Where did the idea for Snow Like Ashes begin?
I wanted to write a book where "winter" was the "good guys" -- usually they're depicted as evil, so I wanted to flip that!
How do you go about creating Meira's world? Does world building take you a long time?
World building is my favorite aspect of writing, so it's the part I tend to spend the most time on. I have a list of questions to get me started (basic things, like country name, type of government, etc) and then add onto the world building through every stage of the story. It's an ever-evolving process!
What's your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser?
SUCH a planner! I plan for months before I start writing. From world building to characters to plot -- I have notes/outlines for EVERYTHING.
Frost Like Night comes out this December- what do you think readers should expect from the finale?
Tears, probably. I certainly cried.
What authors and books do you admire, and look to as inspirations?
Sharon Shinn, CS Pacat, and Seth Dickinson are some of my favorite adult fantasy writers. I just kind of stare at their books on my shelf and silently worship them.