Pawn Blog Tour: Interview With Aimée Carter

Posted 11/05/2013 by alicemarvels in Author Interview


Today we are excited to have Aimée Carter stopping by on her Kismet Book Tours blog tour to discuss Pawn, the first book in her new series, The Blackcoat Rebellion. We loved this book and will have our review up later this week, but in the meantime check out our interview with Aimée and scroll down to enter to win a copy and a HarlequinTEEN prize pack!


 Interview With Aimée Carter


 PAWN paints a very believable and frightening future meritocracy that has the illusion of fairness, but in reality it is riddled with corruption and discrimination. Could you see any aspects of this imagined future world becoming a reality in the United States? 

PAWN is meant to be an entertaining story, but at the same time, the political undercurrents within it are very much based on taking some of the problems facing our society today to the extreme. I wrote the first draft in the middle of the 2008 election cycle, where both sides were convinced that if the other won, the United States as we knew it would be destroyed. So, using many of those “worst case scenarios” – all based on political issues our country was and still is facing – I created a future America that seemed, to me, to be a plausible extension of these fears. And if you’ll forgive me for getting political for a moment, as far as the corruption and discrimination within PAWN’s fictional meritocracy go, I think we as a country are already there.


If you had to take the same test Kitty and Benjy take on their 17th birthday, what do you think your rank and assignment would be?

The aptitude test Kitty and Benjy take is roughly based off of an IQ test, complete with the bell curve – which is where Benjy gets the percentages he spouts off in the first chapter. It gets a little technical with standard deviations and percentages, but the closest you could come in our world to determining your rank would be to take an IQ test. As for me, I’d like to think I’d do well and have a job teaching or somewhere in politics, but like Kitty, I’m a horrible test taker, and it’d be impossible for me to predict where I would end up.


If you were forced to be Masked, and take over a famous person’s life for one year, who would you choose?

This is such an awesome question. I’m completely blanking. My first instinct is “who’s famous and has a gorgeous British boyfriend?”, so that probably says more about me than I should put out there in the world. In the end though, I think I’d go for someone famous who has the opportunity to do good in the world and positively influence others – or maybe even someone who hasn’t been using their power for good, so to say, and change that around a bit. And if they happened to have a hot British boyfriend, all the better for it.


The characters in this book have amazing poker faces! I never knew who to trust and was quite frequently blindsided by some of their revelations and motivations. Did any of the characters surprise you while you were writing the book, or did you know from the beginning where each of them were going?

All of the characters in this book surprised me more times than I can count. Daxton especially – without going into details, he shocked me the most throughout all of this.


The Harts are one of the most interesting, messed up, drama rich families I’ve read about in a long time, on par with the Lannisters from Game of Thrones. Just for fun, if you had to assign the family a motto, what would it be?

Thank you! That’s so sweet of you to say. If I had to assign the Harts a family motto, it would be: “No matter the cost.”


The ending certainly sets us up for an exciting sequel. Any chance you can give us a one sentence hint about what’s in store for us in book two?

It’s impossible to talk about the second book without spoiling the first at all, but I will say this: the title, CAPTIVE, is all the spoiler you’ll want.


Thank you for stopping by Aimée!

Thanks so much for having me!


About Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1 )



For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

Publication Date: November 26th by Harlequin TEEN

About Aimée Carter:


Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time continuing with The Goddess Test series and working on new projects. You can tweet her at @aimee_carter or catch updates on her website.





Thanks to the lovely folks at Kismet Book Tours and HarlequinTEEN, we have a copy of Pawn to give away, as well as an entry into the grand prize giveaway of a HarlequinTEEN tote bag full of books, including 2 copies of Pawn, Crash Into You, Waterfell, Witchstruck and and ARC of White Hot Kiss! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:


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Tour Schedule:

Follow along on the rest of the Pawn blog tour!

Monday, November 4th – The Irish Banana 
Tuesday, November 5th –  Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Wednesday, November 6th – Alice Marvels
Friday, November 8th – The Cozy Reader

Monday, November 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, November 13th – Me, My Shelf and I 
Friday, November 15th – Books Complete Me

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    I’d love to read this book because Aimee knows how to create interesting characters that have awesome adventures in a unique world:)

    Thank you:)


    PAWN sounds very different and unique from anything I’ve ever read and it has me quite intrigued! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!


    This definitely sounds like it will be a great read with all the realistic feeling “could bes” in it. I want to read this one for sure!

    Great interview!


