Dive Into 2020 CFA Finalist Jennifer Kropf

Behind the Writing of A Soul as Cold as Frost

Is there meaning behind the title, or series name?
A Soul as Cold as Frost is the title—based off the legend of The Snow Queen. The real story of the Snow Queen is unlike Disney’s “Frozen” (it’s much creepier.) My book is about Helen—an average girl who can relate to most of us—being forced to go up against the powerful weirder of the snow from this legend. The match is uneven, unfathomable, and frankly, all kinds of creepy. This book is for teens, so tapping into the icy heart of the Snow Queen felt right since it’s such a loved theme right now. It’s a Christmas adventure to pull of the shelf and reread every year when the snow comes around, appropriate for mature children as well (or for parents to read to their kids before bed over Christmas holidays.)
 
Which of the side characters would you love to explore more, or turn into a main character in another series?
Jolly Cheat (formerly known as “Nicholas Saint” based off the tale of “Jolly Old” Saint Nicholas.) He’s a villain in this story, but he was good once. There’s a whole untapped back story to that.
 
What special knowledge or research was required to write this book?
I researched several Christmas legends and folk tales during the writing process of this book. There are bits and pieces of old Christmas stories woven into the storyline (subtly) and there will be even more inspirations from common Christmas tales in book 2, coming 2021.

A Soul as Cold as Frost
by Jennifer Kropf
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: No
Publication Date: 11.02.20

Genres: 
Mythology & Folk Tales

Page Count: 490 Pages

Synopsis:

The Quarrel of Sword and Bone was a death sentence for anyone who stepped into the arena with the deranged Queen, whose soul had crisped to frost in an age long since past.

Sixteen-year-old Helen Bell understood tragedy better than most kids growing up-she knew what it was like to wear clothes from donation bins and be mocked by the beautiful girls in school. She thought these brutal experiences made her ready for anything. But she wasn’t ready for this.

After an eccentric girl opens Helen’s eyes to let her see the realm of Winter–a world with intersects tucked carefully into the cracks of our own, where monarchs have risen and fallen, it’s forbidden to mention the name of The Dead King of Winter, and the currency is gold rings–Helen comes to realize the downtown confrontation was more significant than what the eccentric girl let on. When Helen receives a summons from the Crimson Court to enter into The Quarrel of Sword and Bone; a traditional duel performed before one thousand witnesses that leaves only one survivor, she’s forced to finally pay attention to a handsome boy who’s been following her around with a warning on his tongue.

The Winter Souls Series blends action and Christmas tradition, bringing the old forgotten tales of the season to life with new and grittier versions of famous characters out of old holiday legends, such as St. Nicholas, The Snow Queen, and The Nutcracker.

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