Courtney and Josh are in love and excited to finally compete as skating partners. When they take the ice for their first competition, they want to show everyone, especially Josh’s family, they are the perfect pair.
But ice is slippery, and one misstep puts all their dreams in jeopardy. Now they must show each other both their love and their partnership are strong enough to survive.
Interview with Author Jennifer Comeaux
- Happy Friday the 13th! Any particular superstitions (preferably in relation to skating) that you would love to put your characters through one day just to see their reactions?
Fun question! There are a lot of skaters who are superstitious. Some have lucky charms that they make their coaches place next to the boards while they skate. I could have one of my characters’ coaches lose their lucky charm. The ensuing freakout could be fun to watch. 🙂
- Without giving any spoilers, tell us what Courtney and Josh are going to be up to in the sequel to Crossing the Ice. Any trials or obstacles they might be facing that could be mind blowing or life changing?
They are competing together as a pair for the first time, and all I can say is they face an unexpected challenge that frustrates them both on and off the ice. I can’t give away any more, so you’ll have to read to find out!
- Music is a probably a big part in your writing process, especially when choosing the right song for the right scene. How did you go about choosing them? (Yep, it includes the songs Josh plays for Courtney, the songs they choose for their programs, etc.)
I’m always listening to music, so I love incorporating it into my books. Sometimes the songs that end up in the books are songs that just happen to be playing on my mp3 player while I’m thinking about the story. I’ll hear them and realize how perfectly they fit the mood of the story (that happened with Muse’s songs in Crossing the Ice). For the skating programs, I always choose pieces I’d love to perform to if I was a skater. It’s my chance to make up my dream programs!
- Were there any songs that you would have liked to put in Losing the Ice but it just didn’t seem to fit in?
I wanted to have Courtney and Josh skate to “A Bad Dream” by Keane for an exhibition program, but I couldn’t find a way to work in that scene. I’ve been dying for someone to skate to that song!
- Will Aubrey, Chris, or any of the other characters (aside from Emily and Sergei) who played a major role in the Edge series be making an appearance later on in the Ice series?
It’s funny you ask that because I was just thinking the other day about how I could sneak Aubrey and Chris into the final book of the Ice series. They should both be finished with school by the time Taking the Ice takes place, so I’ve thought about making Chris a trainer at the rink in Cape Cod. I also have an idea for giving Aubrey a role, but I can’t spoil it 😉
- During the zombie apocalypse, if any of your characters came to life, which two would you team up with to exorcise the zombies and why?
I would team up with Chris and Courtney. Chris would keep us laughing while we fought the zombies, and Courtney doesn’t take crap from anyone, so I know she’d be blasting those zombies any way she can!
- Aside from Ice Skating, is there another particular Olympic sport or two that you would like to write about in the future when you complete the Ice series?
I have another skating book planned after the Ice series (Liza’s story!), but if I ever move on to another sport, tennis or swimming would probably be my first two choices. I actually had an idea for a tennis romance years ago when I used to follow the sport more closely, and I’ve always loved watching swimming during the Olympics.
- How did you get into writing contemporary romance? Is there another particular genre or two that you would one day like to try your hand in?
I like reading and writing stories about situations and characters to whom I can relate, so contemporary has always felt the most natural to me. I enjoy using real-world places and issues, so I don’t think I’ll ever try my hand at paranormal or fantasy.
- If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which would it be, and how would you rewrite it differently compared to the original author? And please, no Allegiant. 😉
Gone Girl, definitely. If you haven’t read it yet, hide your eyes from the rest of this answer! View Spoiler »
I would change the ending so that Amy was not pregnant. I don’t want a poor child to be subject to those two unstable parents!
- Any books being published in 2015 that you’re looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (I LOVED On the Fence), and also The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die-hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating.
One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers!