Interview with L.A. Goff, Author of Freezing Reign
11 Aug 2023
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Freezing Reign?
The idea for this book began at my high school cafeteria table. My friends and I debated the pros and cons of being the only woman left on the planet. It was a discussion that captured my imagination. By the end of lunch, our “Oh yeah, millions of guys would want us” became “Oh no, millions of guys would want us.” All personal freedom would be lost…terrifying stuff.
If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Freezing Reign, what would they be?
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
Like most readers, I have my favorite authors. There’s nothing wrong with that. But as a writer, it can be a disability if I only pick up books in my genre. Romance authors should read Lee Child. Cozy mystery authors should read Rebecca Yarros. I am a Stephen King fanatic. He is a master at keeping readers on the edge of their seats and I learn something new about the craft every time I read one of his books.
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, The Maid by Nita Prose, and No Life for a Lady by Hannah Dolby.
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
The auction scene was a blast to write. I built it like I was constructing a roller coaster. I identified the moments when I wanted to ratchet up the tension, plunge the readers into the depths, turn them upside down, and then drop them again. Writing the auction scene was all about connecting those moments with a quality track. I wanted the reader to feel safe while dangling on the edge of their seats. They needed to trust the engineer.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
My dog naps next to me. He’s as reliable as an alarm clock. When he needs to take a break and move around, I do too.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I try to live by the 80/20 rule. Even with my best efforts, I will never please 100% of the readers who pick up my book. That can be hard for a perfectionist to accept so the 80/20 rule is the key to my sanity.
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
I want readers to think about the tension between personal freedom and sacrificing individual choice for the betterment of humanity.
L.A. Goff is the author of the new book Freezing Reign: A Dystopian Thriller
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