I met Aaron at the Romantic Times Book Convention in Chicago last spring at the Fairy ball (I have a great pic at the bottom of this interview) and we began emailing a bit this summer. I’m so glad I met him! I loved The Never Prayer. My review is after this post. Click HERE Where was I? Oh, yeah, Aaron asked for my honest opinion of his young adult novel and I said if I was going to do that I wanted to have my way with him on my virtual couch *tries to waggle eye brows* lol sooo, he was a good sport and agreed. I <3 this interview so much and hope you get a kick out of meeting Aaron and enjoy the hoops I make him jump through. And he is a great guy and giving 2 lucky commenters a copy of The Never Prayer!
Without further adieu….
Me: Hi Aaron! (((hugs))) Come in, come in. *scoops books and tv remote off the couch* have a seat on my virtual couch. Can I get you anything? Really, skies the limit (it’s VR and all in our head anyway :p) I’m having a Starbuck’s green tea frappuccino WITH whip cream! Lol
So, Aaron… How’s your summer been? Gone on any roller coasters or camping trips?
Aaron: My summer has been outtakes from a 1980’s era music video about the rock star on the road, missing home, riding in the bus, pining over girls with really frizzy hair walking around in a cloud of hairspray. I smell Aqua Net and I melt. Seriously.
I’ve been doing a ton of traveling with my job (I support awesome anesthesia documentation software), and I’ve been doing trips to promote my book, and I’ve been doing road trips with my family (thank you Nintendo DS, wherever you are) and I’ve been walking around in the desert. The Great Salt Flats in Utah is one of my most favorite places on Earth. Yes to roller coasters (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk) and yes to camping trips. My daughter Ella is as tough as nails.
I’ll have a green tea frappuccino as well. I’ll drink anything frappucciono’d. Maybe not a boot-sweat frappuccino, but anything else.
Me: *hands Aaron a frappuccino and plops down on the couch* busy summer! Sounds nice though.
So….I finally read The Never Prayer (click HERE if you missed my review) and I’m kicking myself for not moving it up my TBR pile sooner. It’s a fast passed YA novel and once I started it I couldn’t put it down! I truly enjoyed the story and adored Lena. I was rooting for her and wanted to see her make better decisions. I loved the good versus evil, light versus dark, push, pull of the story and cared about the characters and the town of Avalon. What idea or spark started this story in your imagination and made it become a reality for us to enjoy?
Aaron:Well, I was talking to a literary agent and she suggested I write an angel book. She knew I was Catholic and angst-ridden and so she knew that I could come up with something. I did, almost immediately. I kept thinking about how hard the world can be, and what it would be like to be an angel, trying to fix this hard, ‘ol world. Boom, then I wondered, what if my angel was an atheist? What if my angel couldn’t believe in God because the world can be so brutal? That was the inspiration, and then I wanted to put it in a Colorado mountain town, a girl in trouble, a demon who starts off being the greatest guy in the world, and bazinga, The Never Prayer. Glad you liked it. I loved reading and editing it. I cried every time.
Me: We met at the Romantic Times Book Convention in Chicago, last spring. You came up and introduced yourself to me and wanted a pic of my (temporary) tattoo wings. <g> Now that I’ve read The Never Prayer that makes me feel very cool actually. Lol I got kick out of the two supernatural beings in the story and their tattoo wings that could become real! If you had a supernatural ability what would you want? I think I would like to stop time so I could read more… or teleportation. :p
Aaron: Oh, Kat, this is the best interview ever! You answer your own questions and I do that when I interview people for my website! Loving you! Okay, enough exclamation points. Swear to all that is holy, you answered what I would answer. Stop time or teleport. If I could teleport, I could do book events all over the world and meet with friends and just rock the casbah. But I can’t take your ability, so I’ll choose telepathy. I love people and I would love to know what people are really thinking and who they are, deep down. In the end, I would imagine, we’re all pretty much alike, unless we aren’t, and then I bet that’s when things get strange.
Me: *snicker* I don’t mind sharing super powers… or exclamation points! I’m rather fond of them :p
What are you working on now? Do you have plans for any more stories about Lena and the other students of Avalon? I really liked the Untouchables and Deirdre and Santiago too. Though honestly the ending didn’t leave me hanging (thank you!) I’m just greedy for another book from you.
Aaron: I’m a guy who, um, likes to write lots of books at the same time. I’m the Sybil of fiction. So, I just finished a book about a girl and her grandmother, seeking love and adventure in France, and it’s a sweet book, but different than The Never Prayer. The working title, when I’m not calling it “The Grandma Book”, is Elizabeth’s Midnight.
But I’m officially in love with the scifi western I’m working on now. It’s steampunk, it’s a cattle drive, it’s COWPUNK! Three sisters fight over a boy in the distant future where boys are rare and electricity doesn’t work. I’m calling it Dandelions, Guns, and Little Lost Souls.
And yeah, I’m doing a sequel to The Never Prayer. Once I get my Dandelion book finished, I’m going to plot and write the sequel. Lena will be back, but this time she’s the angel. That’s all I’ll say.
