Please Welcome Cathrina Constantine, extraordinary author of Snow on Cinders!
1. Where did you get the idea for Snow on Cinders?
It never occurred to me to write a sequel to Tallas. It was almost a year after the Tallas release that my fellow author Nana Prah insisted I write a sequel to tie up the loose ends. I got to thinking about her idea, and went for it. Hence, Snow on Cinders is born.
2. What's one of your favorite parts of Snow on Cinders? (If you can tell without spoilers.)
I truly love the Big Blue Bear, his name is Tibbles, and his bravery to shield the children and help the community. He's like a their furry savior. There's a scene where Tibbles must say good-bye to someone he loves very much, and it broke my heart to write it.
3. The cover looks amazing and magical. Do you use photos or images to help you with story ideas or for writing inspiration?
I wish I could say exactly where my inspiration comes from. Perhaps one day I'll figure it out. I'm a true pantser and I just hope ideas pop into my head. I love movies, and that's how I write, like I'm watching a movie. But sometimes it's hard to put into words what I'm imagining.
Hooray for pansters! (Tyrean's insert)
4. If you could sum up your main character's attributes in three words, what would those three words be?
Love ~ Family ~ Tenacity
5. If you could take your main character out for coffee, what do you think she would order? (and what would you order?)
Since they live in a post-apopalytic world, pastries and coffee are a prized gifts. So I'd imagine Keeyla would order everything and anything off the menu. And I have a terrible liking for Starbucks, white chocolate mocha.
SNOW ON CINDERS
How far would you go to protect your family?
A peculiar metamorphosis has taken shape since the final days. And the planet is in the throes of healing.
Fulvio McTullan leads his family and a band of misfits to form a new settlement, far from Tallas and it’s nefarious Elites. Their journey takes them into uncharted territories where strange creatures are lurking. It’s a battle of survival, not only from the creatures, but the mutated earth as well.
Meanwhile, Pomfrey Addler, an oppressive Elite squashes the insurrection in Tallas. Suddenly, citizens begin to vanish in the middle of the night and his daughter, Paniess is hell bent on revenge.
Fraught with mishaps, Fulvio finally locates the perfect place to settle. They begin to rebuild until they receive a call. A call which will lure them back into the clutches of Tallas.
I'm a little behind this month. And, since it's late Thursday night as I write this and I know I will be pressed for time on Friday, I'm going to make this short for now.
I have three short stories that I'm trying to wrap up in the next two days - I'm not sure I'll make the deadlines.
Champion's Destiny is still lurching to a finish point and release date, but I wish I had more time or less need for sleep.
I'm concerned about a particular novella I wrote for a small press series . . . and it's been delayed.
I went to a book far and made it mostly work for me, although I still had bouts of shyness that had me hiding behind my table.
I don't remember if I invited anyone anywhere, except to Realms Faire - coming next week!
I didn't bike at all this month, but I did walk about 30 miles, and I kayaked about 10K.
And, I went on an Alpha weekend and have continued to volunteer on Tuesday nights with Alpha - it's a Christian program for people with heavy questions about faith.
So, this isn't a complete rundown, but I'm continuing to make progress. I'm neck deep in teaching, tutoring, home-schooling, and just life, but I keep squeezing in some writing, too.
Have you read Snow on Cinders? Do you know Cathrina? And, do you have goals?