardless because Aimee is a fellow Michigander!

    This novel looks fabulous... so, so excited about it!

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  25. I'm already such a fan, it's crazy. I don't even mind if I don't win, I'll be more than happy to purchase this myself.

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  26. Great interview!!! I am from Greece and I can't wait to read this.

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  27. Great interview. The Twilight similarities were hilarious--and I can definitely understand the feeling of horror that you would get from that. I'm certainly looking forward to picking up this book!

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  28. I can't wait for this novel! It seems like Greek mythology is a new trend in YA, and I'm very excited!

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  29. Great interview! I am excited to read this new book!

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  30. Fantastic interview! I'm so stoked to read this book and Aimee sounds so great <3

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  31. Cool interview! I've always been fascinated with Greek mythology or any other kind of mythology. I can't wait to read this book. LOL it's nice that you found that little similarity with Twilight, too.

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  32. Great interview! the goddess test sounds really good!

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  33. Awesome interview! Can't wait to read the book!

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  34. I'm so curious about this novel, the premise sounds really interesting, I hope it will live up to its hype.
    Also thanks for making the giveaway international :)

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  35. Thanks for this interview! I think I am in love sith this gorgeous cover of book :D And I really want to read this book :)

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  36. Thanks for the great interview. The cover is so beautiful and the book sounds awesome. Thanks for making it International :)

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  37. awesome giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D
    Cant wait for it ^__^
    good luck everybody ^_^

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  38. OH! This books sounds phenom. Great interview and super awesome giveaway! I just want to gobble this one up!

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  39. OMG! I am so excited for this book. You interview just made it increase 10 folds!

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  40. I love Greek mythology! So excited that we're getting more of that in the YA scene! :) Fabulous interview with Aimee! I hope I win!

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  41. I've always been interested in greek mythology so this book sound amazing! great interview (:

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  42. She's so pretty! Looks like a wonderful book, too.

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  43. Great interview! I can't wait to finally read this one. Thanks for the giveaway too! :)

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  44. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite, too! :D

    I can't wait for The Goddess Test. So excited!

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  45. Oh, great interview!! It was very funny and interesting to read this post and I can't wait the day when I start reading this book. I like the mythology and legends and the cover look beautiful!

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  46. I am curious about the book since I see it from someone post.
    I wish I have the chance to read the book

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  47. Great Book! I would love to read this..

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  48. Words cannot describe how FREAKIN' EXCITED I am for this book! Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  49. Great interview! I love Greek mythology and this is really interesting. Can't wait to read it! And the cover is amazing!

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  50. This book sounds so unique! I'd love to read it.

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  51. Great interview! And yes for Prisoner of Azkaban! Wahahahaha. :D

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  52. I'm a huge Greek mythology fan, so I'm really excited by this mini-trend popping up, though The Goddess Test sounds like a hugely original take on the classics! Can't wait to read this. :) (And I have to say, I always thought Persephone was a bit silly, too. :P)

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  53. Great interview. I am so looking forward to this book!

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  54. When I first heard anything about this book, I wondered to myself if the author had read D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths - and now I have confirmation that she did! The weird and wonderful things you learn in blogland. Nice interview!

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  55. Thank you making this giveaway international I love Greek Mythology since i read percy jackson series ,book of greek myths and lost hero of olympus really cannot wait for this book it's on my long to read list i heard nothing but wonderful things. The cover is gorgeous and eye catching also i love the idea of hades being a teenager :D Great interview and best of luck to Amy.

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  56. Great interview! I'm also on the side of the Greeks, but that's probably due to my Greek teacher muttering "dirty romans" every time he passed by my latin class. I can't wait for the release of Aimee's book :)

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  57. Great interview! I'm looking forward to this book!!

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  58. This book sounds so great! Love the cover!

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  59. I just added that to my plan to read list the other day.The Goddess test is an interesting title.Looks like it could be very good!

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  60. I absolutely adore Greek mythology!!! This is going straight to the TBR list!
    *fingers crossed*

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  61. This book sounds really good. Lately I've been into alot of mythology books. Percy Jackson series etc. And I'm reading Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy right now. Can't wait to see it come out!

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  62. Sounds like a really interesting premise for a book! Plus I totally love the Greek Classical influences. :) Good luck with the release Aimée!

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  63. I must admit this is the first time I've heard about this book, but I'd like to read it.

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  64. Great interview! With your imaginary dystopian future you made me remember one of Ray Bradbury's book.

    I'll put this in my wishlist. I want to read that book!!, sounds great ^^

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  65. This book sounds so awesome!! Great interview, you can't go wrong with Harry Potter and Shakespeare!

    thanks for the contest!

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  66. Great interview! I really want to read this book!

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  67. Thank you for an interesting interview and for making the giveaway international! LOVE the cover and I too am fascinated by Greek Mythology so definitely interested in reading this one!

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  68. I have only heard awesome things about this book. I'm looking forward to read it!

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  69. Thanks for interview! Seems like Aimée has similar favourites like me :D Harry Potter, Greek mythology FTW! (And Hades is the sexiest, deal with it! :DDD)

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  70. lovely interview! I am fascinated by mythology, so this sounds a great read!

