Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Author Interview: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Avery Ellison loves long walks, late night phone calls, and reading while it rains. She thinks ice cream cake is the perfect combination and she has a love/hate relationship with the sultry climate of her hometown, Atlanta. FROST, her third book, is a YA fantasy/dystopian tale about love in a frozen, monster-infested wasteland. It is available in both ebook (Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords formats) and paperback versions.

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interview with Blkosiner's Book Blog

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
In a world plagued by monsters, Lia saves the life of a handsome fugitive "Farther," a man from beyond the Frost, & falls in love with him.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I was actually writing a novelette about an angel mythology. I ended up scrapping the idea for the angels (well, it’s going to be turned into a full-length novel at some point), but I really liked the core idea about this girl rescuing this fugitive, someone who’s an enemy of her village, and hiding him in her barn while she figures out what to do with him. I kept changing little details, and then somehow the story morphed into this fantasy/dystopian tale of frozen wastelands and monsters and this other country shrouded in mystery and violence. The story just took over and went crazy on me.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I would most like to have dinner with Jonn, Lia’s brother. He’s friendly, calm, and not too talkative. I think we’d have a pretty good time.
I wouldn’t want to have dinner with the mayor of Lia’s village—he’s a pretty manipulative, controlling guy.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I used to read around three books a week! Now I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, and I miss that. I also miss being able to read without subconsciously picking books apart with a critical writer’s eye. Of course, a really, really good book makes me forget all that.
I’m really picky about calling something a favorite, especially since I read so many books, so my favorite books are mostly still fantasy stuff from my childhood—Robin McKinley (The Blue Sword), Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted), etc. Currently, anything by YA fantasy author Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, etc) is automatically in my favorites category. And I’m loving the YA dystopian trend right now (The Hunger Games, Legend, Divergent, etc), because that was one of my favorite genres when I was a kid and I couldn’t find very many kid-focused dystopians beyond The Giver back then. I also think it’s a great “soft” introduction to sci fi for a lot of readers that might otherwise be reluctant to try that genre out.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I’m currently working on the sequel, Thorns. I’m hoping to have it available in June or July of this summer, right in time for my Frost blog tour hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews.

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Harry Potter, hands down! I would love to go to Hogwarts and just explore everything. I have been fascinated with that world since I read the first book at age 13.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
Music really helps, especially if I want to get into a certain mindset or mood for a scene and I’m having trouble dredging up the right emotions. For Frost, I actually listened to a lot of soundtracks, like Lady in the Water.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Okay, this might be an odd superpower, but I was choose to have the ability to freeze time so I could do things, like get an hour of writing done or get some extra sleep or whatever I need to do. I think that would be extremely handy.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

I am a pretty enthusiastic about gardening (at least when it comes to food), and last year I grew herbs (sweet basil, mint), tomatoes, cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, cucumbers, and green beans. This year I’m hoping to expand the selection to include peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini. I also love playing games—board games, card games, video games.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I love writing these stories, so I hope you enjoy reading them!

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Edward in the books, Jacob in the movies
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Paper, but I do love my Kindle!
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains in the summer/winter, beach in the fall/spring
Phone call or email? Phone call if family, email if friends
Early bird or night owl? Night owl all the way!
Dog or cat? Cat
Messy or neat? messy
Ninjas or pirates? Pirate

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  1. I never realized she's so young! Thanks for the cool interview, and I can totally relate to freezing time but I think I'll use mine on those foot in my mouth moments. LOL

    1. Hate those moments, that is when life needs a remote control

  2. Isn't it odd how one story can lead to another? And I love that you are intending to finish the first story. Time allows stories to grow. :-)

  3. That blurb really grabbed me. Imagine trying to keep a farm going, and trying to keep your siblings together under one roof. Thanks for giving me a chance to win this.

  4. I can definitely relate to the time freezing power! I think it would be nice to have a little extra time in the day. Just one extra hour a day and imagine all of the amazing books like Frost I would have a chance to read!

    1. I would def use mine for reading, but if I got a 2nd then I have tv to catch up on ;)

  5. I'm another one in for freezing time - we need more of it for everything we love to do!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  8. Thanks so much for participating -- I shared your giveaway on twitter and facebook!
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  9. I really want to read this book. I love the cover and I've been seeing it all over the place.
    New follower from the blog hop.

  10. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  11. Excited about the angel mythology! Thanks for sharing!

  12. It's always interesting to find out what writers do when they're not writing.. I've never actually thought about it ha!

  13. The book sounds amazing! I love the cover, and can't believe I haven't heard about it until now!

  14. Ooo! I like the twitter version book synopsis. It sounds great! :)

  15. Love her answer in the question "Edward or Jacob" :D And I prefer chocolate as well.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book!

  16. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. a up and coming author that great and hope to see the book in store soon

  18. You had me at "enemy of her village" This sounds like a great read and I love how the idead formed from another book you were working on. I love a forbidden romance and I cannot wait to read this!

  19. I have been seeing Frost around quite a bit recently and the more I see it the more my fingers are itching to read it. I also choose chocolate every time LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today.

  20. Every thing I had read and heard so far on this book has be great and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win it.


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