Publisher: Enchanted Publishing
Publication Date: June 23, 2014
Synopsis: Great beauty hides dark secrets...
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you?
Although I’ve been writing professionally for thirteen years, Frostbitten is my first novel. All my other books were either anthologies or novellas, so it was a change to write something of this length, and that came with challenges I haven’t experienced before. I think writing Frostbitten developed my skills as a writer, and I am very proud of the finished product.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
Absolutely! I’m already working on the outline for the second book in the Frostbitten series. It will delve deep into the mythology of Cedar Falls as well as the werewolves. The second book will be darker than the first and will concentrate on Anastasia and Frost’s evolving relationship. I honestly put my heart and soul into Frostbitten, but I want the next installment to be even better, and I promise that the stakes will be higher – much higher...
Q. How did you come up with the title?
The title is a play on words because the main male character (Anastasia’s love interest) is named Frost. There is a reason for his unusual name, and that reason is a pivotal part of the book. I love the title because it connects really well to the whole story, while alluding to the winter setting and the chilling situations that all the characters are going to be faced with.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is finding the time. When I write, I like to be wholly engrossed in my work, not having to worry about anything else other than the project that is in front of me. Unfortunately, life is hectic, so I have to take advantage of those free, quiet moments whenever they arise. I think that’s why I was initially drawn to short stories – they’re obviously much quicker to complete than a novel!
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I still use a pen and paper to write, and I couldn’t imagine typing directly onto my laptop. I prefer writing outdoors, like on the dock at my cottage, or even when I’m lounging in my pool – definitely not a smart place to bring a computer, anyway. :p
Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?
Since I tend to put my characters through hell and back, I have to admit that I wouldn’t want to be any of them. Anastasia from Frostbitten is one of my favorite characters, though; mainly because she is so multifaceted. She’s seventeen, so she’s still figuring out who she is, and that’s hard, especially amid all the drama and expectations she faces at high school. Anastasia is definitely not perfect, and when difficult situations arise, she doesn’t always make the right choices. What’s important is that she never gives up, and through her experiences, she grows. I strongly feel like this is someone that people, particularly teenagers, can relate to.
Q. What are you currently reading?
Due to school and work commitments, the only book I’ve read recreationally for the past ten years was Ali’s Pretty Little Lies. I think it would be paradise to just relax and read a good paranormal romance – I want to do that so badly! Once I finish The Horror Diaries and Frostbitten series, that’s the very first thing I’m going to do.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
I am currently editing the fifth book in The Horror Diaries series. It’s called Shivers and will include five new scary stories for middle graders. On a fun side note, The Horror Diaries has been optioned for a TV show, so my fingers are crossed that I’ll see it on the small screen sometime soon.
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