The Bridges Trilogy, Book Two
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.
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.
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Please welcome Across the Bridge of Ice author Ruth Fox to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Across the Bridge of Ice?
I love the part where Keira is crossing the bridge of ice. That’s my favourite part of the book – it was so clear in my mind, even before I started to write it!
How long did it take you to write Across the Bridge of Ice?
The first draft took a few months, but the editing took much longer. While the first book in the series, The City of Silver Light, seemed to flow together easily and quickly, this one took much more work to get it right.
What is your typical day like?
Just like everyone else, I have a day job that is nowhere near as exciting or interesting as my ‘true job’ (which is, of course, writing!) Since it’s freelance, I get to work from home most of the time, which is brilliant. I have a studio set up in my house, containing my desk, art supplies and two rather large bookcases which I turn to when I’m in need of a pick-me-up. Generally I start work at 9am, break for lunch, then work until 5pm, working on illustrations and graphic elements, colourising and adapting images in preparation for use on websites.
However, every spare minute I have I spend writing. And when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing!
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Keep writing J I usually take a break from whatever I’m currently working on and start something new, or do some editing, or illustrations, or something like that. For me, writer’s block is only ever a temporary state of mind, and always passes fairly quickly, because I truly can’t imagine my life without writing!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
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 do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks are great for portability, and I love that they don’t take up so much space on a shelf! (When you have as many books as I do, this is a serious consideration!) But if I like a book, I will always buy the print version.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading! You guys are awesome, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for the exciting conclusion to The Bridges Trilogy!