Sunday, January 5, 2014

What's in the Snow: Interview With Romily Bernard + Two Giveaways

Welcome to the first annual What's in the Snow scavenger hunt hosted by Jessica from Reviews Abound and Cal from Read Books and Live Green! Throughout this event, a series of bloggers write winter-themed blog posts that include wintry features and clues that you can collect for more entries into a grand giveaway at the end. (Look closely for clue numer 18, which I buried in this post.) For more information, you can check out Jessica's introduction post.

For my post, I was lucky enough to interview Romily Bernard, author of Find Me and all-around awesome person, and host a giveaway for two copies of her book. Since the interview was supposed to be cold-weather-themed, I asked her some questions about her winter habits, but her answers are not as frosty as you might expect. Before we get to the Q&A, though, here is some information about Romily and her book.

I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I've worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.

So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

Other places to find Romily: her website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Youtube | Find Me on Goodreads

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.
And now for the interview!

What is the best part of winter in an area where the weather is perpetually warm? 
All of it. No snow. No ice. Yeah, we get rain, but I can deal with it. I know people who have moved to the South from other areas of the country and they talk about how much they miss the change in seasons.

“But Rom,” they say. “I love seasons.”

I do too. That’s why I live in Atlanta where we skip the sucky ones.

Do you ever feel like you're missing out on certain wintry things that your friends in the North get to enjoy? If so, what? 
Nah, I’m not missing out. I get pretty nutso if I can’t ride or go for a run outside. For some reason, the treadmill doesn’t give me the same fix. My husband’s from Maine so, sometimes, he talks about the joys of snowmobiling and skiing. I just bring up how I can wear shorts in December and grill out until January. There is no comeback to that. None. I’m eating hamburgers seasoned from a wood-fire grill, peoples. You winter sport addicts can keep your goggles and frostbite.

What is your favorite outfit to wear during your warm winters? 
Ha! Well, I work from home so no one’s around to complain if I stay in my riding clothes all day. So, I guess, my favorite outfit would be my fleece-lined breeches (if it dips below 50 those suckers are my go-to’s), wool knee socks, long-sleeved tee under a short-sleeved tee, and a Patagonia sweatshirt that I’ve had since I was 14. I know. I’m depressed and shocked I never grew too. My mother might’ve had a point about all that caffeine stunting my growth.

And lastly, the story everyone wants to hear. Can you tell us about your icy business trip to New York?
Yeah, that was a funny trip and, by “funny,” I mean for everyone else getting to watch me meltdown the first time I felt real NYC wind/cold. I actually refused to leave the hotel lobby. Boy Genius had to come back inside and promise me pizza. For lunch AND dinner.

I know. I know. I was being a total drama queen, but you have to understand where I’m coming from here. Harper Collins was testing me (they weren’t). They must have known about my personal vow to never, ever go above the Mason-Dixon line after October 31st (they had no idea) and decided to test my commitment to publishing.

I survived. Barely. There was a freaking snowstorm the day we flew home. BG says it was flurries, but he’s a liar. Flurries don’t stick to the runway like fluffs of white death. But, I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.

Huge thank you for having me at Forever Literary, Emily!! Hope everyone enjoyed the post and I hope you enjoy FIND ME!!

Although I love sweater weather with a passion, I admit that it must be nice to not have to worry about those pesky little cones of ice that hang from the edge of your roof in winter, threatening to fall on your head. What are those things called again? Maybe someone can help me out.
Now that you know more about Romily, you have the chance to win two copies of her book.
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And don't forget to enter the grand giveaway that includes all sorts of awesome prizes.
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That's it for today's post! Be sure to check out the posting schedule for more clues and fun festivities, and start getting excited for next year's What's in the Snow!


  1. Romily really doesn't like the cold, huh? I'm not a huge fan of it either, but that's probably because I'm never dressed warm enough on the days it's really cold outside. Great interview!

    1. Haha! I like the cold too, but only when I can keep myself warm by staying inside or wearing sweaters, scarves, etc. Thanks!

  2. That book cover is awesome! Sounds interesting!

  3. Ah, such a fun interview! Well, if she lives in Atlanta, she needs to come to Florida then because that's even warmer with less of a chance for cold. I have relatives in Georgia who still get cold (in the Atlanta or the tiny town called Ranger area). Ha, the story to NYC is funny. I don't know how I'd do in snow since I've never seen it, but I want to! I went to NC once and it was about 6 degrees, but the wind made it feel colder, but there was NO SNOW. I was ticked, having to survive through that with no benefits. No moisture blues. Find Me sounds good though!

    1. Haha! I could never live in Florida, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Romily. I've said it before, but it is my mission to get you to see snow. That's so unfair that the NC cold tempted you but didn't deliver any icy precipitation! Nature should realize that when the temperature drops below freezing, people need to get snow.


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