Interview: April Genevieve Tucholke on Food, Art & Mayhem

September 17, 2013 Author Feature, Interview 19

Who…whoo…whooooo?! April Genevieve Tucholke that’s who! I’m happy to welcome her today for an interview! If you love Gothic mysteries with a dash of romance and the supernatural you will definitely want to pick up Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea!

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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Inspired by egocentric males: What is the worst pick up line someone has tried to use on you?

Well, I never minded if a pick up line was bad, as long as the boy was genuine and earnest and seemed to be trying. I will add this though: Being a good listener is imperative. I don’t know how many times boys tried to impress me in the past by talking about all the cool things they liked/knew about…and then, in turn, they didn’t seem remotely interested in the cool things I liked/knew about. This annoyed the hell out of me.

I love food…but I hate cooking. What’s the dish you can cook best?

Hmm. This is tough. I do great salads. I have this corn-scraped-fresh-off-the-cob coconut milk chowder that I do in the summer. And I’ve taken Robert Rodrieguez’s 10 minute cooking school, so sometimes I make these breakfast tacos.

Is there a painting that you really love or an artist you admire?

I’ve always loved The Old Guitarist that Picasso did in his Blue Period.

I adore Durer’s self Portrait. Read about it. Durer. So arrogant. So mischievous.

I like to dig up this Hunters In The Snow painting by Bruegel the Elder, after the first snowfall of each year: It comforts me.

The Raft Of The Medusa is visceral and beautiful and shocking.

These are just off the top of my head. I have dozens of favorites.

What do you think would be the most common reason someone would take the Devil’s hand?

Ha. Boredom? Ambition? Of the two, I think boredom is the more dangerous…at least for me.

Is there a topic/genre you feel that you would just never write about?

Genre: Contemporary drama/realism. It’s just too close to real life for my taste. I like to separate myself from reality when I write. I like to use historical settings or futuristic settings or Gothic settings or magic or catastrophic events or mad narrators. I definitely read contemporary realism (I’m really excited for Brandy Colbert’s POINTE), and there are some realistic contemporary books I love. I just don’t have any desire to write in this genre.

With Zombies and Vamps in mind –  which type of world would you rather be trapped in & why? One being infested with zombie or one plagued by controlling crazed vampires?

Vampires. No question. I will always vote for the intelligent monster over the unintelligent. I can’t help myself.

Have you tried your hand at any other artsy / craftsy hobbies?

I paint sometimes. I’m terrible. I “Pollock” like River does in DEVIL. I used to play the piano quite well, back when I had a piano.

If you were in an empty playground – what would you gravitate towards & why? The Merry-go-round or the Swings?

The swings. They’re more independent.

What magical creature do you think you would be if we were all smacked with the magic juju and all the people in the world morphed?

There’s a lot to be said for the tall, beautiful, mad, evil fairy. I would enjoy that. A werewolf might be nice, too. The savagery. Very satisfying in the short term, I should think. Banshees are very haunted and tragic–probably more fun in theory than in actuality though.

If there was one book you could re-experience again for the first time what would it be?

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I love that book so much my heart skips a beat whenever I think of it. Jane Eyre is a close second.

Great, great questions, Tabitha.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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19 Responses to “Interview: April Genevieve Tucholke on Food, Art & Mayhem”

  1. Ana Death Duarte

    The more I read about this book, the more I want it! It’s cool that the author likes to create fantasy/gothic settings… when I write, I tend to do the same, although I also read realistic stuff, but fantasy really takes us by the hand and lead us to other worlds… it’s so awesome! And… Tabitha, more and more I think you will LOVE Black Butler! What are you waiting for? lol There is the devil (the hell of a butler <3), a pact and fine dressing, refined men, tea… conspiracy, fantasy! (I'm being like the devil myself hahaha) Cya! 🙂
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  2. Christina T

    Oh I want to read this book soon and all of the art work she chose is beautiful especially The Raft of Medusa it’s very dramatic and the use of color and sweep of the waves are bold.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      That one was my favorite – so beautiful and awful in a way as well. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you get to read it soon. It was such a great book!

  3. simonet

    I’m so excited for this book. I’ve heard such great things about this book. I’m getting it in hardcover to go on my tree branch book shelf.

  4. Jaime Lester

    Reading her interview makes me want to read the book even more…. Hurry it up Jaime