Ellechor Publishing House is pleased to introduce new author Anne LeBold Douglas. Breaking the Ice is a Young Adult novel and Anne’s first release. Anne LeBold Douglas is obsessed with playing, watching and talking about hockey, but especially playing. She is equally passionate about young people and chose a career as a freelance writer and author because it allows her to work at summer camp with youth and young adults. Breaking the Ice, her first work of fiction, is a young adult book about—no surprise!—hockey-playing teenage girls.
Douglas is a communications consultant, with an English degree from the University of Guelph. Additionally, she has studied theology at Tyndale Seminary and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she now lives with her husband and three children in California.
For more information, visit www.annelebolddouglas.com. You can also find Douglas on Twitter at @AnneLDouglas, Instagram at Annebld and Facebook at AnneLeBoldDouglasAuthor.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always been a writer, but I’ve mainly written marketing, journalistic and technical copy. I felt the need to get creative so I started a weekly date with myself and my laptop at my favorite coffee shop. The first thing I wrote was a scene with one of the main characters, Carly, and I became really drawn to who she is. I know it sounds strange, but I wanted to find out how her story turned out so I kept writing it.
Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?
The main characters are Carly and Sam, two seniors in high school. They’re both athletes, but that’s the extent of their similarities. Carly is strong and self-assured and knows what she wants out of life, but she doesn’t know how to love. Sam is warm, fun and loving but she doesn’t know who she is. As their friendship plays out, boys are also in the picture, which makes things even more interesting. The themes are friendship, faith, intimacy and identity, topics than anyone—not just teens—can relate to.
What was the hardest/easiest part of writing this book?
The hardest part was connecting the major events. I wrote many of the major events first then I had to string them together and develop the plot. I’m currently writing the sequel and I’m writing it more in chronological order to avoid the challenges I created for myself in Breaking the Ice. The best moments of writing felt like I was actually reading a good book myself, and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would love to write books that people love to read, books that make people laugh and cry, and that help them experience personal transformation and growth. Even more than that, I would love if readers could hear the voice of God speaking through the characters into their lives.
Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.
I write about themes I’m passionate about and I’m passionate about God, so it just flows. Each character in Breaking the Ice represents a different time in my own faith journey and personal struggles that I’ve had so it was easy for me to express their doubts, questions and desires through dialogue.
What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?
I love Isaiah 35. It’s all about flowers blooming in the desert and God redeeming broken things. He loves to take the hurting, shattered, barren places in our lives and bring joy, healing and life instead. It’s just what He does. There are promises for every wounded life in that chapter.
Where do you see publishing going in the future? Do you see new or changing trends for Christian writers and publishers and readers?
I’ve noticed that the fiction sections in Christian bookstores have become bigger than the non-fiction “Christian Living” sections. I think that’s phenomenal, and I hope that more and more Christian fiction makes its way into the marketplace. Stories impact people so powerfully. My dream is that there would be less of a distinction between mainstream and Christian genres, and that Christian novelists would end up on secular bestseller lists by expressing Kingdom ideas in great stories.
What are you working on now? When might we see your next book?
I’m working on the sequel to Breaking the Ice, tentatively called Breaking Free, and it’s about the characters’ first year of college. That freshman year is often full of relational and personal turmoil and growth. Sam and Carly both have a tumultuous adjustment to college life and they mature a lot in the process. Their journeys are really different but they both have to work through what freedom looks like.