Amy Aderman


As a Western New York native, Amy Aderman has experienced a number of winter storms that may have been caused by an enthusiastic Snow Queen. She has a lifelong passion for fairy tales; one of her favorite parts of writing “The Way to Winter” was researching Scandinavian folklore and stories. You can learn more about her at her blog:

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As it happens, one of the first stories I remember writing involved an enchanted mirror. My English class in elementary school had to take some kind of test that involved creative writing. We were given a prompt and told to write a story about it. Our prompt was that you come across a strange mirror lying around one day. What happens?

From what I remember, I wrote a story in which the mirror allowed the person who had it to travel through time. The mirror may very well have been broken, too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Western New York, which turned out to be very influential during the writing of "The Way to Winter." Several of the experiences the characters have during the winter were based on my own experiences, such as when Gerda, Kai, and Eva are walking upon the frozen surface of Lake Ontario. When I was a teenager, I once went for a brief walk on the shores of one of the Finger Lakes during the winter. I thought that the sand was strangely lumpy and it took several minutes before I realized that instead of land, I was walking on the lake itself. I didn't fall through the surface, but I hastily retreated.
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Where to find Amy Aderman online


The Way to Winter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,180. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
In this adventure-filled retelling of “The Snow Queen,” it’s the start of a winter like any other in our world where Gerda works in her beloved conservatory while her twin brother, Kai, falls in love with their new neighbor. When Kai becomes the victim of a cursed mirror that can create an eternal winter, Gerda is forced to journey through another world in a desperate attempt to save her brother.

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