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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis (Interview)

Gathering Frost
Kaitlyn Davis

Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?

Once Upon A Time meets La Femme Nikita in GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care...even to love. Working as a member of the queen's guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen's runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission--to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she'll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen's realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher's relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she's ever known--and, more importantly, whose side she's really on.

Good morning everyone!  Hope you are all staying warm today!!  To start the week I have an interview I had with author Kaitlyn Davis for her newest release, Gathering Frost!  I hope you enjoy it!!

Hi Kaitlyn!  Congratulations on your new release, Gathering Frost!

Thank you! And thanks for having me on Fictional Candy!

So if you had to tell someone about Gathering Frost in less than a minute, what would you say?

Ooh, this is always tough! Here goes… Gathering Frost is a dystopian reimagining of Sleeping Beauty—only this time, beauty is a ruthless soldier and the prince isn't her dance partner…he's her target! But will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart and make this unfeeling beauty learn to love? You have to read it to find out!

This book is part dystopian, and part inspired by Sleeping Beauty.  How in the world do you even begin to build this world?

As always, my imagination ran away with me! I first got this crazy idea for a fairy tale apocalypse where different fairy tale characters took over our world. And the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I became. The world I first imagined morphed into this creation that was half fairy tale and half real—two parallel universes have smashed together leaving a patchwork landscape behind. I decided to set Gathering Frost in New York City, and I love the way both worlds in this story intermix in New York. There are towering abandoned skyscrapers paired with an old-European style village—a very cool mash up! And with each new book in the series, the world will be teased more and more!

For Gathering Frost, did you first imagine the story and work Sleeping Beauty into it, or did you start out trying to retell Sleeping Beauty?

As the world became more and more clear to me, one character kept invading my thoughts—Jade, my main character! She's a soldier and a fighter, not your average hero. And this single phrase just popped into my thoughts, a line I included in the first chapter: "And I'm not. I'm not the good guy. I'm the one who puts the good guys in their graves." And I loved it! I started wondering how Jade would have become this way and what her back story was, and that's when the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty came to me. Only in my tale, she's not in a coma, her heart is the thing that's asleep, frozen over. And she's just waiting for the prince to make it beat again.

This is the first book in the Once Upon A Curse series.  Can you give us any clues on what else is to come?

Of course! I'm already working on the second book in the series, Withering Rose, which is a retelling of Beauty & The Beast—only this time, Beauty is cursed and the beast is the only one who can save her! Beauty has magical powers and she's not being trapped by the beast, she's taking refuge with him. I don't like to just rehash the same old story, so each book will take an original fairy tale and flip it around somehow!

Do you have a favorite character from any of your books?

Oh gosh, so difficult! I'm partial to all of my leading ladies—Kira from Midnight Fire, Jinji from A Dance of Dragons, and now Jade from Once Upon A Curse! But I don't think I could choose between them. Each is strong yet vulnerable in a different way.

If you had to pick the world from one of your series to live in, which world would you choose?

Well, I'm a sucker for movies and television shows so I think I would have to go with the one world where all of my modern amenities are working without problem—and that's Midnight Fire! I'd totally want to be a conduit like my main character Kira so I could channel the sun to fight any vampires that came my way. But I'm not sure I could live without my computer, my kindle, and my freezer (and all the ice cream it contains!).

Are you working on any upcoming projects that you can share with us?

Lots…too many! I'm working on the third book in my A Dance of Dragons series, The Phoenix Born, as well as the accompanying novellas. I'm just getting started with an outline for Withering Rose. And I'm editing a new novel that I might publish under a pen name—it's a chick lit contemporary romance called Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! The first book I've ever written without magic of any kind!

So, Kaitlyn – what’s the best part of being an author?

Is sitting around all day in my pajamas a valid answer? Just kidding! My favorite part is being able to share all of these crazy stories in my head with the world. I love transforming my ideas into novels that I can share with readers, and more than anything, I love hearing from my fans! It's the most amazing thing in the world when someone loves my characters just as much as I do!

Do you have a favorite social media outlet, and why is it your favorite?

Hm… my favorite for sharing things with my fans is Facebook! I really think you can't beat the messaging and commenting capability of Facebook. I get to talk directly to my readers, which is so cool! But in terms of using, I'm addicted to Tumblr!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Thank you for having me!

Kaitlyn Davis is the bestselling author of the Midnight Fire series, a young adult paranormal romance, and the A Dance of Dragons series, a young adult epic fantasy.

Kaitlyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a puppy of her own.

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