GETTIN’ LUCKY: An Interview with April Tucholke, author of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Today on the blog we’re interviewing Lucky13 author April Tucholke, whose debut young adult gothic thriller, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, releases TODAY!

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

12930909Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.


I found BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA a creepy, heart-pounding story. It’s set in a sleepy seaside town that is unsuspecting of the danger that lurks among its borders. This book has a blend of horror mixed with romance, and penned with captivating writing.

1. I love all the food references in BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Reading your book made me want to whip up an omelet. If you would recommend 3 foods that would be perfect pairings for BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, what would they be?


Crispy Sweet Potato Fries & Sriracha Mayo Dip

Eggs In A Frame garnished with sea salt, olive oil, and juicy, diced tomatoes.

Sweet Potato Fries

Affogato. This simple, caffeinated dessert isn’t featured in DEVIL, but it should have been.




2. One of my favorite parts about reading your book is I felt as if I was whisked away to a real place. I could smell the sea spray and hear the waves crash. I wanted to creep into the attic and open all the old trunks. I’m curious whether Citizen Kane is based on a real estate or is it completely a figment of your imagination?

Creep into the attic and go through the trunks…god, yes. Me too. Me too.

Citizen Kane was inspired by:

A. This art deco mansion in Portland:


Bitar Mansion

B. The decrepit Tucholke mansion from my childhood.

3. Personally, I think Citizen Kane would be an inspirational place to write a book. If you could start a writer’s colony, where would it be?

Quebec City. Yachats, Oregon. Lourmarin, France. Pienza, Italy. Bruges, Belgium. Salzburg, Austria.

4. What was your biggest challenge in writing BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA?

Separating myself from the main character, Violet. I also grew up a lonely, book-reading girl in a dilapidated mansion on the sea with neglectful artistic parents and a tyrannical older brother. *

The other difficult aspect, I think, was allowing River to do the terrible things he does, and yet still keep him likable. More than likable. This was a delicate balance.

*This may or may not be true.

5. I’m itching to read the continuation of Violet’s and River’s story. Can you give us any teasers of things to come?

Someone goes mad. Someone goes sane. Neely. Camping. Islands. Forests. Creepy small towns. Pig’s blood. More cemeteries. A girl named Pine. A boy named Finch. Wild horses. A frozen lake. Red hair.

Wow. I cannot wait to read this next book.

Find BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at any of the following stores!

April Genevieve Tucholke digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She and her husband Nate Pedersen live in Oregon at the edge of a forest.
After teaching and traveling internationally, Christina Farley started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write GILDED, a YA about a Korean-American girl with a black belt and deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows to be published by Amazon Children’s spring 2014. Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, hanging out with her two Jedi warriors, and eating dark chocolate.

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