Book tour interview Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 13, 2020



Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend

Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.

Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.

But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.


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  1. What inspired you to write Winter, White and Wicked?

In November of 2015, at the height of Frozen mania, my family visited Disneyland. We like going in the fall because Disney goes all out with their holiday decor, and this year there were extra Frozen flourishes. Elsa had enchanted everything.

After a very wintery week, we found ourselves heading home and surrounded by big rigs. My brain wandered to a commercial I'd seen on the History Channel about a show called Ice Road Truckers. The commercial featured a female truck driver who was clearly at the top of her game, and I wondered what it would be like to be a girl out there on the icy road.

And then the Frozen magic hit, and I wondered how that would be complicated if the snow and ice were enchanted. What if Winter was alive and angry? What if she had opinions about where you drove and what you hauled? How could she turn a dangerous trip downright impossible?

And so! A teeny tiny snowflake was planted in my heart. It took its time taking shape. Five years, actually, since that roadtrip home, where a storm hit my brain and a story was born.

  1. Describe your book with three words 

Frigid. Mythic. Adventure.

  1. What are your next plans? What should the readers expect from you? 

I wish I could talk details, but these things are always hush hush until they’re not. I can tell you this, I don’t believe Sylvi’s story is fully complete. There’s more adventure there to explore, but I’m also working on an unrelated fantasy, and hoping to be able to share more about next steps in the coming weeks.

  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why? 

Favorites are so hard! I lived in Sylvi’s head the longest, so she’s the easy answer here. But Mars was so much fun to write. His dialogue and motivations were easy to dig up, and there was very little he wouldn’t say. He had that swashbuckling charm that’s both fun on the page and in my head, so it’s hard to not call him a favorite as well.

About the Author:

Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.


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