Book Feature: One Foot Onto the Ice by Kiki Archer

1 Oct

one foot onto the iceKiki Archer is back with another dose of funny lesbian chick lit. But She is My Student and its sequel Instigations were hit stories of longing between a teacher and student. Binding Devotion featured a equal marriage rights champion whose own marriage was under strain in the face of temptation. With One Foot Onto the Ice, she’s back at school but this time the kids and teachers have been let loose on the slopes of a French Alps ski resort and a sexy ski instructor is about stir things up.

Hi Kiki, please tell us about your new novel.

It’s called One Foot Onto The Ice and it’s about two women who find themselves connected in more ways than one. Susan Quinn is a teacher at an all-girls school, and Jenna James is a ski instructor in the French Alps. The pair meet up when Susan leads a school ski trip to the sunny slopes of Morzine and discovers her old classmate is their guide for the week.

The novel is a fast-paced romance where the young cast of students and teachers search for excitement on the slopes, with some finding it a lot more easily than others.

Your last novel, Binding Devotion, posed the reader questions about commitment in the face of desire. What’s the theme for this novel?

It’s about love and how you can find it in the most unexpected places with the most unexpected people. I do believe in soul mates and I do believe in that invisible pull that grabs hold of your heart and never lets go. One Foot Onto The Ice is also about trust. It’s about making the decision to judge someone for who they are now, not who they once were, and choosing to take that first step together.

Who was your favourite main character and what grabbed you about them? Are they inspired by anyone in real life?

I love Jenna. She’s flawed in lots of different ways, but she’s aware of her flaws and that makes her very endearing to me. She’s very open about who she is and what she wants from life, that’s why it’s such a shock for her when she starts to crave something she didn’t even know she desired. Is she inspired by anyone? – We’re all flawed, aren’t we?

Your books have very colourful minor characters for readers to love and hate. Who did you have a soft spot for in this book and who rubbed you up the wrong way?

I like the dynamic between Champagne and Priggy and I picture a pair of girls, just like them, walking around the corridors of Cheltenham Ladies College as we speak. Marcus was also an interesting character for me. In my first two novels we met Ben, who was a lovely guy, completely accepting of Kat’s sexuality. However not all guys are lovely and accepting. Some are total idiots, and Marcus is one of them. I wanted the reader to cringe at him, and I think I succeeded.

What was the best part of writing this novel for you?

I actually love the moment when it’s released and I invite people into the secret world that I’ve created, to meet the characters that I’ve grown to know and love. The best bit is being able to talk about them like they’re real people, and hear what the readers want to happen next.

Do you have a favourite scene?

I enjoyed writing the bathroom scene. Poor Susan’s one of those women who find themselves in the most embarrassing situations with nowhere to hide. I really felt for her, and I think I actually winced in pain for her as well. But, by consequence, the scene showed Jenna in a very kind and compassionate light, which I liked.

Have to ask. Are you an expert skier?

Watch the clip and judge for yourself!

And you know your readers will devour this book and want more. What have you lined up for them next?

I’m currently writing the sequel to One Foot Onto The Ice, due out 2014. I love Jenna and Susan and their story is only just beginning!

Thanks Kiki! And if that wasn’t enough to get you reading One Foot Onto The Ice, here’s Kiki reading the first scene of the book:

One Response to “Book Feature: One Foot Onto the Ice by Kiki Archer”


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