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Januari is the main character in my book Fire and Ice. She is 17 years old, and has looked after her sisters since she was 10. The way she sees it, her story is already completely planned out for her. She thinks that she’ll be at home looking after her sisters until her mid-thirties.
But the way other people see it, she is a hard-working and modest young woman, and she deserves her happy ending perhaps more than anyone else. She is also very selfless, and although she may seem innocent, you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Januari Winters.
She is very determined and always speaks her mind and stands up for what she believes in. She will do anything for the ones she loves, but she also tends not to pay attention to people when they tell her not to work herself too hard.

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  • Jill Moore Yes, Januari is very independent, and she always gets straight to the point. I can't wait to see what people think when I finally get to introduce you all to Januari properly. She's one of my favourite characters, although another of my favourites has to be Amycus Derby.
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  • I can't wait to read it, Lizzy and nor can Lucy. We both love novels with strong, female leads and Januari sounds like our kind of girl!
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Before I start writing my books, I do a small amount of planning. I write a list of all the chapters, and I write what happens in every chapter. I’ve done this for all my books so far, and I find it’s a very good way of helping me to write my books. I then write a list based on that of what the chapters will be called. I usually draw a picture of the main character as well, and then make some other notes. For Fire and Ice and Forever Alone, it was mostly scenes that I’d written out.
There were several scenes in Fire and Ice that were so clear in my head, I just wrote them in the notebook, and copied that out when I was writing the book. I wrote it mostly just as dialogue. There were a lot of scenes in my first book where I did that. Now I tend not to do that as much.

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This song is from one of my stories which I am yet to write. In the story – Timeless – the song is sung by Hesperus, the evening star in Greek mythology. The main character, Astra, has been cursed by Hades, so that she will live forever. The Greek gods did everything they could to help her live a normal life. She’s had so many different names now, and every single time, they’ve made her forget. They have now decided it’s time for her to remember. So they will play music from an enchanted music box, and Hesperus – who was always closest to Astra – will sing along. His singing will lull her to sleep and when she wakes up, she’ll remember. These are the lyrics of the song he sings:

Much time has passed by
Since we were friends
But I still remember
The time we spent, day by day
What I wouldn’t give
To have you remember me

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After I finished writing Fire and Ice, and started Forever Alone, I worked on something else as well. I seem to have a strange obsession with drawing even though I’m not very good at it. But my drawings do have their own style and are individual and unique, so I carry on drawing anyway.
I started drawing the story of Fire and Ice. For every page of the book, there is a drawing in my notebook. I’ve now finished the graphic novels of Fire and Ice and Forever Alone, and I’ve started doing one for Heart on Fire. (These are only for my own reading pleasure, of course.)

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