Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I don't think there is very much to tell, when all is said and done. I live in Haz Gate, at the northernmost point of the Yebel-Haz train line, but I grew up even further north. Several years ago, I got a scholarship to study at the Imperial University, down in the capital, so of course I went off without a second thought, and then I came back here to teach. It's not the most exciting backstory in the world.
What is your role in the story?
I suppose I have the leading role, don't I? I'm no peacekeeper, but no one can accuse one of my students of murder without me getting involved, even if that student is Esmine. I have a responsibility to them, even though I don't have any experience in crime-solving. I'm just glad Peacekeeper Lem is around to pick up my slack in that sense.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like to read, and when I have the chance I bake. I'm sad to say I don't often get the chance– there's always something else I need to do, whether it's plan classwork or grade tests or figure out why my students are missing an entire month of classes...
What is the challenge you are trying to overcome during the story?
I am trying to solve the murder of Matteo Dimali, or at least make sure the wrong person isn't accused of it.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Would it be foolish of me to say that I would wish for an exciting life? Because I don't mean it in the sense that involves dead bodies and conspiracy theories. I'd like to be able to travel the world, or get to follow some new discovery from its inception... I imagine there are exciting things happening out there that I cannot even fathom.
Title: In The Snows of Haz
Author: Maxine Janerka
When a wealthy stranger from the capital is murdered in the isolated, snowbound town of Haz Gate, suspicion falls on a local boy. When she jumps to his rescue, schoolteacher Linna Nyx has to dig through deceptions thicker than the snow in midwinter to piece together the truth, and comes face to face with a killer who would destroy not only her own peaceful existence, but the very order of the Empire itself.
Maxine Janerka is a writer and a freelance journalist currently based in Penobscot, Maine, though she has lived in New York, New Jersey, and Oklahoma. She is the author of In the Snows of Haz and Academy of Disaster, and has three more manuscripts that are currently being torn to shreds by her editors. A lifelong lover of mystery who graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in political science and international studies, she always aims to include both mystery and political schemes in her work.