Day 11 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: April Henry

by @thewritermama on May 11, 2011 · 15 comments

April Henry and I had crossed paths a couple of times at literary events and I knew I wanted to invite her to the Northwest Author Series. So, I did and she was terrific when she came this last fall. I am a sucker for a presenter who can a slew of great writing tips, and April turns out to be the queen of tips. She packed more helpful tips into her presentation than I have ever heard before. In fact, they were so good that I will link to them here. Please help me welcome, April!

When April Henry was 12, she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine. Her dream of writing went dormant until she was in her 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side.  Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who makes a living doing what she loves. She has written 11 mysteries and thrillers for adults and teens.

Novel Description:

Elizabeth Avery could easily be the girl next door. But what she has planned will make your blood run cold. At first glance, the crimes appear random. Arson. Theft. Fraud. Murder. But these are more than random crimes. They’re moves in an increasingly deadly game. And the one element they have in common: a woman who is gorgeous, clever . . . and lethal. When Elizabeth ruthlessly disposes of an inquisitive young reporter, her crime catches the attention of Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw. They know they’re dealing with a cold-blooded murderer who could strike at any time. What they don’t know is that they’re already on a first-name basis with the killer.

1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

It took me years to identify myself as a writer and not feel like a fraud. Even when I had a few books published, it felt like someone was going to catch on and say it had all been a mistake.  I am finally more confident and believe that I actually am a writer.
2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

Dogged.  Determined. And occasionally, Delighted.
3. What good has your book created in the world?

I give people a few hours where they can forget their workaday lives.

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Roald Dahl arranged to have April’s piece published. What’s the nicest gesture someone else has made to support your writing? Or share a memorable response to your work that has stayed with you over the years.

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please bring a small crowd next time you come. :)

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