The time it was about Ontario Teen Book Fest {3}

Posted February 24, 2016 by Stacee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Interviews | 3 Comments

It that time again: Ontario Teen Book Fest is almost here! And that means it’s time to put the spotlight on one of the authors who will be in attendance.  I basically begged Sara to let me have April Genevieve Tucholke. You know, because April.  But, before we get to all of April’s awesomeness, let’s get the details!


Ontario Teen Book Fest is being held on March 12th, is absolutely free, and tickets are not necessary. There will be 15 authors and it’s being held at Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761.  The event is being sponsored by Once Upon a Time and additional info can be found at the event website.

And now April!  Here’s some info about her upcoming book, Wink Poppy Midnight

30Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Sounds good, right? {Hint: it’s absolutely stunning}


1.Give the elevator pitch for Wink Poppy Midnight.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

The intrigue of The Raven Boys and the “supernatural or not” question of We Were Liars coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.

2. Where did the idea come from? 

From a cool 1955 French film called Les Diaboliques . . . although Wink Poppy Midnight morphed into something else entirely by the time I finished—less thriller, more fairy tale.

3. The book is told in three POVs: Wink, Poppy, and Midnight.  Who was the easiest and hardest to work with?

Midnight was the hardest, hands down. His POV had to carry the story—his chapters were longer and involved a lot more plotting.

Poppy was the easiest. All voice, few plot points. Poppy is bold, arrogant, and wounded. I loved exploring her character.

4. What was the weirdest thing you googled while doing research?

Let’s see.

Tarot cards–I did quite a bit of tarot research and consulted a tarot-reading friend as well.

A list of people who disappeared mysteriously–I researched several unsolved missing person cases, from Amelia Earhart to a Manhattan socialite who disappeared in 1910, to the author Ambrose Bierce.

5. Without spoilers, what was your favorite scene to write?

I liked writing the scenes where Wink reads to Midnight and the Orphans in the hayloft. I liked creating Wink’s fairy tales. But my favorite thing? The Poppy chapters.

Speed [ish] round:

1. You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes. 

When I receive big news I tend to get really quiet for a while. And then I go make some coffee.

2. What three things would you take to a desert island?

Books + coffee + husband + dogs. So I guess that’s 5 things.

3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Either Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell or any of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

4. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

That it’s not just about the writing. You will need to understand and use social media. You will be running your own business, and taxes will be nightmare. You will spend several hours a day answering emails. You will need to learn how to speak in public. You will need to come to terms with being a public figure, and all that entails.


5288442April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and its sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn. She loves classic horror movies and coffee.

She has lived in many places, including Scotland, and currently resides in Oregon with her husband Nate Pedersen.


Huge thanks to Sara for the invite and to April for taking the time! Make sure you’re checking out April’s website, following her on Twitter and Instagram and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR.

And if you’ve made it this far, you’re being rewarded with a giveaway {US only} and definitely scroll further to see the rest of the tour and authors who will be at OTBF.

**Good Luck!!**

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February 22nd – Spotlight on Andrew Smith – What A Nerd Girl Says

February 23rd – Spotlight on Alexandra Monir – The Consummate Reader

February 24th – Spotlight on April Tucholke – Adventures of a Book Junkie

February 25th – Spotlight on Alexis Bass – A Traveling Book

February 26th – Spotlight on Marissa Meyer – Read Now Sleep Later

February 27th – Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth Santana – Movies, Shows and Books

February 28th – Spotlight on Robin Reul – Recently Acquired Obsessions

February 29th – Spotlight on Katherine Kottaras – iFandoms Collide

March 1st – Spotlight on Stephanie Diaz – My Fangirl Chronicles

March 2nd – Spotlight on Virginia Boecker – The Reader’s Antidote

March 3rd – Spotlight on Mary McCoy – Book You Very Much

March 4th – Spotlight on Brad Gottfred – Seeking Bazinga

March 5th – Spotlight on Michelle Levy – My Fangirl Chronicles

March 6th – Spotlight on Elana K Arnold – Read Now Sleep Later

March 7th – Spotlight on Kristin Halbrook – What A Nerd Girl Says

March 8th – Spotlight on Jessica Brody – The Windy Pages

March 9th – Spotlight on Nicole Maggi – Nite Lite Book Reviews

March 10th – Spotlight on Jay Asher – A Bookish Escape

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3 responses to “The time it was about Ontario Teen Book Fest {3}

  1. Robyn

    Loved this posting! Totally forgot about this festival and I hope I can make the drive as it’s an outstanding lineup.

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