Monday, April 13, 2009

GCC Author Interview: April Henry

Well, the GCC is back after a short hiatus, and we've got a real thriller on our hands!  Today we've got April Henry here to chat and she's talking about her latest, FACE OF BETRAYAL.  Publisher's Weekly called it “[a] sizzling political thriller. … The seamless plot offers a plethora of twists and turns.”  And who couldn't use some sizzle?!  So, without further ado, I offer you April Henry:

1. Tell us about your most recent novel in 25 words or less.
In Face of Betrayal, Katie, a 17 year old Senate page, disappears. The prime suspect: the Senator who may have been more than just a mentor.

2. When did you first begin writing?
Finished first book in 1992. Got first contract in 1997. And had first book published (fourth written) in 1999.

3. What is your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?

My favorite part is when the characters come to life and start doing stuff I didn’t tell them to do. That doesn’t happen often, but it’s a blast when it does. On the flip side, I have been known to hate editorial letters. Depending on the editor, they can be so daunting. When that happens, I just have to break them down page by page.

4. Do a quick character study on yourself: don't forget to add in the fun stuff, like favorite foods and things you love/hate!
April Henry has a cloud of black curly hair, brown eyes, and ten extra pounds she has been fighting for fifteen years. Barbecue chips or nacho flavored Doritos are her downfall. She exercises every day, cooks from scratch, and has piles of books she is going to read “soon.” She loves Scott Turow and Tom Perotta (a love they are unaware of), chocolate with nuts, and spending time with her teenage daughter and husband. She is thankful that she no longer has to report to a boss who lectures her about the need for neater handwriting.

5. Who inspired you to write?
When I was 12, I sent a short story to Roald Dahl about a 6-foot tall frog who loved peanut buter. He liked it so much he arranged for it to be published in an international children’s magazine. I still have the postcard he sent me about it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, April!  And if thrills and chills aren't your cup of tea, don't worry your pretty little heads.  On Thursday, we're lucky enough to have the randy ladies from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books stopping by for a guest blog, so that is sure to be a real bodice-ripper.  And speaking of bodice-rippers, they'll be giving away a copy of their latest book, BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS, so we are all in for a huge treat!

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