Pawn Blog Tour: Interview With Aimée Carter
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
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