1. What inspired you to start writing in general, and what inspired you to start writing Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?
I have a degree in creative writing, and I was always a Great Reader of Books. I guess the next step was natural. I didn't think I would ever be able to finish a manuscript. I surprised myself.
This article directly inspired DEVIL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_
2. How long did it take for you to write this book?
It took me about 8 months to write the first draft, and then I revised (for my critique partner, then my agent, then my editor) for another year and a half. So approximately 2 years.
3. Do you and Violet have anything in common? If so, what?
We're both readers. And dreamers. We both like taking naps with strange boys.
4. In your opinion, what is the best thing about being an author?
Living in a world of words and books. Getting to meet other authors. Cultivating eccentric tendencies. Referring to myself as a "novelist."
5. What is the hardest thing about being an author?
I dislike being on the internet all the time--hours and hours every day. I miss work-free vacations. Deadlines are bloodsucking tyrants.
6. Where do you like to write?
In my little office, so I can control noise, music, etc. University libraries also work well. I try to gypsy-write occasionally--I go to inspiring locations (like cemeteries and abandoned houses) and draft chapters.
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read. Read everything. Take risks. Travel. Crave new experiences. Be brave. Welcome opportunities. Stay curious.
Thanks so much, April! Hope you all enjoyed!
Visit April's webpage! http://apriltucholke.com/