Katherine Arden's novel inspired by girl she met in Hawaii

Katherine Arden grew up in Texas, but fell in love with Russian fairy tales at a young age. Her latest book, The Girl In The Tower, is based on mediaeval Russia.
Katherine Arden grew up in Texas, but fell in love with Russian fairy tales at a young age. Her latest book, The Girl In The Tower, is based on mediaeval Russia.PHOTO: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
Katherine Arden grew up in Texas, but fell in love with Russian fairy tales at a young age. Her latest book, The Girl In The Tower (above), is based on mediaeval Russia.
Katherine Arden grew up in Texas, but fell in love with Russian fairy tales at a young age. Her latest book, The Girl In The Tower (above), is based on mediaeval Russia.PHOTO: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

The heroine of American author Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy is inspired by a five-year-old girl she met while working on a farm in Hawaii

Winter is coming, often, in the rich world of Russian fairy tales. Maidens left by their stepmothers to die in the woods meet frost demons; girls made of snow melt in the name of love.

American author Katherine Arden grew up in Texas, but fell in love with Russian fairy tales at a young age and the country itself when she spent a year in Moscow as a teenager.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2018, with the headline 'Fending off dark power with help of frost demon'. Print Edition | Subscribe