Author Chat with Shea Ernshaw (Winterwood), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Meet Shea Ernshaw!
Shea Ernshaw is the author of The Wicked Deep and Winterwood. She works as a producer for a film production company and shares a home with her husband, a dog named Diesel, and two cats. She is happiest when lost in a good book, lost in the woods, or writing her next novel. You can connect with her online at SheaErnshaw.com.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance set deep in the magical snow-covered forest, where the appearance of a mysterious boy unearths secrets that awakens the enchanted, but angry, woods.
Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .
Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.
But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
When developing a new idea, I often start with setting and location. I knew I wanted to write a story set in a winter forest surrounding a frozen lake—similar to a real-life lake where I’ve spent many summers and a few dark, eerie winters as well. And once I had the place, my characters came to life within this cold, snowy landscape. I only had to be willing to follow them as they led me around their spooky world.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I am deeply in love with Oliver—the missing boy who Nora Walker discovers deep in the Wicker Woods. He’s a rather tragic character who has lost most of his memory, who can’t recall how he ended up in the forest, and although my heart broke while writing him, I also couldn’t wait for him to discover the truth about his past.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title, WINTERWOOD, actually came pretty early in the writing process. It was purely a description of the setting I was writing about: a dark WOOD in the middle of WINTER. I never thought the title would stick, but after my marvelous editor read it and loved it, we decided to keep it. And it truly is a perfect title for this story!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the historical chapters about the Walker women. I loved creating tiny stories within the greater story, and they each contain a small spell or recipe for conjuring some form of magic. They were so much fun to write and I could have written an entire book just about the history of the Walker women. I hope readers love them too!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Trust your instincts! I’ve found that your gut always knows when a scene or a sentence or a character isn’t quite right. But sometimes your own doubt causes you to ignore that little voice. Yet, without fail, those sticky spots within your story will come back to pester you if you don’t resolve them. So listen to your instincts! Your story will be better for it!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The creepy, spiny branches on the cover are so perfect! They hint at the danger inside the woods before you’ve even cracked the first page. I could not love this cover more!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
Like many readers, I’m anxiously awaiting THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern. It happens to be publishing on the same day WINTERWOOD is released, so I hope I’ll have time to read it among my own release day obligations!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a new secret book that I’m thoroughly obsessed with! It’s an adult book, but with many of the same themes as my other two YA books. It’s dark and mind-bending and I can’t wait to share more when I can.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The ending (which I won’t spoil!) was deeply emotional and heart-wrenching. But also, don’t fear, there is happiness in this ending as well. I’m making an honest effort not to kill off all my characters with every book I write. It’s a struggle, but I’m working on it. Ha!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Strangely, I love it all! Usually about the time I’m tired of plotting, I get to start drafting. And by the time I’m done drafting, I’m SO ready to begin revising. I love the creative process, and the journey I get to take when writing a book. Even though there are moments that feel tougher than others, I always try to remind myself that creating art doesn’t need to be painful, it can be silly and weird and wonderful. It’s about chasing your curiosity, and letting it lead you to strange, new places.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’ve always thought that if a super hero had the ability to give paper cuts to their enemies, they could defeat the villain in one quick swipe, because everyone hates paper cuts! There’s just something about them, the tiny little slice that stings worse than anything else. I think a lot of super hero battles could be ended swiftly with just a single sheet of paper.
But my super hero power is my ability to bake ridiculously delicious vegan, gluten free cupcakes. They’re dangerously good.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I love this question! I’m very passionate about animal welfare and rights. I support several animal sanctuaries that rescue abused and mistreated animals, and I would give them all my money if I could. These are a few smaller organizations that you can follow on Instagram to see the wonderful, compassionate work they do. And they are always looking for donations! @twistoffatefarmsanctuary @skydogsanctuary @boochaces
By: Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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The cover of this one is just as beautiful as The Wicked Deep. I can't wait to get my hands on this one and share with everyone!
Such a beautiful cover and compelling synopsis. This book has already been on my “want to read” list for a while!
you have done a great job I hope you will do much batter in the future Residential Locksmith.