    Ohhh I am loving the blurb


    I have heard great things about this book and as I still haven’t read any book by this author I’m more than curious about this one. Great interview Lauren 🙂


    I have heard lots of great things about the book. The book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.


    My co-blogger read this book and absolutely fell in love with it – and I want to absolutely fall in love with it, too! I just started Aimee’s Goddess Test series and I know that once I finish it I’m going to need more of Aimee and her amazing writing skills. She certainly knows how to create her own worlds – or expand upon our own – with amazing characters.


    Just finished this last night and really enjoyed it. A worthy addition to the dystopian books! Great interview. Thanks!


    I read Pawn and loved it. I look forward to a re-read! Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!



    I have this for review and I am excited. I love books with a overbearing government they are so chilling! Love that family motto. Why a hot British boyfriend?


    Why wouldn’t someone be excited about this book. It’s filled everything that makes it awesome. 🙂


    I’m excited for Pawn because it’s by Aimee Carter. Don’t even care what it’s about, I just know I’m going to love it!!!


    Oh enjoyed the interview. My question now is what kind of IQ test? Performance can vary greatly on the kind. Oh I’m overthinking, but this makes it fun. Now I have to read the book. LOL


      Thanks so much for hosting and helping me share great giveaways from some of my favorite brands like Cute Little Boxes, You’ve been Sentenced!, Shaune Bazner and Spasleobgen!

    Stacey Marin

    This sounds like it is going to be really good, and I am excited to check this out.


    The world in Pawn sounds fascinating and I am anxious to explore it and the characters. Lovely interview Lauren!

    Elizabeth Aguilar

    I love the concept and am very interesting on seeing how Carter develops the world-building. I am also a big fan of her previous series.


    I’m excited to read Pawn because I’m a fan of Aimee Carter’s other series, Goddess Test!


    This is a great interview! I am terrible at taking tests like that, especially when I was that age because I had no patients for it. But knowing my life literally depended on it would’ve probably MADE me focus. lol

    I’m almost finished with this book. It has a very soap opera feel to it.


    This sounds great! I think interviews tend to get me even more interested in books because I kind of see a different perspective. I’m looking forward to reading this!


    It sounds different

    Emma G

    I love Aimee! Ever since I read Goddess Test I have fallen in love with Aimee’s writing. When I read about this book I was super excited! I can’t wait to read this!


    I’m really excited to read Pawn because Aimee is such an amazing writer. Pawn has such an original idea behind it and I am dying to try out this new YA book!


    I can’t wait to read this!


    Oh my I loved Amiee’s last series and can not wait to dig my heels in this one too!


    I have an e-ARC of this on my Kindle and now I’m even more excited. Great interview!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    Morgan Faufaw

    I have had this on to read list on Goodreads for awhile it looks amazing! I love YA books that seem to be something different from the normal story lines, and this book seems to be something different and interesting!

    Rachel S

    I’m so excited to read Pawn because I loved The Goddess Test series, and I read a sample at the end of the series that was in the last book, and it was really good! I love unique dystopians, and that’s what this book sounds like to me! It’s been on my list for quite a while now!


    Actually, I read it last week! It is so incredibly amazing! I can’t wait until I have a beautiful hardcover of this ridiculously awesome book! Thanks very much!


    I’m intrigued by Pawn because I enjoyed the Goddess Test series, and it sounds amazing! Wonderful interview! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!


    I’m very curious about Daxton’s character now. I want to know what he did to shock even the author. 🙂 Great interview! This is on my review pile so I should be reading it soon. I’m definitely looking forward to it.


    I’m interested in Pawn because I really enjoyed the Goddess Test and this book looks really good. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi/dystopian so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

    Darith L.

    The plot is just intriguing! Who would not want to read this? Permanently transformed into someone else, forced to think a certain way…it sounds like the start of a great series!


    I love reading dystopian books.


    I’m excited to read Pawn because dystopians are epic!!


    Well Aimee is a master at creating amazing characters with unique worlds so that is a small piece of the why. There is also the fact that I have never picked up anything of hers that I did not LOVE!!

    Holly Anne

    I’m excited to read this because I’ve heard so much good things about it.


    I can’t wait to read this, it sounds so good!


    The part about Pawn that intrigues me most is that Kitty has to pretend to be someone else (someone who she never met and who was killed!). I’ve read a few books where characters pretended to be something they weren’t (like taking on a new trait or interest), but never a book where a character was literally taking someone else’s place/life.

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