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Joanna Ruth MeyerJoanna Ruth Meyer<div class="ExternalClassA8CB5DFB269E437DBB371B505D79ABFA"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/search?query=echo+north+meyer" target="_blank">​​Echo North</a> by Joanna Ruth Meyer​<br></h2><p><br></p><p>Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed <em>Echo North</em>, as well as the companion novel duology <em>Beneath The Haunting Sea</em> and <em>Beyond The Shadowed Earth</em>, and the fairytale-inspired Into <em>The Heartless Wood</em>. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.  </p><div><br></div><div>Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting.  </div><div><br></div><h3>What prompted you to write this book?  </h3><div><em>Echo North</em> actually started with a dream I had about a girl getting chased across the ice by a pack of wolves, and when I sat down to brainstorm it, I realized it wanted to be an "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" retelling. </div><div> <br></div><div><br></div><h3>What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.? </h3><div>Fantasy is my favorite genre to read and to write, and I’ve always loved fairytale retellings—it was such a challenge and an honor to get to write one! </div><div><br></div><h3>Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who? </h3><div>They are not. :)  </div><div><br></div><h3>What type of research did you do to write your book? </h3><div><em>Echo North</em> is set in a pseudo 19th-century Siberia, so I read up on clothing and food, as well as looked at lots of gorgeous and inspiring pictures of the Siberian landscape.  </div><h3><br></h3><h3>What book are you currently reading? </h3><div>I just finished Megan Whalen Turner’s <em>Return of the Thief</em>, and R.J. Anderson’s upcoming <em>Torch</em>, and am debating what to start next from my toppling TBR pile. </div><div><br></div><h3>Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out? </h3><div>I am currently working on a companion novel to <em>Echo North</em>, titled <em>Wind Daughter </em>and set to come out in 2022.  </div><div><br></div><h3>If you weren't a writer, what would you do? <br></h3><div>I’d love to be an indie singer/songwriter!  </div><div><br></div><h3>Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there? </h3><div>In non-pandemic times, I love taking my young son to the Tempe Public Library! I also read lots of ebooks from the Greater Phoenix Digital Library!  </div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>

 

 

 

 

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