1. Tell us something about your book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to?
COLD SUMMER is about a teen suffering from PTSD—due to repeatedly being pulled back in time to the front lines of WWII—must find a way to stop the pulls from happening with the help of the childhood friend he secretly loves before he dies on the battlefield. It’s a debut, Young Adult novel.
2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?
It’s a standalone right now, as are most of my books. They have potential to have sequels, but I love standalone books the most because I love being able to start and finish a story in one book. A lot of book series feel drawn out to me, almost forced, so when I do get a book idea, I figure out if it’s going to be a series or not from the start.
3. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?
I love to read, of course, master jigsaw puzzles, watch movies . . . I’m really quite a boring person, definitely a homebody, haha! But this fall, I’m actually in an adult softball league, so that’s been fun. My husband and I love to go to baseball games, but our favorite team is 16 hours away, so it doesn’t happen that too often.
4. Did anyone inspire you to start writing, if yes, who, or did you always knew you just had to write?
My sister actually told me to start writing. She was writing stories before I ever started, so one day she said, “You should try it!” And I haven’t stopped since.
5. Any advice/tips for newbies?
BE YOURSELF! I can’t stress this enough. Everyone compares their writing to someone else, but there is no comparing in the writing world in my opinion. Each writer/person is so unique, and you need to embrace yourself and your writing because those are your words, and yours alone.
6. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
This is a tricky question for me. Right now, I’m visiting some older manuscripts and editing them. In a way, they feel new because it’s been so long. But I also have a new book brewing in my head that I would like to start soon. I can’t say much, but it’s got pirates and deserts in it.
7. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)
Haha, yes! As my agent likes to point out, I use ‘that’ and ‘just’ way too enough. I think I’m starting to get a handle on it now, though.
8. When does your book release?
COLD SUMMER is set to release spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press.
9. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?
This is such a hard question, because it could change day to day. But if I could only eat one for the rest of my life, it would probably be Kit-Kats. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and wafers.
Gwen Cole writes Young Adult books and her debut novel, COLD SUMMER, will be released in the spring of 2017 with Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.
She grew up in upstate New York, moved to Virginia where she did not graduate college, and worked a varies number of jobs including pharmacy technician, meat clerk, ranch hand, and a receiving specialist at Target. She may or may not have written a number of books while working at certain jobs.
At the age of eighteen, Gwen played bass in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She can also play piano, guitar, and wishes she could play the cello. Her favorite place to vacation is Wyoming, where she gets to wear a cowboy hat and pretend she actually is one.
Gwen now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, where she longs to live in the country again.