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The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all hes ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the governments controlling grasp. Willos survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers—all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city hes always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

S.D. Crockett on narrative voice and an especially cold winter:

What was your inspiration for After the Snow?

Well, apart from the unbelievably cold winter during which I was writing—in an unheated house, chopping logs, and digging my car out of the snow; I think much of the inspiration for the settings in After the Snow came from my various travels.

In my twenties I worked as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, and that work led to travels in Eastern Europe and Armenia. As soon as I step off the plane in those places it smells like home.

It may sound strange to say when After the Snow is set in Wales, but really the practical dilemmas in the book come directly from places Ive been, people Ive lived with, and the hardships Ive seen endured with grace and capability. I was in Russia not long after the Soviet Union collapsed and Ive seen society in freefall. Without realizing it at the time, I think those experiences led me to dive into After the Snow with real passion.

What would western civilization look like with a few tumbles under its belt? What would happen if the things we took for granted disappeared? I wanted to write a gripping story about that scenario, but hardly felt that I was straying into fantasy in the detail.

What do you want readers to most remember about After the Snow?

We all have the capacity to survive, but in what manner? What do we turn to in those times of trouble? Those are the questions I would like people to contemplate after reading After the Snow.

How did Willos unique voice come to you?

Willos voice appeared in those crucial first few paragraphs. After that it just grew along with his world and the terrible situations that arise. I think his voice is in all of us. We dont understand, we try to make good—maybe we find ourselves.

How did you stay warm while writing this novel?

I banked up the fire—and was warmed by hopes of spring.

About the Author

After the extremely hard winter of 2009, S. D. Crockett asked herself, "What if winter never ended?" and from that thought, her debut novel, After the Snow, was born. Crockett lives in the United Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250016768
Author:
Crockett, S. D.
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Dystopian
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series:
After the Snow
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20130903
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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