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  71. Looks like an interesting book from another really interesting person! Great interview, stoked to see another author interested in similar things and stoked to get my hands on this in April!

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  72. Being Persephone to get a chance to go down into the Underworld to see the people you've lost in your life...i wish it could be true.
    She's a fan of HP!!?? She's the best! 8D

    thanks for this interview and this giveaway, i'm dying to read this book

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  73. Great interwiew. Really interesting person. Ang reat giweaway:)

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  74. Great interview and giveaway! She sounds really awesome. Looking forward to reading this book! =]

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  75. Fantastic interview and giveaway! :D

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  76. I love Greek mythology and all of the new and imaginative ways author are using it these days! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

    Wonderful interview!

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  77. I just posted this as my WoW for this week. I love Greek mythology and I really can't wait to get my hands on this book. How freakin awesome is Aimee!!!?? Great interview!!!!

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  78. Great interview! This book is amazing!

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  79. I am so interested; I love greek mythology!

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  80. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. I can't wait to read this book! Orpheus, Persephone and I go WAY back (3rd grade!).

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  82. Great questions! Some I would have never thought to ask an author! I too have always been a bit interested in Greakk Mythology. However, I get confused between the Greek and Roman names for all the Gods lol.

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  83. It's so cool that Aimee Carter is interested in Greek Mythology because I'm really into Greek Mythology (and Ancient Egyptian mythology) as well! That's what drew me to this book in the first place!

    Great interview, and thank you for hosting this giveaway! :)

    Email: Enamoredsoul@gmail.com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

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  84. Would love to read it, looks very good.

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  85. I'm a a big fan of Greek mythology as well, so I am definitely excited about this book...and this giveaway!

    Thanks!

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  86. I love Greek mythology and I can't wait to read this book.

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  87. I've always loved Greek mythology, ever since I first spoke of it in history class in seventh grade. I also love Persephone's myth! And I also feel sorry for Hades.

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  88. Wow, great interview! I've been hearing a lot about this book and can't wait to read it myself!

    -Elzar

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  89. nice interview! good choices (harry potter, william shakespeare, aristotle) too!

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  90. I love Greek Mythology and Persephone & Hades' mith is one of my favorite. So you can imagine how crazy I am to read this book! Thanks sooo much for the giveaway! :)

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  91. i love greek mytologies and im sure i will love the book.loved the interview.great questions and answers

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  92. Great interview and the Q's were def different. The Goddess Test sounds like a great read.

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  93. Great Interview!!Hope to win the book!!;))
    http://twitter.com/#!/Run0nce828/status/46515140664893441

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  94. Harry Potter ftw :) and I've read some wonderful things about The Goddess Test looking forward to it.

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  95. I've been dying to read this book! Wonderful interview!

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  96. :O so many similarities with Twilight! Anyway, hello fellow harry potter fan! :D

    and thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to reading The Goddess Test.

    And thanks for the giveaway!

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  98. the god/goddess answer was interesting. I dont think I've heard anyone say that they wanted to be Hades before. Sounds fun!
    -Danna

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  99. I like gods and goddesses. Thanks for the great interview/giveaway!!!! Woop Woop.
    -Allison

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  100. Great Interview, the book sounds so interesting cannot wait to read it.

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  101. Great interview! The book sounds really good

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  102. Great interview.
    Can't wait to read the book - I've wanted to read this book since I read the summary the first time. Too bad that we still have to wait so long.

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  103. wow thank you for this cool giveawya!!! I am so excited to read this book!!!

    -thank you,
    Lasha

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  104. I think her attitude about critiques is very healthy. No matter how good one's own creation is, you can't please everyone.

    monagarg@yahoo.com

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  105. Reading your interview makes me want to read it more!

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  106. The book sounds great. I can not wait to read it :)

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  107. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway. :-)

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  108. Thanks for the giveaway- this book looks really good, I love Greek mythology. Really interesting interview too- loved the original questions and Aimee's stories!

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  109. This sounds like an awesome giveaway. I've very interested to read this book think Aimee seems really down to earth (who doesn't love HP?)

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  110. This book sounds awesome, would love to read it!

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  111. Hi ya, thanks for giveaway.
    Perfect interview :)
    I'm soo in love with that gorgeous cover ! Plus, I'm interested in Greek mythology, so I'd love to read it soon.

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  112. I really can't wait for this one to be released; the reviews have been fab! Thanks for this wonderful interview and for the chance to win!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  113. I've always liked mythology and this sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to read it.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  115. The book sounds so interesting to me and I would love to read it :) Even the Cover is beautiful - The girl on the cover looks kinda like Megan Fox, don't she? ;)

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  116. Thank you tons for that interview--they were really interesting and unique questions and it was a lot of fun to read :)

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  117. wonderful interview!!!!
    i want this book so bad!!!
    thanks for making it international

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  118. Great interview and thanks so much for the giveaway XD

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  119. Great interview! I love Greek mythology. I can't wait to read The Goddess Test.

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