Interview with A.E. Rought, Author of Broken

Today, I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Broken! A.E Rought has stopped by Nawanda Files for an interview about her book, writing, and of course her favorite book into movie adaptation. Learn more about Broken below and then jump down for the interview!

BrokenBroken
by A.E. Rought

Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: January 8th, 2013

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Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

Interview

What inspired you to write Broken?
The book was more of a feeling that needed an answer, than a single moment of inspiration. I had to find a story dark and aching and twisted enough to purge that feeling. Plus, I’d wanted to play with a reimagining, and Gothic fiction gave me the best stormy nights and shadowy characters to create that atmosphere. From there, Frankenstein, with a dose of Body Parts was the best fit.

When did your writing career begin?
I’ve always been writing, even in school. I didn’t turn any serious through to publication until January of 2000. My first adult romance novel sold to Samhain a couple year later. Somewhere in there my focus shifted to embrace YA, the genre I read all the time.

Who was your favorite character to write?
Oh that’s hard! I have a favorite in every book. I loved one of my villains in a penname book because he was an absolute unapologetic bastard. I have a favorite YA character, but that book is currently sitting on my editor’s desk for consideration so I can’t really talk about her. In Broken, my favorite is definitely Alex. I <3 him! He has that bad boy quality I like, able to draw on it when necessary, but at heart he’s such a good guy.

Broken is a modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! What drew you to this classic work? 
I love classic Gothic tropes: the mad scientist, the dark settings, the tragic heroines… So, in a roundabout way, a big part of it was a conversation about Gothic horrors to twist with my reader Lexie. We both love Van Helsing (a little kitsch and silly at times, but still cool), and had a soft spot for that movie’s version of Frankenstein’s monster. From there, we bounced ideas around, tossed in a little theology, all based on the question, “What if Frankenstein’s monster fell in love?”

Besides referencing Frankenstein, did you have to do any research for the book?
Google and I had quite a thing going for a while. We were seeing each other on a daily basis. *snort* And I ate a lot of popcorn while I watched marathons of old classic horror movies…
Seriously, though, I studied the tropes mostly, the key elements of Frankenstein, and chose which ones I wanted to focus on in Broken to bring about the most heartache for the characters.

If you could describe Broken in three words, what would they be?
Oy! Another hard question! Off the top of my head I would say: haunting, lyrical, romantic.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Find a good group of peers. Maybe become a member of a writing community like YALITCHAT. Communities like YALITCHAT have peer critique groups, and offer opportunities like pitching to specific agents not always available to outside writers. Definitely find a couple critique partners and beta readers. These are the groups and people who understand you as a writer, will help you learn and hone your craft. These are the people who will support you when you are down, and will celebrate your accomplishments.

Beyond that, write because you love writing and you can’t see yourself doing anything else. That love will be there on the days you want to chuck in the towel. Trust me. I’ve been there. Broken started simply because I wanted to write it, not with the end goal of it being published.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies news, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book? 
So far, I think The Hunger Games is my favorite adaptation. Lionsgate did some brilliant casting, and I loved their spin on the way the game was run from the side of the government. Also, I’m dying to see the screen adaptation of Beautiful Creatures. I love that series.

Thanks so much for your time, A.E. Rought! I look forward to reading Broken
You’re most welcome. Thank you very much for having me! I hope you enjoy Broken.


About the Author




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Self-proclaimed nerd, A.E. Rought has spent most of her early life in libraries and bookstores. It’s no surprise that she turned to writing shortly after creative arts college. She has novels of varying genres, and different pennames, published since 2006.



Broken sounds like an amazing gothic paranormal and I can't wait to dive into the book this month! A.E. Rought is equally awesome with some great advice for aspiring writers (YALITCHAT) and an awesome pick for fav books into movies (I'm dying to see Beautiful Creatures as well!)

If you're interested in Broken be sure to check out the opening pages on A.E. Rought's blog and add it on goodreads!

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