Hi everyone! I’m here today to talk about Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions and they’re below along with a giveaway!!!
Synopsis: 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.
1) How did you decide (come up with the idea) to combine 18th century France with the modern day?
Oh boy, that was a long process, actually. Originally this book was … wait for it … set in space with a culture that mimicked 16th century England. I had an agent suggest I bring it back down to earth, and I looked around at how much literature there was set in England during that time, and I decided to do something a bit different.
2) Which character did you have the most fun writing?
Oh, Danica’s fiance, Justin Wyndham, is so much fun to write! He is so unabashedly bad!
3) Did you draw inspiration for any of your characters from family, friends, or acquaintances?
I actually avoid doing this ever because I’m awful with names and start using them interchangeably both in real life and in the book! It makes my copy-editors hate me!
4) Do you plan on going on a book tour for Glitter, and if so can you tell us where?
Yes! I will be launching in Phoenix at Changing Hands, and I have an event in Provo, UT, Idaho Falls, ID, and Tucson, AZ. I am also going to the inaugural NOLAStoryCon just before the book comes out, and I’ll be attending YALLFest just after.
5) If you could live in any time period, but have modern day technology, when would it be?
Oh, I would SO live exactly like they do in GLITTER if I could! 1600s and 1700s in France, with all of the glorious excesses of the Baroque era!!
6) Where would be your #1 place to visit if you could go anywhere in the world?
I actually haven’t been to France and so very badly want to go!!! I also want to visit Japan, which is a goal with my family in the next few years.
7) What would you like least about living in 18th century France?
No running water!!! Modern plumbing!!!:D
8) Have you ever been to France and if so, what was your favorite part of it?
I have been to the airport! (And it’s a cool airport!) I would really love to visit the catacombs, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and of course the Palace of Versailles! And ZOMG french food! My next favorite part!
About the Author: Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. 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 out 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 four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.