I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Alicia Rades to Layered Pages to talk with me about her book, Fire in Frost. By day, Alicia is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. When inspiration strikes, she is also an author. Alicia has been captivated by the YA paranormal and supernatural genre since reading The Seer series by Linda Joy Singleton when she was 12 years old, and most of her stories are born out of the love for the genre. In college, Alicia majored in professional writing. Alicia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and too many fish to count.
Alicia, please tell me a little about your book, Fire in Frost.
Fire in Frost is a young adult paranormal story. It follows Crystal Frost, who learns that she’s psychic and is faced with helping people thanks to her new abilities. I originally wrote the story for NaNoWriMo 2013, but it took over a year to rewrite it and get it to where I wanted it to be. It is my first full-length novel, and I have several other stories in progress for this series.
What was the inspiration for your story?
Fire in Frost was born out of my love for young adult paranormal stories. I love stories involving psychics and ghosts, so when I decided to take a stab at NaNoWriMo, I knew that was the type of story I wanted to write. The rest of it kind of evolved with that idea.
How does Crystal cope when she discovers her psychic ability?
At first, Crystal thinks that she’s going crazy. Then she witnesses her mom and her friends conducting a séance and starts to wonder if it might be real. When she confronts her mom about what she saw, she finally accepts her abilities as truth, but it’s really with the support of her family and friends that she’s able to cope with them.
What is Justine Hanson’s role in the story?
Justine is one of the most popular girls at school. When she overhears Crystal telling her best friend Emma about her abilities, she demands that Crystal help her—or she’ll tell the whole school that Crystal is a witch.
Will you please share an excerpt?
“Crystal.” Emma’s voice seemed far off, a distant hum in my confusion.
The faintness I felt just moments ago returned. My heart pounded in my ears, and for a second my knees felt unstable. I gripped the edge of the fundraising table for support.
Emma snapped her fingers in front of my face. “Crystal,” she said again as her voice came back into focus.
I was suddenly whipped back into reality, dazed. “Wh—what?”
“Are you okay?” Emma asked with a tone of serious concern. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
I let the statement sink in for a moment. “Yeah,” I said. But I wasn’t answering her initial question. I was agreeing with her latter statement.
Where can readers buy your book?
Fire in Frost is available in digital and print from major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
The title came about as a collaboration with a friend. Nothing really “clicked,” so she suggested an exercise of writing down words or themes that represented the book. One of her suggestions was “Flame in Frost,” since Frost is the main character. I preferred “Fire in Frost,” and that’s when I knew I had something.
Who designed your book cover?
Clarissa Yeo of Yocla Designs
When you’re stuck on a scene in your story, what do you do?
I generally wait it out. I’ll go do something else while I wait for inspiration to come. If it doesn’t, I’ll explore alternative story lines until something “clicks.”
Do you stick with just genre?
Generally, I write just paranormal, but I am open to other genres. I have a romance and a sci-fi on Wattpad.
Where in your home do you like to write and what is your process?
There are two places I generally write: at my desk or on the couch, but you’ll generally find me in my office.
I imagine my writing process is much like anyone else’s. I search for inspiration and write an outline, then I get to work on the first draft. For me, it’s easier to write the thing in one go, although that can take a couple of weeks to put down so many words!
Then, I revise, revise, revise, get feedback, revise some more, repeat.
Is there a particular hobby you enjoy when you’re not writing?
You mean there are other hobbies besides writing? *smile* Of course reading is up there on the top of the list. I also take short backpacking trips in the summer, but of course much of my time hiking is spent brainstorming new story ideas!
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We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Alicia Rades who is the author of, Fire in Frost, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Fire in Frost, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.