Kingdom Cold

An interview with Brittni Chenelle author of Kingdom Cold

I’d like to introduce Brittni Chenelle, author of Kingdom Cold. Brittni lives in South Korea, does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference; and she infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.

What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?

Although I grew up in the US, I live in Seoul, South Korea with my husband. Korean culture is often featured in my writing in some way.

What did your best review say about your work?

One reviewer said that my story had 5 plot twists and many of the reviews I’ve gotten say something about the unexpected twists and fast pace. Some reviewers appreciate that I write with diversity in mind without shoving it down the reader’s throat. It’s present without being the main focus. According to reviewers, the ending of my novel is a bit controversial. I’ve been told it’s extremely powerful, but I think it lands better with some people than others.

What did your worst review say about your work?

Some say my ending is brutal. I prefer a bittersweet ending as opposed to a purely happy one. I feel like you walk away from a story with things to think about instead of just a warm fuzzy feeling.

How did you choose a title for your book?

Actually, the name is a nod to one of my favourite video games of all time, Kingdom Hearts. It’s Kingdom Cold because it takes place in a time of war.

Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?

Many. Poverty, isolation, insanity, caffeine addiction and let’s not forget crippling self-doubt.

Have you ever wished you could do, or be, something else?

For a while, I wished I was a mermaid but I think I’d get too cold and miss the sun.

Have you ever written naked?

This feels like a drinking game question. I’ll take a shot.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Me of course. I’m too fabulous to be played by anyone else.

What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

It wasn’t pre-planned so my editor shredded it and it took longer to edit than to write in the first place.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

The only person you need to believe in you is you.
Don’t be afraid to write a terrible first draft.
Hire an editor, but none of the big companies.
Don’t worry about if it’s good until it’s finished.
Buy my novel Kingdom Cold.
Did you see how I subtly slipped that one in there?

How do you remain sane whilst writing?

I don’t think I know a single sane writer. Ahhhh trick question. I see what you did there.

What is the best excuse you’ve had for missing a deadline?

Sorry, I’m chronically late.

Are you jealous of other writers?

YES! Not a day goes by that I don’t read something and think “Man… I wish I wrote this.” I am astounded by how amazing other writers are. They are the reason I do this.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Don’t eat the glue.

Have you ever had to learn a new skill or trick, or attempted an impossible feat to finish your work?

I’ve attempted Nanowrimo… and FAILED. But the great thing about failing at a lofty writing goal, you still end up far better off than when you started.

Which book would you like to have written?

Harry Potter. I probably would make it a liiiiiiiiitle more diverse, but that whole series is a masterpiece.

What is your favourite film or TV moment of all time?

Okay! So in Sherlock Holmes the TV show, there’s this moment when the bad guy knows all the harmful information. He’s laughing because he knows Sherlock can’t do anything to him. He’s like, “Sorry, Sherlock you can’t be a hero today.” Then Sherlock says something like, “I’m not a hero, I’m a high functioning sociopath.”and he shoots the guy in the head. Wooooow!

Do you have a favourite writing resource to share with my readers and other writers?

I like using

Tea, coffee, water, juice, beer, wine or ‘other’ – what do you prefer when writing?

Coffee. But I LOVEEE wine. I can’t drink alcohol and write though.

Brittni ChenelleWhere can I find out more about Brittni and her book?

You can find Kingdom Cold in paperback and Kindle format here: :

You can meet Brittni on Facebook here:


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