Welcome to my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet a character from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun.
This week Strands of Thought is host to Lia Weaver from Frost. Welcome, Lia. Tell us a little about yourself and what your life is like.
My name is Lia Weaver. I’m the daughter of Eloise and _ Weaver, and like our name suggests, we are Weavers. I don’t have much time to talk, so keep it short.
I understand. Why don’t you quickly share what challenges you are up against?
My parents are dead. That leaves me to make sure the family—my twin brother, younger sister, and I—survive. We have to make our weekly quota, take care of the farm, and keep from starving. And we have to keep away from the monsters that roam the wilderness. They’re called Watchers, and they only come out at night. They’re deadly—they killed my parents. We don’t have time to think about anything else. We’re trying to stay alive here, and I can’t risk doing anything stupid. Life is a tightrope and I’m doing my best not to fall.
Oh, did I mention that my sister brought home a fugitive from outside the Frost? And any contact with those people is forbidden?
One of these days, her bleeding-heart foolishness is going to get us all killed.
Please tell me you aren’t in this alone. Do you have a best friend?
You must mean Ann. She’s the daughter of the Mayor, but don’t let that fool you. She isn’t a slimy bastard like he is. She is everything I’m not—sweet and timid and refined as fine china.
What is your strongest personality trait?
I do what has to be done and I keep my family alive, if that’s what you mean. (My sister Ivy might say it’s my stubbornness, but she’s just annoyed at me because I made her weave this afternoon instead of letting her wander outside.)
What are your three favorite leisure activities?
Surely you’re joking. I wouldn’t know the meaning of leisure. Well, sometimes we tell riddles while our fingers are busy weaving. That’s the closest thing I can think of.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What words of wisdom would you like to share with our readers?
Work hard, don’t ask questions, and always stay on the paths when traveling the Frost. The Watchers don’t usually cross the paths. Don’t carry any technology—they’re drawn to it like flies to carrion. And never, ever go out at night if you value your life.
Readers, if you are as hooked by Lia’s harrowing plight as I am, read more about her book:
FROST, #1 in The Frost Chronicles
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
The first 3 books in The Frost Chronicles—Frost, Thorns, and Weavers—are available now in ebook and print editions. Find Frost at these places:
Amazon (Kindle and paperback editions): http://www.amazon.com/Frost-The-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B007Q4LLWE
Barnes & Noble (Nook edition): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frost-kate-avery-ellison/1109825221?ean=2940014179591&isbn=2940014179591
Smashwords (all digital formats): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144165
KATE AVERY ELLISON loves ice cream cake, board games, and long walks in the rain. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her geeky husband and two bad cats. You can find out more about her writing on her blog at http://thesouthernscrawl.blogspot.com/, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Katiewriting