Snowlands follows a banished wolf on a dangerous quest to help a snow leopard find her missing cub. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The initial spark for the idea came while watching an episode of Planet Earth and learning about the life cycle of the snow leopard. I found them fascinating and saw a lot of story potential there. I also loved the setting of the snowy mountains of the Himalayas. After many iterations, that spark evolved into the story of the white wolf cub Feba, and her adventure with Usha, the snow leopard.
The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Collin Fogel and colorist Davi Comodo?
The collaboration with the art team was smooth and enjoyable. The artist received a detailed script to work from, but he certainly added his own angle to the direction of the piece and made it so much better than anything I could have thought of. I constantly encourage him to do what he feels worked best and trusted his skill. Not trying to micromanage the art was I think, the best thing I could have done since it make things move faster, but also let him express himself in the best way possible.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The theme that guided me through the writing was what happens when we can’t let go. That theme manifested in many of the characters, both the good ones and the bad ones. But I think the theme that might stand out the most for readers is the one of finding your own family, and what it means to belong. That is what Feba’s journey is all about.
What is the next book in the Snowlands series that you are working on about, and when will it be available?
There will be 2 more books in that particular series (with more different series in the Snowlands world to come after). The second book is currently in the writing stage and we have no date set for release, but I would estimate it will be ready sometime around 2024.
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