What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote (book, not short story) was basically a fanfiction (I didn’t realize this at the time) of things like the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth series. There was every single high fantasy cliché you can imagine.

Which author do you most look up to?erin

I know saying JK Rowling is old hat, but I think I have to. She wove the most imaginative story, and captured an entire generation of readers. She basically unlocked the love of reading in many many young children, and I can’t imagine leaving a better legacy than that.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Basically what I’ve said above, starting a love of reading in people. And telling a killer story.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?

I connect to each one of my characters a little bit, you have to in order to write them. But I most identify with the ones who are unsure of their places in life, because that was me for so long.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy, always fantasy. And for me it’s YA fantasy, because the genre is so revolutionary. It’s the kind of genre and category that makes me compelled to buy a book because the “hook” behind so many of the books is so intriguing. Plus there’s something about that teen narration that keeps me turning pages.

But yeah, it’s always going to be fantasy. There’s got to be something magical about it.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Making myself sit down to do it when I know I’ve got about a dozen other things I should do.

 Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

Mostly just tea. Lots and lots of tea.

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

Anything by Neil Gaiman

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

No author wants to answer that, do they? It always sounds like bragging. But if I’ve got to say, I think probably voice (can I even say that, is that allowed?) It’s getting stronger with every new book, and as I find my space and narrative within each book.

frostWhat is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t compare yourself to others. It really is the best advice, but I’ve yet to learn how to follow it completely.

If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

Characters: The Mad Hatter (because tea party, duh), Lord Henry Wotton from Dorian Gray and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments (mostly because I think they’d have a verbal sparring match) Warren from Shatter Me, and Hermione from Harry Potter (I think she’d probably hex Warren, which would be delightful to watch).

Authors: Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Maggie Stiefvator and Maureen Johnson.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Getting to make up lies all day and being paid money for them.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

I don’t really have one aside from writer, but if I did, I expect it would be something else ridiculous, like mattress tester or chocolatier, or “pillow fight technician”. Okay, that last one I made up.

How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

It varies wildly. But the Frost books are so dang long that the proper answer is “simply ages”.

What is your favorite place to write?

At home in my library without any noises or distractions.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I hoop dance. Which is a bit like simple hula hooping, but with a lot more tossing and flailing and throwing things about.

Blog Tour: Frost, by E. Latimer

Blog Tour: Frost, by E. LatimerFrost by E. Latimer
Published by Patchwork Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 453
Format: Paperback, ebook
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Synopsis:

Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.

When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ragnarök, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.

Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.

Today is the big day! It’s officially release day for E. Latimer’s debut novel, Frost. We are so excited to finally see this book out in the world, especially after all of the hard work Erin put into it.

For original fans of Frost (which was originally uploaded on Wattpad), you’ll see some of your favorite characters and moments in an entirely new light, and we hope you’re excited to join us on this crazy adventure! Make sure to add Frost to your “to read” on GoodReads. Purchase your copy of Frost from:

And, while you’re at it, enter the #FrostLaunch giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy, ebook copy, Amazon gift card, or a swag goodie bag! HOW AWESOME IS THAT FOR A GIVEAWAY? (We have our eyes on those goodies in the swag bag!)

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About E. Latimer

 

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Erin Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer who currently resides in Vancouver, BC. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing with the YA Word nerds, and reads excessively. She has had an article featured in Chicken Soup For the Soul, and another in the Dear Teen Me online anthology. But mostly she writes about murderous queens and the magical teens who fight them. WebsiteTwitterGoodreads

Release Day: Polaris AwakeningPolaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, Meghan Jashinsky
Series: Polaris #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Anthology, LGBT, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 505
Formats: Paperback, ebook
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Synopsis:

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.

DANGER DETECTED.

THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

FINALLY! The release day for Polaris Awakening, the newest anthology from Patchwork Press, is today! The authors of Patchwork Press (Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky) have come together to compile this YA science fiction anthology, and we’ve been so excited to share it with everyone.

If you saw the announcement of the anthology, you know that each story in the book is based off of the mythology of constellation. The anthology was a lot of fun — and hard work — to write, and we hope it will be just as exciting of a read: there’s action, there’s romance, there’s rebellion, and all of the characters and stories are so unique while still existing in the same world. It’s cohesive, creative freedom at its best!

You can order the anthology right now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It will be available as both an ebook and a paperback. Add Polaris Awakening on GoodReads, and let us know in the comments which constellation is your favorite!