The Wolves of Winter | Blog Tour

I’m super excited to share with you guys my most recent discovery 😀 Also at the end of my review, there will be a Q&A with the author and  you all know how rare those are on my blog 😉 Stay tuned because I love his answers !

Btw, it’s been 2 weeks that Montreal had -30 degrees celsius so this book was pretty much a reminder of the cold HAHA

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What a chilling novel! I’m not talking about the winter atmosphere and setting of it but the sensation if leaves me when I finish reading it. It is haunting and eerie. 

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Lynn, a 23 year old girl, living and surviving in the Yukon wild forest, is a fantastic character. She got skills, wits and she can outsmart anyone. She has one of the best  replies to be honest. Her I-don’t-give-a fck and sass attitude reminds me a lot of… me. I love it when I can relate to the main character (we also happen to live in Canada, have the same age and share the same nickname LOL my French name is Pauline and my nickname is pronounced Lynn, found that pretty funny). 

What starts as a group of people living in the wild turns out to be one of the most interesting post-apocalyptic premise. With similarities to The Girl with All The Gifts and The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s a story of loss, a pandemic and witty humour. The author’s prose was perfect for me. It is beautiful, elegant at times but it can also be raw, fun and light to read. The perfect blend! 

The pace starts out slowly but it picks up QUICKLY and even gives out a scifi vibe to the novel. I have to also warn people about the first pages, there’s a  sensitive scene, so be prepared. 

 

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  1. The Wolves of Winter is set in the Canadian wild, how did you get the inspiration to explore this side of the world? 

Well, I knew I wanted somewhere north that would naturally get a lot of snow. I also wanted the characters to not only experience the fall of mankind, I wanted them to be utterly displaced. To that end, I planted them where they wouldn’t be anywhere near civilization for miles and miles: the northern end of the Yukon.

  1. It’s kind of hard to fit the book in one genre (a blend of mystery and science fiction), did you always plan for the plot to go into a cross-genre? What was the process behind it? 

I realized a while ago that books that blend genres tend to be my favorite (Trang: SAMEEE). I watched a conversation with Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell once where they talked about blending genres being like blending different colors of paint to create a work of art (Trang: OKAY DAMN That’s a nice image). I like to think of it like that. Fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, mystery—why not all of the above? So, yes, I knew I wanted to play with genre from the beginning, how that was accomplished specifically came out, to some extent, as I went.

  1. What was the hardest scene to write? 

Any scene with romantic elements was difficult for me. So often these moments can be overdone or cliché. To me, subtlety is the best. My editors really had to push me to bolster a few of these scenes. Hopefully we found a middle ground that works well.

  1. What’s the most difficult thing about writing the main character from the opposite sex?

I was lucky enough to have both a female and male editor working with me on the novel. They were invaluable in providing both perspectives on Lynn’s thoughts/tone of voice. As I mentioned before, probably the most difficult part of this was anything involving romance.

  1. As a book blogger, I have to ask ahah : Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

Ha! I do, to some extent, though I’m trying to phase that out because it tends to be stressful. You can get twenty good reviews in a day and one bad review, and inevitably it’ll be that one bad review that sticks with you. I’ve had author friends tell me it’s best to have a trusted friend read your reviews and pass off the good ones. I really should start doing that.

  1. A lot of our readers are aspiring writers themselves. What are the things you wish you knew before publishing your book? 

Before you obsess over getting published, be obsessed with getting better as a writer. It’s hard to see at first, but the two go hand in hand.

 

  1. Now that 2017 is ending, what was your favourite book of 2017 and what is your most anticipated read for 2018? 

I’m going to cheat and pick two. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Trang: LOVE LOVE this book too!) and Beartown by Fredrik Backman. And as far as books I’m looking forward to, I’ve been so self-absorbed that I wasn’t aware any books other than Wolves was coming out in 2018. (Trang: LOL) 

Just kidding (mostly). Here’s a few books on my to-read pile:

How to Stop Time

The Immortalists

The Philosopher’s Flight

  1. I also love sharing some bookish facts about the authors with the readers! Feel free to share some fun bookish facts about you 🙂 

I try to always be reading a novel, listening to a novel, and reading a book about writing (you can always get better at something you love to do!). Right now I’m reading Life After Life, because I keep hearing great things about Kate Atkinson; I’m also reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and listening to The Name of The Wind for the hundredth time (Trang: BEST BOOK EVER) .

