Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer Blog Tour (Q&A)

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Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer
Series:
 Spindle Fire #2
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retelling

Publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
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A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.

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Huge thanks to Lexa for participating and for being on the blog!

Give us an elevator pitch for WINTER GLASS.

Aurora’s sister Isbe becomes an unwitting Cinderella figure as she attempts both to represent the interests of the peasant class and find her place as a leader in the war against the evil faerie queen Malfleur. Turns out it’s not as easy as simply winning a prince’s heart!

What’s one thing that you wish you had known about publishing?

I work in publishing so I kind of already knew what to expect – I think the hardest part is how vulnerable it feels to have your work out there in the world. There’s simply SO MUCH great literature out there, and so many talented authors, how do you find your own readers and also stay true to what you have to say?

What’s the weirdest thing you researched while writing this book?

Medieval glassmaking.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be an author/start writing?

Write for the joy of it; don’t succumb to all the pressures of people saying you have to know what your message is or you have to write a certain way or that it has to be publishable. Just do you, and the rest will follow over time.

What’s one book you would have no trouble rereading for the rest of your life?

Anna Karenina

How did you name your characters? Are they based on people you know in real life?

Aside from Aurora, whose name was given to her already J, most of the names kind of just materialized (or came from French words, since the world is inspired by medieval france). I really loved how Isbe’s name is a mash-up of the present tense of to be, and William (Will) is the future tense of the same. Gilbert was probably inspired by Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables though I didn’t realize that at first!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lexa Hillyer is the author of the young adult novels Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, as well as the poetry collection, Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books), the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry, and a recipient of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in Best New Poets 2012, and she has received various other prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before founding the production company Glasstown Entertainment along with bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their daughter, and a very skinny orange tree.

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alice name.pngAlice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.

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Are you planning to read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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