Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Interview and Giveaway: Across the Bridge of Ice by Ruth Fox
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hi! My name is Ruth Fox. I’m the author of ‘The City of Silver Light’ and ‘Across the Bridge of Ice’. I write mainly fantasy, and I love to write for younger readers. At the moment I’m also working on a comic books series.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
‘Across the Bridge of Ice’ is the second book in The Bridges Trilogy. It centres on a feisty heroine, Keira Leichman, who spent the night lost in a wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights.
Keira has been having strange dreams since the accident, and now she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds a mysterious old telescope, which calls her to the City of Silver Light.
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Most definitely! Sometimes I combine people’s qualities, sometimes I give a character a particular way of speaking that is one used by a friend or relative – or even just someone I’ve overheard talking in a café or down the street!
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am terrified of centipedes. Seriously, I hate them. They’re scary!
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I love to cook. If I didn’t write, I would be a cook. I love creating delicious meals and (most of all) desserts.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I haven’t written a contemporary romance book yet, but I would love to write one!
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
This is the second book in a trilogy. The third book is on its way! I don’t want to reveal too much, but it will focus on a different character who has only had a very small part to play in the story up until now. He’s about to discover the world of Shar, and help save Earth from certain destruction!
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I’ve got a few projects on the go! Currently I’m working with my husband on a comic book series, ‘Outbreak’. You can read it for free here: http://www.sinars-studios.com/outbreak.php
You can stay up-to-date with my various projects on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuthFoxAuthorandArtist
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading ‘The Diamond of Darkhold’, the last book in the Book of Ember series. Just like the others in the series, it’s a brilliant book!
Across the Bridge of Ice
The Bridges Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Hague Publishing
Date of Publication: 31 January 2015
Number of pages: 175 pages
Word Count: 55,000
Cover Artist: Ruth Fox
In 'The City of Silver Light', Keira Leichman spent the night lost in a wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she's been having strange dreams since the accident, and now she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds Jake's telescope, and is drawn across the Bridge of Ice to Shar.
Now Keira is marooned in the City of Silver Light with Daniel, Jake’s younger brother, with no way to get home. But that is the least of their worries, for the secrets they discover in Shar are more dangerous than Kiera could ever have imagined. And the fate of both their worlds are in their hands.
Excerpt 3 – Chapter 6 (460 words)
THE strange dreams come again, full of sharp white ice. It slices my skin whenever I move. Those voices, a woman’s and a man’s, echo in my ears.
‘... will be sentenced to time in the cell beneath the Chambers. It’s the only solution.’
‘I don’t like the idea ...’
‘But she’s broken the Edict! She needs to be punished.’
‘We can’t use the –.’
I don’t understand what they’re talking about.
I wake up a zombie. Mum has the day off and she makes me breakfast. It’s a rare treat, usually I’m left to fend for myself. It’s hardly gourmet food, just toast and vegemite, but it doesn’t taste quite right.
I push my plate away. It’s hard to care about food right now. All I can think about is the telescope and what happened last night with Molly. The telescope must have some kind of strange power.
But then … what happened with Baz? I touched his hand before Jake dropped the telescope. And those weird dreams have been happening for ages, ever since I hurt my ankle.
There must be something I’m missing. The best thing to do, the only thing to do, would be to ask Jake. But I can’t. He’d know I took his telescope if I did that. So once Mum leaves for work, I hobble back to my room feeling as if the telescope is calling to me.
I pick it up and run my fingers over its surface. I examine the imperfect circles of glass in both ends. I put my eye to it and aim it at the walls. I run it over the ceiling. I peer at my desk and the bits of lint on the carpet. I turn to the window.
And I gasp.
I’m looking at the sky above the hedge between our neighbour’s house and ours, and I’m seeing something that’s impossible. There are buildings and towers stretching up like the delicate pale fingers of angels, linked by a cobweb of bridges as fine as lace. I can’t believe it. It’s an entire city hanging in the sky.
I lower the telescope and blink my eyesrapidly.
Nope. It’s definitely gone but … I know it’s still there. And, somehow, it seems perfectly natural for it to be there.
Something inside me tingles. The sensation runs down through my injured leg and pools in my ankle, prickling the skin.
There’s something else ... the buildings … I’ve seen them up-close. I’ve stood beneath them, climbed their stairs, walked through their cavernous rooms. It’s almost like … I can remember what it’s like to be there.
In the city.
The white light from my dreams, it’s not white at all. It’s silver.
About the Author:
Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing in 2006. Her other published works include “Monster-boy: The Lair of the Grelgoroth”, Book 1 of the Monster-boy Series, and “Sand Dog”, an illustrated picture book for younger readers. Both are available from Amazon.com.
Ruth has been an avid reader her entire life and, inspired by the books that engrossed her as she was growing up, she aims to create stories that can draw readers in and enthral them for days or weeks. She writes every day and lives in Ballarat, Victoria, with her partner, her cat, and an ever-expanding library of books.