And you might see a novella about Chael and what he did before Lena and Jozey. I have a rough draft but it’s real rough.
Me: O_o a Chael prequel?! gimme! and Cowpunk? color me curious
Ok, I’m going to try something silly I saw in a delightful interview I read on www.findagoodbooktoread.com with author Bruce Blake .Actually that entire interview was nonsensical fun <g> But I’m not quite ready to go completely down the rabbit hole. Here’s my attempt…
What’s the color of your favorite pair of shoes and how does that help or hinder your writing style?
Aaron: My favorite pair of shoes are a pair of black boots I picked up in Paris, and they are wicked cool. Very Victorian. I slap on a pair of goggles and I’m steampunk fabulous. But they hurt my feet, so I can’t wear them as much as I’d like. So my writing life is fabulous and it also hurts.
Me: Nice comparison! and I so wanna see those boots
I just made up a word, Flimidity, what does it mean and how would you use it in a sentence?
Aaron: Flimidity, n., the way the air feels when you are being scammed.
The flimidity in the room skyrocketed when Alexander Dreuss pulled out his bottle of Dr. Elijah Wilde’s elixir. His promises came out eel-smooth. “It can heal the warts in your armpits or the lumbago in your lymph nodes.
Me: rotflol Awesomesauce! It totally needs to go in the dictionary
Tell me a story please …. Once in a blue moon, the king of Croon….
Once in a blue moon,
The king of Croon
Sings of love and Costco.
The Queen of Spring
Sick of the King
Became a militant agnostic.
The Prince of Spades
Dug his own grave
With only the jeans of his pocket.
And The Princess of Mud
Gave up all her spuds
And went all carnivore ecstatic
What a happy family
Living in a Cicily
Crying over Penelope
Whose Odysseus would return no more.
Me: I got a sonnet *singing* I got a sonnet Ha! Love it
Where are you going? Come back *pats the cushion* lol The fun’s almost done. But here is another one…
Aaron: About that boot-sweat frappuccino, maybe just a drop. That last question made me awful thirsty.
Me: Awww You can do eeit :p
The Book Tart Quickie
- Last book you read?: Just After Sunset by Stephen King
- Buffy or Vampire Diaries? (this one is highly important and determines if we can stay friends- no pressure lol) Um, I’m sweating a little, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer is prolly the best show ever created and I’ll knife-fight anyone that says differently. Unless they say Firefly, and then I’ll say that’s the best show ever. Never watched the Vampire Diaries, but I’m a firm believer in the Gospel of Joss Whedon. How’d I do? Friends or enemies? Or can we be frenemies? Yay! The correct answer on The Book Tart is always Buffy! We are still friends, better friends even cause you love Firefly too
- Spicy or mild?: Spicy Thai Hot. I want it all. And I want it now.
- Laptop or PC?: Just give me something I can save word docs on. Don’t care. Just don’t make me write longhand.
- Rain or snow?: Snow, a fireplace, and thou.
- Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate. Because God so loved the world… *snort* I adore you!
- Night owl or morning person? : Both/neither. I don’t sleep much. But I do believe that waking up early is stealing time from God. We’ll say morning person.
- Tv or movies? TV. Teacher, mother, secret lover. As Homer Simpson would say.
- Ebook or print? Gimmee words. Don’t care. I love me a good hardbound book, but ebooks make me happy because I can read so many and carry so little.
- Drink with an umbrella or in a chilled bottle? Decaf coffee and a little soy, ‘cause I don’t drink the alcohol. Booze and my soul just don’t mix.
Me: I am so glad we met at RT12 in Chicago! Thank you so much for visiting The Book Tart and chatting… and for putting up with my craziness! Let’s blame it on the frappuccino. It’s the whip cream, too much sugar :p
Aaron: I had a boffo time. Totally. I think I believe in God again.
Me: I don’t think I want you to leave *pouts* Don’t be a stranger! Come back again now, you hear?
The Queen of Tarts
Oh! And because Aaron is completely awesomesauce he’s giving away 2 copies of The Never Prayer! One signed print copy mailed to a US resident and an ebook so this contest can be open to international entries too. Both Aaron and I celebrate our birthdays this week, his is on Wednesday and mine’s on Saturday… So to enter, leave a comment telling us your fav birthday treat ie, cake, pie, shortcake (hmmm that’s a cake isn’t it?) you get the picture. Easy-peasy. Contest is open till Sep. 29th 12am EST. Winners will be randomly chosen and contacted for their deets and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favor :p
Now that you’ve met Aaron read his bio, click HERE it’s pretty epic You can’t stop the signal Mal.
Aaron Michael Ritchey
For more about me and The Never Prayer, you can visit us both at www.aaronmritchey.com. And of course, I’m on Facebook, as is the book at http://www.facebook.com/TheNeverPrayer. And I tweet – @aaronmritchey. Reviews can be found at the Goodreads page, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13565800-the-never-prayer . If you are at all curious about the novel, our friends at Amazon.com would love for you to visit them!
Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us! more cake please