Sunday, August 28, 2011

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: April Grey

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


April Grey


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorites have to be from the novel, Chasing The Trickster, which is coming out this fall from Eternal Press. Although I've written a lot of short stories and several novels, these characters were the ones who kept grabbing me and bringing me back to working on their story. I have a couple of other characters who do that, but Nina, Pascal and Joe have been incredibly forceful. Not to sound like a total nut, but sometimes I think I see one or another of them on the street or in the subway. They just don't give up on me.


2. Tell me about your travels.
Stratford, Montreal, Quebec and the Ile d'Orleans in Canada. I've been to Nantucket, all over Cape Cod, Boston, Salem, and Plymouth, Mass. I grew up in NYS so have been to places all over there as well as CT and NJ. (I love Cape May!) And we go to the Catskills every summer. I've been up and down the Eastern seaboard all the way down to Key West, and have gone cross country: Austin TX, (family) New Orleans, Sante Fe, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. I lived three years in St. Andrews, Scotland and visited the Hebrides (waves to Lismore), Dundee and Glasgow. In England: the Lake District, London, and York. I've been to Paris, France, Amsterdam, Holland and Aachen, Germany. Funny, I don't think of myself as a traveler. I don't even drive a car, but my mom was a nomad in her former life and took us everywhere.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Decaf coffee and lots of it.


4. What else can you do besides write?
In my earlier life I was a theatre person (acting, directing, producing, costuming, being a literary manager) and a paralegal. I'm a wife of 18 years and mom to a 14 year old son. I like sewing and take art classes in quilting, journaling and mixed media. My art quilts are part of a group show right now here in NYC.


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
A mom tries to save the lives of her husband and child, and fails.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
My life. I never know it at the time, though. Usually a couple of years afterwards I say, OMG, that's why I wrote it? Sort of like a booby trap in a pretty box with bows and ribbons.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

April Grey's first novel Chasing the Trickster will be out this November from Eternal Press. In honor of this event she has produced a collection of her previously published short stories, "The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe and 13 other Weird Tales." Before turning to writing she was a theatre professional and a paralegal. She currently teaches in NYC and does art quilts in her spare time. She lives with her husband and son. Find her online at:

WEBSITE: www.aprilgreywrites.com
BLOG: www.aprilgrey.blogspot.com
SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69034
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001944660314

1 comment:

  1. April, I can't imagine writing your toughest scene. I had chills just thinking about it.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

    -Heidi

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