INTERVIEW WITH GWEN COLE, AUTHOR OF COLD SUMMER

Can you tell us a little about your book? Is it your debut novel? 
COLD SUMMER is a debut novel, set to release spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press. 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.
Are you a plotter or a free writer?
I’m most definitely a free writer. When I get a book idea, I let it float around in my head a month or two, sometimes longer, figuring out who the characters are and the main plot points. Then I just write it, filling in the stuff between as I go along. It’s that unknown aspect that keeps me writing until the end, and if I plot everything out, that’s taken away and I would never finish.
Is your book part of a series or a standalone?
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.
Do you require silence when writing or do you listen to music?
 When writing the first draft, I can do it anywhere, listening to anything. I wrote one of my books in the evenings while my husband played Halo or watching baseball. But when I’m editing, I usually need silence. If I decide to put on my headphones, I usually only listen to instrumental music because I need to focus.
Are you writing your next book? Can you share a little 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.
How long were you writing before getting a publishing contract?
I started writing when I was 20, so that make it seven years and six finished books later. Lesson here: Never give up!
When does your book release? 
Spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press!
BIO: headshotgc
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.
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