Author: Kelly K. Lavender
Published: November 6th, 2014 (2nd edition)
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Recommended Age: 18+
Beautiful Evil Winter, a Russian Action Thriller, earns a list of accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award for “…writing of significant merit” and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. The novel takes place in the 1990s after the fall of the USSR, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving, gunslinging days of the frontier west. When mild-mannered Ethan and fiery Sophia board a plane bound for Russia, they hope to secure their son’s safe passage back to the US. An innocent encounter with the Mafia de-rails their plans. Suddenly, they become a target of the iron-fisted Mafioso that wields total control of Russian adoptions. What can make matters worse? An inexperienced untrained adoption coordinator who must complete the legal process and insure a safe return to the US. How much hardship can a couple endure when faced with do or die events? When hope fails and suffering prevails, what’s left?
Awards and Honors:
- The Eric Hoffer Awards – Commercial Fiction - Honorable Mention. The Hoffer Awards spotlight “…writing of significant merit.”
- The National Indie Excellence Awards - The New Fiction Finalist
- Dan Poytner’s Global EBook Awards-Bronze Medalist Suspense
- Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards-Triple Genre Finalist- Suspense, Thriller and Romance Sizzle
- Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards-Honorable Mention Suspense
This book began as a diary then became a memoir then became a novel. I knew this story would be unique and fascinating if created properly. The prospect of writing this novel nagged me day in and day out.
Do you reflect people you know into your characters or make them up on the fly?
In Beautiful Evil Winter, I actually fictionalized people that I met while in Russia. When someone labeled my Russian characters as stereotypical, I had to laugh because I knew these people on a personal level. After writing my book, I read From Russia with Love and marveled at Ian Fleming’s portrayal of Russians and his skill set.
What themes might we find in Beautiful Evil Winter?
A behind-the-scenes side of International Adoption, Russian life, Stalking, Horses, Self-Defense
What makes this book stand above the rest?
This novel won several awards because I combined Suspense and a mesmerizing story with a meaningful message. This debut book stands out because it earned 7 awards including 2 international honors.
Where can we find you?
Twitter - @KellyKLavender
Google+ - +KellyKLavender
Is this your first book?
If your book could be a movie, who would play Sophia?
Jennifer Lawrence would be my pick for Sophia and Bradley Cooper would play Ethan.
What is your favorite Genre movie?
Suspense and Action and Action Adventure movies rank as my personal favorites. I literally had to remind myself to breathe when I saw American Sniper. American Sniper is a cinematic masterpiece.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Damon Za designed the cover of the Kelly K. Lavender Press edition.
List three adjectives to describe Sophia.
Fiery, smart and resourceful.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Annie Proulx – The Shipping News,
Jodi Picoult, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King
Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
Pen to sketch out the ideas. Computer to create the manuscript.
Is there an author out there that you'd really like to meet?
Jodi Picoult or Stephen King
Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to books you read?
Predictability, poor editing and a unimaginative lackluster book cover.
In your writing, what is your least favorite thing to write?
Thriller sequences since they make me squirm. In my second novel, there are events that I found very difficult to research, envision and write. After a lot of thought, it seemed better to paint the situation red than whitewash or sanitize it.
In your writing, what is your favorite thing to write?
Interesting, multi-dimensional characters, plot lines that trigger eye-popping responses
Do you have a favorite quote?
Jodi Picoult – “…Fiction is the backdoor to truth…”
Do you write under a pen name?
Thank you Kelly K. Lavender for the opportunity to interview you and your novel "Beautiful Evil Winter". I wish you all the best with you debut!
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