Author: M.P. Kozlowsky
Pub. Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Cinder meets The Walking Dead in a chilling futuristic fairy tale that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and what it means to be human.
Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she's spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.
She understands why she's never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it's not her real father giving the orders . . .
It's his memories.
Before he died, Frost's father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.
With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she's ever set eyes on. But can a girl who's only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?
Today we welcome M.P. for an interview!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I always wanted to be a writer, but I never believed it was possible. I thought it was like becoming a sports star or actor or rock star. That is why I became a teacher first. However, after my father died I quit teaching and decided to try to pursue my dream. It took years, and I almost didn’t make it — I’m still not completely sure I have — but, regardless, here I am.
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
Because I have two little girls under the age of 6, the process has become longer and longer. However, if I’m at the top of my game, I still think I may be able to finish one within 6 months. If not, definitely within a year.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I have an entire notebook of future books and stories. Whenever inspiration hits, it must be jotted down or noted somewhere.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I must. I am a very structured person. If I don’t, the writing will never get done.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
You trim the fat. Get rid of whatever isn’t important. I can’t tell you how many movies I used to go to a year - probably more movies than there are weeks. I see less than ten now. My life is my wife, my kids, and my writing. That’s pretty much it. That’s all that’s necessary.
What elements do you think make a great story line?
Tension. Tension. Tension.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
The hardest thing is to actually sit in front of the computer. If you can do that for a few hours a day, you are more than halfway there.
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
JUNIPER BERRY, THE DYERVILLE TALES, and now FROST, have all been published. How many have I written? At least 10, and the most recent one is always the favorite.
Do you have a favorite character?
A tie between Frost and Juniper. They both were inspired by, and written for, my daughters and they each have been titled after my girls’ middle names.10. Where do you write?
At my desk in my office. Always and only.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I got myself a great agent (Victoria Marini), and she did the rest.
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
When you give your books to family to read, tell them to enjoy it. Asking for critiques and feedback may lead to some issues. There are probably better options.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
Family. Read. Movies.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Nothing is more important than discipline and ambition. Want it more than you want anything else.
What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
My favorite book is UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo, who happens to also be my favorite author. I am inspired by him, yes, but I am also inspired by everything I read.
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I am very private during my writing process. I only talk to my wife about it.
Are you working on anything now?
Tell us 5 things that make you smile
My wife, my two daughters, seeing my books in stores and talked about online… Hmm, this is tough. I’m a very melancholy person.
Tell us 5 things that make you sad
We’ll be here all day.
If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
Thanks so much for stopping by today, it was great having you with us!About M.P.:
M.P. Kozlowsky lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of Juniper Berry and The Dyerville Tales, books for readers of all ages.
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