Crown Of Ice by Vicki Weavil – Blog Tour
Title: Crown of Ice
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Vicki L. Weavil
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.
A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
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Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn October 11, 2014
- Four (4) winners will receive a digital copy of Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil (INT)
- One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)
Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.
I had a chance to interview Vicki and here are the questions and answers she provided
When did you first begin writing seriously?
I’ve always loved to write, but only began writing seriously three years ago. All my life I’d said, “Someday I’ll write a book,” but while I’d written a good bit of poetry and some short stories, I’d never finished a novel. So in the fall of 2011 I decided I should write one novel, just to prove to myself I could.
That novel turned into a book and a sequel, and while those two manuscripts are currently “on the shelf,” they did give me the impetus to write my third book, which became CROWN OF ICE.
Is there a particular author who inspired you?
No, but reading many wonderful books by a multitude of authors over the years has definitely inspired me. I do credit the many authors—past and present—whose books I have loved with teaching me pretty much all I know about writing.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’m definitely a plotter. I develop background information on my story and characters, and always work from a rather detailed outline. Now, it’s true I sometimes make changes in the plot as the book develops, so I do allow for that. I’m not slavishly devoted to my original plans— I have no problem adjusting my outline to accommodate new ideas.
What advice would you give authors in the query trenches at the moment?
Always write what you truly want to write, but be aware of the market. If you notice that a certain theme, concept, or genre is being consistently rejected by agents or publishers, don’t toss aside your manuscript. but be aware how difficult a “sell” it might be. If all you get is rejection for a significant period of time, perhaps set aside that manuscript and work on something else. Doing this does NOT mean that you are “giving up”—the tide will turn and your first manuscript will probably be in demand again.
Tell another story; explore another genre or idea. This doesn’t mean you have failed, nor does it mean that your original manuscript is forever doomed to languish on the “shelf.” Keep it safe, and someday you can pursue publication for that book again. Preserve all your words, but continue to write other manuscripts and explore new ideas, because you never know which book will first capture the attention of agents or publishers.
What is a typical writing day for you?
I have to distinguish between a writing day and a regular day. My regular day includes a rather demanding full-time job, so usually I can only write for an hour or two in the evening. (My life also includes family members who need some of my time). Now, when I get a day off, or carve out time on the weekends, I often write for hours.
Who is your favorite character in this novel?
My protagonist, Thyra Winther, is my favorite character, although I love them all. But Thyra has the greatest growth arc and, since this book is told in first person, I was in her head throughout the book. I’ve grown rather attached to her!
What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre?
I have pending news about my completed Young Adult science fiction novel. (Book one in a trilogy). I will be announcing any news on my website, Twitter, and my other social media sites, so stay tuned!
Right now I’m working on YA novel that has a contemporary setting, with a paranormal twist. I’ve also outlined several other book ideas, so I don’t think I will run out of Works-in-Progress any time soon.
As for genre, I want to continue to write fantasy and science fiction, but would also like to explore other genres, particularly Magical Realism and perhaps try my hand at a YA Mystery or Thriller.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?
Don’t worry about publication. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked by what other people think. Don’t write anything you don’t believe in, or that doesn’t resonate with you on some level. Just tell the story your heart and mind want you to tell. The rest can come later.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
I think the most difficult thing for me has nothing to do with writing—it’s the necessary self-promotion and social media presence. While I do enjoy interacting with readers and other authors, it takes a lot of time to do so properly. That’s difficult when working full-time and also trying to write more books! But it is part of the writer’s life, and—except for the time crunch—I do enjoy promoting my stories, as well as other authors’, because I truly believe there can’t be too many books in the world. The more books, the better!
How can my readers find out more about you and your books?
They can check out (and follow, if they wish) my website/blog and other social media links.
My website/blog: http://vickilempweavil.com/
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiLWeavil
Author Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickiLempWeavil?ref=hl
I welcome reader comments or questions through these social media links.