Ebook Giveaway & Author Interview: After the Snow Falls by Carey Jane Clark

Welcome to Author Carey Jane Clark

Carey Jane Clark writes to inspire courage, hope and conviction. The writing bug afflicted her early in life. The first two stories she recalls writing were about kidnapped insects and dancing pumpkins. (It has been a few years since those stories were penned.) After the Snow Falls is her first novel.
She shares the adventure of her life with her husband and three children, whom she homeschools. She and her family are expatriates living in China.

Blog: www.careyjaneclark.com/encouragement
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareyJaneClark
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AfterTheSnowFalls
Book site: www.afterthesnowfalls.com

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. There are experiences in my life I would like to relive, but I don’t like to spoil surprises. I never jump to the end of a book.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to never sleep. My husband would tell you I do that now, but eventually I pay for it. I’d like the power without the price tag.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m just getting to know the characters for my next book. I think I like them, but they have some scarier edges. They’re a bit more fringe personalities than Celia or Alfie, so I’m still exploring who they are.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. I think my first inspiration was Anne of Green Gables. I related to a lot of who she was as well as her affection for words and drama, and I wanted to be a writer just like her. I think she was a pretty appropriate role model for me as a child, since I’m Canadian too.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
What a great question. I think I’d definitely pick a children’s book, something I’ve read to my kids. When I was a child I used to think the tree house The Swiss Family Robinson lived in was pretty cool. My kids and I love Nim’s Island, probably for the same reason.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I was never content with just one thing. I guess I’m still that way. A mom, a teacher and a writer. And I’m all three, so I’m very blessed.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Leif Enger, Khaled Hosseini, Sue Monk Kidd for The Secret Life of Bees, not her other works as much. You said of all time, so I definitely would have to go back to Anne of Green Gables and include Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read ALL the Anne books when I was a young girl. And Elizabeth Enright. I read her as a child and have really enjoyed reading her books to my children as well.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Celia tends toward the controlling. I can see that in myself. I think she also has parts of her that she keeps locked away from others, a fear of intimacy. I’m aware of that in myself at times.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I hugged my kids and kissed my husband.

Print or Ebook?
Great question. I read mostly ebooks because when we’re living abroad, we find it difficult to buy print books (in English, anyway). I’ve come to really love my eReader. But when it came to publishing, I was old-fashioned. I’d always pictured holding my own book in my hands, smelling the pages and seeing it nestled in among other books on a bookstore shelf. When Trestle Press showed interest in After the Snow Falls, I had to get over my hypocrisy.

Shoes or Sandals?

Cats or Dog?
Ferrets. Am I being difficult?

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up in bed reading a book, but it never happens.

After the Snow Falls

In the middle of a soccer drill, in an awful, awkward moment, Celia Bennett’s eight-year-old son Caleb lands on his face and chest in the grass. The diagnosis blindsides her, bringing her face-to-face with every parent’s worst nightmare.

Desperate to save her son’s life, Celia pursues a cure through alternative medicine, but her quest ends in frustration and disappointment. Facing despair, hope walks in on the most unlikely set of legs, when her father returns after a 30-year absence. Can she release pain to embrace hope? Will it make a difference, or is it too late?

Giveaway Details
1 Ebook Copy of After the Snow Falls
Open Internationally
Ends 2/2/12

WINNER: Jennifer Milakovic