Monday 8 October 2018

Blog Tour: A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

I can't believe it has already been a year since Lisa's debut A Shiver of Snow and Sky came out. It has been one of those books that has really stayed with me. There are still so many scenes I can bring to mind with a vivid clarity, so now that A Storm of Ice and Stars is out, I cannot wait to get back into Lisa's writing. As part of my blog tour stop today I am sharing ten writing related things about Lisa Lueddecke.

Ten Writing-Related Things About Lisa Lueddecke

1. A Shiver of Snow and Sky was not the first book I wrote. I think it was the fifth, but I always forget until I go back and look. And lest anyone should get excited, no, they were not good books. I learned a lot from writing them, and pieces may or may not show up in other books that I write, but they are not books that I would want to publish. I’m glad I wrote them, though. I needed to, in order to become a better writer.

2. I do a lot of my writing by hand. Ever since I was young, the thrill and the possibilities of seeing a blank notebook page has filled me with the burning desire to write. So, more often than not, I’ll spend a few hours writing by hand, and then once I feel burned out, I’ll type it into the computer and be ready to start again the next day. I also find this useful at times when I forgot to charge my laptop, or I left it at home, etc.

3. I count research as writing time. For me, writing fantasy takes a lot of effort, from building the world, to coming up with names that fit within that world. Whether I’m making a list of names or words to use, or trying to figure out what food my characters would eat, I count all of that towards my daily writing time, as it all helps to push the story along.

4. While I don’t usually write in public places, at least not very well, one of my favorite scenes in A Storm of Ice and Stars was written while having Sunday lunch in a British pub. My husband and I both had some work to do, so we went down there for a drink and ended up being so productive that we stayed for lunch. (If you’re curious, the scene is in chapter 17.)

5. While editing A Storm of Ice and Stars during cold months, I bought a fake fireplace just for the vibes. It probably sounds ridiculous, but with the lights off, the fireplace on, gentle music playing, and candles lit, it was one of the most inspiring settings that I’ve ever worked in.

6. Most of the words in my first and second book were written very early in the morning, around dawn. It’s my best time to write, and it’s when I always love my writing the most. (And, at least for me, it’s hard to love your writing.)

7. I got a lot of inspiration for the second book while on a rail and ferry trip around Scandinavia with my husband. In particular, our journey around Norway’s Lofoten Islands really stuck with me, and the landscape was so stunning that I couldn’t help taking notes in my notebook to write about when I got home.

8. The first “book” I remember writing was when I was seven or eight years old. It was about a mouse, I think, and I glued a bunch of pages together and then made Mom put it on a shelf with other books. I then set up a fake library so that people could check it out, although I didn’t exactly have a waitlist.

9. So far, my first drafts have always been very short. I feel desperate to get all of my ideas out, and to get to the scenes that I’m the most excited to write, that I tend to hurry through my first drafts. More details and development comes in later.

10. When I’m not working on a deadline or writing something specific, I like to write in different genres. I write poetry, science fiction, sometimes contemporary, and I have some children’s book ideas floating around, but fantasy is my one true love.

A STORM OF ICE AND STARS by Lisa Lueddecke out now in paperback



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