A big thank you to the author for answering these questions, and honestly after reading them, I think I’d love to hangout with him haha 😀

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and feel free to visit the other blogger’s stops announced in the picture below ❤ \

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Rayna says:

    This is awesome! One of my favourite reads from last year – so cool to read this interview!!

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  2. This is a wonderful review. It sounds pretty good! I love the cover! Glad you enjoyed it, Trang!

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  3. todaysechoes says:

    Great review! I also really enjoyed this one.

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  4. @lynnsbooks says:

    This is my current read so it’s great to see all the positivity that seems to be going around for this book.
    Happy New Year – hope your 2018 is wonderful.
    Lynn 😀

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  5. Rebecca says:

    I’m a little south of you and we’ve had a bitter cold snap as well, but not as bad as you. It’s been -15 here (with the wind chill) and that’s cold enough for me! A blizzard is hitting tonight – oh the joy. I’ve seen this book a couple of times now recently and I’m very intrigued. Great interview! I love her responses!

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  6. raistlin0903 says:

    Awesome post, for a book that I just have to add to my to read list. I love great postapocalyptic stories, and reading this has definitely awakened my interest for this one, that’s for sure 😊 And Lynn sounds like a terrific and utterly amazing character. Thanks for sharing this one 😀

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  7. Wonderful review and interview! This sounds like my cup of tea for sure. I am adding it now. Thanks Trang 💗👍

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  8. I love this review and Q&A, Trang! Adding this to my wishlist 😉

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  9. Bookstooge says:

    I’d like to say that I’m sending warm thoughts your way, but the average temp here hasn’t been that much warmer [-18], so I really can’t.
    But you’re not a dead corpsicle, so something must be ok, right? 🙂

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  10. Ashley Rae says:

    Great review, and awesome interview!

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  11. I hadn’t heard of this, but it’s definitely going on my tbr now. Um, I may wait to read it until the weather turns warmer though.😏

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  12. Aimee says:

    I’ve never heard of this one before but it looks so good! And I totally agree with the author–romance scenes have to be super tough to write, since readers can be easily thrown off by how those are written.

    Lovely interview, dear!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  13. Great review for this book Trang. 🙂 ❤ The Wolves of Winter sounds really interesting and I'm definitely tempted to check it out myself. I haven't read either The Girl with All the Gifts or The Handmaiden's Tale but I love the sound of Lynn just from what you've written about her character. 😀

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  14. Great review and interview, Trang! This one sounds really good! Thank you for sharing it! Adding it to my tbr! 🙂

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  15. Oh this was one me list and now I am more excited to read it! Arrrr!
    x The Captain

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  16. This was totally AWESOME!!!💙💛💚💖 Fantastic Review and interview! I love the sound of Lynn and this book sounfs terrific! I also just love your images and love the pic with the book in the snow! You are so talented beautiful lady! I want to read this book even more getting to know the author a bit. Thanks for sharing Trang!💙💛💚💖

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  17. That’s a great interview with the author!

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  18. Lovvvee this new Q&A post thingy!😍😍😍😍

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  19. Love the premise for this and will definitely keep in mind for later. Also, awesome Q&A!
    It’s always nice to get into an author’s head and figure out their writing process. It’s interesting how he mentions the romance scenes being the hardest and how he likes subtlety… I was like, “dude, same!!!” hahaha
    Great post, Trang 🙂 ❤

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  20. I feel you about the cold we had a cold snap right around Christmas that was in the -30’s, it warmed up nicely and now the forecast say we are headed back to those temperature:( Anyways, I really liked the q&a, interesting conversation 🙂

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