Saturday, November 29, 2014

0 Brian Falkner, author of ICE WAR, on letting characters surprise you

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about ICE WAR?

Ice War takes the characters that have been slowly developing over two previous books and fleshes them out much more without sacrificing excitement and action. I loved getting more into their souls.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

One of the major characters dies in the book.  A character we have got to know over two previous books. This was hard to write. It was like losing a close friend.

How long did you work on ICE WAR?

About a year, but including writing and editing.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

That even when you have lived with characters for more than two years, through two books, they still have the capacity to surprise you.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

The death of a major character. It lifted this from a simple action story to a real human drama about the things soldiers face and the things young people must learn to face as they come of age.

What are you working on now?

A new series set in an alternative history of earth in which dinosaurs still roam parts of the planet and are used as weapons of mass destruction.
The story is set during the Napoleonic wars.


Ice War
by Brian Falkner
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 11/25/2014

A sci-fi military thriller perfect for kids who love Halo and Call of Duty!

February 2033. Things are not good. Recon Team Angel has been shut down, and if the alien forces manage to cross the frozen Bering Strait from Russia into Alaska, then humanity has lost the war. So far the aliens seem to be marshaling their resources, preparing for their invasion. But something isn’t right—at the control center, two Navy Seal teams have vanished without a trace. Did they lose their way on the ice? Or is something terrible happening? Recon Team Angel is secretly reinstated and authorized to investigate. What will they find in the frozen tundra? This could be their most chilling mission yet.

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BRIAN FALKNER, a native New Zealander, now lives in sunny Queensland, Australia. His keen interest in military history inspired the futuristic "history" of the Recon Team Angel books. Find him online at

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