Happy Hump Day! Today it's Meredith Russell's turn in the Hump Day Hot Seat…
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes. Regardless of the saying, seeing anything, for most people, brings about first impressions and can capture your interest. I’ve been that person who has bought a book because I love the cover. It’ll be what catches my attention first. The genre and blurb will of course sway my final decision, but I do love a series of pretty books on my bookcase.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
A bit of both. It depends on the story and how that story came about. When I get ideas for characters and certain situations and scenes, I’ll often make a start and see where they go for a while. I’ll eventually make notes when I’m sure how I want things to end and to help organise the plot points that I’ve come up with.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
I find endings hard to write, both for chapters and the overall story. It’s trying to find that right line that ends a scene or the book. I often find I keep writing beyond where I thought I’d be going as I haven’t found what I’d consider the best way to round things up, something definite sounding.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m currently reading The Philosopher’s Stone. I decided to start the Harry Potter series from the beginning as I’ve only ever read from The Goblet of Fire onwards. I’d seen the first three movies and was too impatient to wait for the next so borrowed the book from a friend. After that I bought them myself, including the first ones, and had yet to actually go back and read those three.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
It was something for my poor husband. It was his birthday recently and I had misplaced a random ‘jokey’ gift. I found it the other day so gave it to him on the anniversary of when we met instead. It was a plaque that said ‘You may be a nob, but you’re my nob <3’. He’s so lucky to have me.
Can two broken men find love in the chill of Winter?
Leo is having a bad day. Finding his boyfriend in bed with another man was one thing, being the subject of office gossip another, but falling on his ass in the snow in front of a gorgeous man was the final straw.
Jack has existed in a solitary life of ice and bitterness after betrayal. He swore no one would ever break his heart again, gave up on love, and became something else; Jack Frost.
As Jack and Leo get closer, Jack is left torn and confused. Jack yearns for anything that reminds him of his humanity, but the truth is, he feels nothing, not warmth, not love, and he knows he might never be able to love Leo the way he deserves to be loved.
When the line between fairy tales and magic, and the real world become blurred, can love conquer everything?
Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.