Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Snow by Kathryn Hewitt: Interview + Giveaway

by Kathryn Hewitt

How do you know, at fifteen, what love and affection really mean? Ruth learned all too soon that love is commitment, and affection has a price. But who will ultimately make the commitment, and who will pay the price?

At fifteen, Ruth thought she had her life planned out. That is until she met Luke, a charming new cadet from the local military school. After entering into a seemingly harmless teenage romance, Luke's possessive attitude and subtle remarks begin to undermine Ruth's confidence, sending her into an emotional tailspin.

A beautiful young girl is suddenly lost in a grown-up world, trying desperately to hang on to a love she thought would last forever. Shattered dreams and hopeless tears become the bricks that build walls around Ruth; yet just below her broken heart, a beautiful vessel is being formed.

Join Ruth on her wedding day, five years later, as her childhood friend helps her journey back to face the demons of her past.

Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 2012 by Westbow Press

Kathryn Hewitt was born and raised in the small town of Camden, South Carolina. Breaking away from becoming a stereotype, she was an Honors Graduate and went on to study British Literature and Sociology at Charleston Southern University, inspiring to be a High School English teacher.

Kathryn has a passion for teaching teenagers and reaching out to those who seem as though the world has closed the door. Because of her own experiences, including becoming a teenage mother at fifteen, Kathryn knows the value of life and the blessings it contains. Understanding the importance of making wise decisions, Kathryn passionately seeks to instill that wisdom into the minds of every young lady she encounters. The inspiration for Kathryn's writings comes from her own experiences, and she is never afraid to speak the truth that others refuse to acknowledge.

Kathryn married in 2005 and is a stay at home mom with her four sons. She and her family currently live in the same town she grew up.

Q & A with Kathryn Hewitt

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters, Ruth and Luke.
Ruth is a young, na├»ve teenage girl who wants nothing more than to be a good person and role model. Her heart, however, is vulnerable and in search of love. Being passionate about everything and having a heart easily broken, she often makes decisions she knows she shouldn’t just to please other people.

Luke Davis is a young, but worldly young man who has had his fair share of heart aches throughout his years. But those experiences have harden his heart and warped his mind. His search for love comes through manipulation, dominance, and sometimes cruelty. He’s the type of character who you want to be good underneath it all, but are unsure if true love actually exists in his heart. 

Q:  What was your inspiration behind Snow? Why did you want to write this story?
I was a teenage mother. Pregnant at fifteen and abandoned after refusing to have an abortion, I know exactly what it feels like to be hopeless and desperate. I said from the very beginning that if this novel changes even one person’s life, then everything I’ve invested (financially, spiritually, emotionally, etc.) will be worth it. I’ve had more testimonies of lives changed than I can count. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, I want everyone who reads “Snow” to know that there is a God who loves them and no matter how desperate a situation gets, there is always hope. And this hope is an anchor for my soul. Hebrews 6:19

Q:  Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
My publisher designed the cover of “Snow.” I had no idea what I wanted it to look like. I gave them little direction, so the final product was a surprise. I cried when I got the preview file. It was perfect.

Q:  If your book were turned into a movie, who would you want to play the parts?
For Ruth I think I would cast Jennifer Lawrence. I believe she could reflect that emotional struggle very well. Naomi would hands down go to Sally Field. Can’t you see her being sassy, southern and strong just as she was in Steel Magnolias? Andrew Garfield would make a good Luke. He’s got the mysteriousness and facial expressions I could see Luke having in a movie.

Q:   What is the best advice you have been given?
Everyone has a story inside of them, but only a select few have the ability to get it out. You have that gift, so don’t stop using it. No matter what people say or how people oppose you, keep writing. Keep helping people. Keep shining a light in dark places. – From my dear cousin and friend (also author) Denise Hildreth Jones.

Q:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My dream job has always been to be a writer and a stay at home mom. Because of lifestyle changes and sacrifices, I am both! My husband works hard so that I can be home with our kids. I am really living my dream job.

Q:  Hard/paperbacks or eBooks?
I’m still a sucker for hard copies, especially vintage copies. But my Kindle comes in handy. I think that holds true for almost everyone. We love our e-readers, but still love the feel of a book in our hands.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. I’m hoping to start on my long list of “to-reads” in the summer while the kids are hanging out by the pool!

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