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(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Interview: Aimee Agresti

Hi everyone. *waves hello* There are only a few days of the blogoversary celebration left to go. I hope you have enjoyed celebrating Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ one year blogoversary. Today, Aimee Agresti, author of Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) has stopped by Treasured Tales for an interview. Thank you Aimee. 😀


Hi Aimee, Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, to help celebrate its one year blogoversary.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Happy Blogoversary! Thanks so much for having me! Let’s see, where to begin? Well, ILLUMINATE is my first novel but I’ve been an entertainment magazine writer for years. Most recently I was a staff writer at Us Weekly, which was tons of fun! I’ll always be a celebrity gossip junkie at heart!

Do you have a favourite place where you like to write?

I live in DC where museum-hopping is my favorite pastime so I absolutely love writing at the Portrait Gallery. There’s a gorgeous courtyard there where I’ve been known to spend hours on end writing, sipping mochas and people-watching! I wrote a lot of ILLUMINATE there.

What was your favourite novel as a child, and has it inspired or influenced the way you write?

That’s such a great question! I had so many favorites: “Little Women,” “Alice in Wonderland,” the entire “Nancy Drew” series—I read all of those over and over. I always loved stories with strong heroines and adventurous girls. (I basically wanted to grow up to be a mix of Jo March and Nancy Drew!) When I sat down to write ILLUMINATE, it was important to me to create the kind of heroine I would have loved when I was a teen.

When writing a novel, do you outline the entire plot before beginning, or do you like to let the characters guide you?

I’m an outlining fiend! I need to have a clear map of where the story is going before I sit down to write, so I spend an incredible amount of time outlining. But there are definitely moments when I’m writing and a great idea occurs to me and I need to veer off from my plan a bit. Sometimes the best twists come out of the blue like that!

Which of your characters in Illuminate, intrigues you the most?

I love them all, they’re all my babies! But if I had to choose, I would say Haven because the book is really about her evolution. She may start out a little unsure of herself but she becomes a force to be reckoned with, which I love.

What do you love the most about the main character, Haven?

I love that she’s so analytical and introspective and she can’t seem to turn that off, even though she’d sometimes like to. She’s always thinking, thinking, thinking, taking note of everything going on around her, but it’s that kind of focus that helps her unlock the secrets of what’s really going on at the Lexington Hotel!

How would you describe Lance and Dante, each in five words or less?

Five words or less, wow! Well, Dante is the ultimate best friend. And Lance is that guy who surprises you.

When you think of Lucian, what is the first word that comes to mind?

Oooh, how about: smokeshow!

Are there any particular songs that you feel suit or express a certain scene in your novel, Illuminate?

I like to think of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” as the book’s theme song. I didn’t discover that song until long after I’d finished writing, but her voice is so ethereal and the lyrics are just perfect. I love it! But I actually cooked up a whole soundtrack for the book, you can check it out here! http://c.itunes.apple.com/us/imix/aimee-agrestis-illuminate/id501117956

What are you currently working on, and is there anything about it you can share with us?

I’ve been busy polishing up the sequel to ILLUMINATE! In Book Two of the Gilded Wings trilogy, the gang heads to New Orleans to battle a new pack of devils. But I’ll tell you this much: you haven’t seen the last of Lucian!

Thank you for the interview Aimee.

Thank YOU so much!


Doesn’t the Portrait Gallery, where Aimee wrote a lot of Illuminate, sound lovely?

Have you read Illuminate? Are you looking forward to the sequel?


Check out Aimee’s guest post about Lucian.

More information about the Gilded Wings Trilogy and Aimee Agresti:

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Author Guest Post: Aimee Agresti

Today, I am so happy to share with you an author guest post by Aimee Agresti, author of Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1).  Thank you Aimee for stopping by Treasured Tales. 😀


“What I love about ILLUMINATE’S Lucian”

The lovely Alishia asked me to introduce you to Lucian—the main crush object of my main character, Haven, in my novel ILLUMINATE. And, as I started thinking about it, I realized you probably kinda already know him. Lucian is that guy that you go to school to see every day. Every girl has had a Lucian in her life at one time or another—am I right, ladies? He’s the one you’re always watching out of the corner of your eye and the one who makes you melt if he so much as glances in your direction. He doesn’t seem to belong in your world, in your town, on this planet, in real life. Yes, he’s gorgeous, of course, but there’s more to it than that. He seems perfect…mostly because he doesn’t let you get very close to him. He’s mysterious, which makes him more alluring, because, well, everything makes him more alluring.

He’s that guy that you find yourself thinking about all the time, crowding out all of your other thoughts. He’s the one that your friends are sick of hearing about but you don’t care because you’re obsessed with him and you know that if he just got to know you, he would be madly in love with you. He should be madly in love with you. You spend every minute plotting how you could get him to fall madly in love with you. Because there must be a way, right?

But what I really love about ILLUMINATE’s Lucian is that Haven does actually get to know him. And when she does, her feelings get more….complicated.  You’ll see. He surprises her, just as I’m hoping he’ll surprise you when you read. You’ll have to let me know what you think!


Doesn’t Lucian sound intriguing? Thank you Aimee, for introducing us to Lucian.


Author bio:

Aimee Agresti was voted “Quietest” of her high school class–probably because she spent too much time with her nose buried in books. Clearly, becoming a writer was the only possible choice. She now happily toggles between the realms of fact and fiction. The author of the young adult novel ILLUMINATE, she’s also a former Us Weekly staff writer and entertainment journalist.

She has interviewed everyone from Angelina Jolie and George Clooney to the stars of The Hills, and even penned Us Weekly magazine’s coffee table book Inside Hollywood.

She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and lives with her husband and son in Washington, DC, where she can often be found skulking around the Smithsonian museums on slow writing days waiting for inspiration to strike.


More information about Illuminate and Aimee Agresti:

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