1. how much research did you put into ICE?
Tons! I love research. Really, it's the best way to travel. You can immerse yourself in another place without ever having to pack. For ICE, I read every polar bear book, Arctic field guide, survival handbook, and explorer memoir that I could get my hands on. I got to the point where I could name every type of lichen that Cassie hiked past.
2. why did you choose polar bears instead of say penguins?
I wanted to write about the Arctic. And penguins live as far from the Arctic as one could possibly live and still be on the same planet.
Actually, that brings up a little known fact about me: cute depictions of polar bears frolicking with penguins drive me nuts. Polar bears DO NOT hang out with penguins. Seriously. It would be like walking into your backyard and seeing an elephant frolicking with a chipmuck. They don't live in the same place. Massive oceans separate them. Huge continents.
Anyway, I wanted to do the Arctic so... no penguins. Besides, a guy that shapeshifts into Chilly Willy just isn't the same as a guy who shapeshifts into a thirteen-foot predator.
3. do you think it's unfair that they don't have polar bears in the animal crackers?
I only buy animal crackers with polar bears. All other cracker shapes are clearly inferior.
Thanks so much for interviewing me!