24 July 2012

Blog Tour : Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1) by Kate Avery Ellison (Interview + Giveaway)

Thanks to AToMR Book Blog Tours for letting me be a part of this tour! I've an interview with Kate Avery Ellison followed by a giveaway for you guys today. You can check out the rest of the stops here.

Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1) by Kate Avery Ellison.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Dystopia.
Publication : April 18th, 2012 (Self-Published).
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?

You're really young for a writer so I have to ask, when did
you write your first novel?

I’ve always been writing. I wrote my first “book” (it had a cover, a table of contents, and three chapters, each a page in length) at age eight. Brooke Temer and the Secret Room ended up being the first in a mystery series that spanned thirteen books of similar length, and it was heavily influenced by my childhood obsession, the Nancy Drew series. I finished my first real novel, a vampire love story set in outer space, at age twenty one.

Tell us a bit about Frost, how is it different from your other books?

All my books have a bit of mystery (I can’t seem to get away from my mystery-loving childhood roots!), but this is the first one that has a really suspenseful undertone, I think, with the creatures in the forest and the threat of Farthers just across the river and the ever-present threat of the brutal cold. It’s also my first published novel that blends elements of both fantasy and sci fi, as the series is a little bit dystopian in nature and gets more so as the series goes on.

If you had to describe Frost in one word, what would it be?

Blue – maybe that’s cheating, since the cover is blue, but when I think of the story in my mind’s eye, it’s all soft light and shifting shadows and gathering darkness in various shades of blue.

The cover's gorgeous! Did you pick it out?

Thank you! I actually designed the cover myself. When I’m not writing, I’m often creating digital art or taking photographs. You can see my artist profile and a lot of my work here: http://werekat12.deviantart.com/gallery/37887821

How many books are you planning to write in the Frost

Originally, I planned to write four, but plans change. I’m now anticipating possibly five books in the main storyline that follows the main protagonist Lia Weaver, and I’m itching to write a companion novel from her best friend Ann’s perspective. I might even write a book from the point of view of Lia’s little sister, Ivy. (Both have very important roles later in the series, and I think people might enjoy reading what happens on their end, since the first person POV does limit the story, and a lot of cool things both characters do aren’t seen in the main series, just heard about later. But we’ll see. That’s all kind of up in the air right now.

Who's your favorite book character?

In Frost, my favorite character is Adam. He’s mysterious, and his motives and intentions aren’t immediately apparent. I like that. For the whole series, so far my favorite character is a villain from book two, Thorns (which should release in August). His name is Korr and he’s a handsome, twisted, calculating young Farther with a secret agenda. Hmmm, maybe there’s a pattern here…

Do you prefer writing in a first person's point of view or

I vastly prefer writing in first person, probably because I find it easier to connect with the voice of the main character. When it comes to reading I have no preference, although I seem to read more first person books these days. Most of my favorite books are in third person, though.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? Do you
have a another job?

I’m now able to write full-time, and I spend a lot of time doing that, but when I’m not doing one of the various writing-related parts of the job (drafting, editing, marketing, etc.), I’m usually creating some kind of digital art. I’m really interested in both photo manipulation and photography. I also designed all my book covers, so those are another example of my art. When I’m not writing or taking photographs or designing stuff in Photoshop, I can probably be found reading, watching one of my favorite TV shows, or scouring thrift stores for amazing deals.

What's your favorite genre to read/write?

Hmm, hard question! I like writing fantasy best, but I probably prefer to read sci fi. It’s a tough call, though, because most of my favorite books are either fantasy or historical.

Thank you Kate, for answering my questions!

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