I am very pleased and excited to share this interview I conducted with AE Rought, the awesome and lovely author behind Broken, a gothic revival loosely based on Frankenstein, which released earlier this year through Strange Chemistry. I was fortunate enough to meet Ms. Rought at her launch event and she was kind enough to sit down and do an interview with me. Enjoy!
*Please note: This interview also appears on the Schuler Books and Music blog*
Can you tell us about your book?
Broken is one I’ve been calling a gothic revival. They usually call them “retellings”, but I think “revival” sounds a bit more snazzy. It’s based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but very loosely. I took a few threads and wove them into a new tapestry, and gave the book a completely different focus using Emma as the main character.
What inspired you to write it?
It’s kind of awkward. It wasn’t necessarily an inspiration. I didn’t see something, I felt something. It was like a dark little beast inside that I had to write out of me, and the only thing I could find to do it was the gothic retelling because it had the best atmosphere for putting that spooky, heartbreaking, achy kind of feeling to it.
What was the writing process like for Broken?
A little bit of research, some really vicious outlining, and about four months of butt-in-the-chair typing.
What inspired you to be an author?
Best answer is my daddy. I didn’t somebody I thought, “Oh, I want to be like them”. My dad, since I was a kid, was carving something, building something—he was always being creative. I learned from my dad that creativity is a good thing, so I credit my dad with the creativity.
What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?
I’m a really big Emma May fan and most of the fight scenes I write end up having to be scaled back because I use some terminology that most people don’t recognize. Number two is, hmm, I like going places, but I don’t like going places. I like to be there and I like to see things, but I’m not necessarily the road trip kind of girl. I’d be much happier with a Tardis. Three, I collect stuffed animals. I blame that one on my mother because when I was little she used to take my animals away and put them into storage. If I didn’t ask for them back I didn’t get them back, so I grew up with my toys going missing, haha.
Did you have a favorite stuffed animal?