Two Destinies. One Death.
Eric has less than a year left before his fated battle when he meets her. She’s a shade like him, but separated from the Dark – and with more power than she should have. And he can’t stay away.
Jessica is new to town and desperate to figure out who, or what, her birth parents were. But she can’t find them without overcoming Eric, and she won’t let him stop her.
‘Minutes Before Sunset’ happens through the minds of two young adults as they struggle to survive their paranormal realities and find balance in their human lives.
Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
I’m a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. In 2007, I was 16 when I published my first YA dystopian novel, November Snow. In 2012, I was featured in a poetry collection, and in 2013, I signed The Timely Death Trilogy with AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. After releasing the first installment, my young-adult, paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. My life changed. Since then, my first short story, Sean’s Bullet, was also published in an anthology, and my poem was featured in a Norwegian magazine. My latest novel, Seconds Before Sunrise, released on March 27, 2014, and AEC Stellar Publishing is expecting to release my next novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014. Writing is what I do, and I love it more and more everyday.
1. Favorite quote from a movie?Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
2. If you could take over the world, would you? No. No one should have that much power.
3. Pets? – childhood or adult: As a child, I grew up with giant dogs – one husky and two half-wolves. I love dogs, but I don’t have a yard for one yet. I currently have one, FAT cat named Bogart. He’s named after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. He appears on my blog often.
4. How did you go about publishing your book? This is a funny story. I was first published when I was 16, but I dropped out of publishing for a long time. I created my website to connect with writers, and I was going to self-published Minutes Before Sunset when my publisher contacted me via Twitter. They asked if I had a representative, which I didn’t, and we had a contract in place two months later.
5. Which of your characters is a portrayal of you? I find that all of my characters have little traits of me in their personalities. In The Timely Death Trilogy, Eric loves cars and drives a manual (like I do) but Jessica is very determined. She can also paint, which is something I’ve always wished I could do. Alas, painting and drawing have escaped me.
6. What drew you to writing this genre? My trilogy is based off of a series of dreams I had when I seriously believed I was losing my mind. The paranormal aspects felt – well, not paranormal – it was reality for me. I shared a diary entry from when I had these dreams of a boy visiting me at night, and you can read it here. (http://shannonathompson.com/2013/11/15/my-dream-goodreads-extras/ ) But I write in many genres. My stories and characters choose the genres.
7. What’s your favorite word? Midnight.
8. How do you come up with the characters names/personalities? I don’t. They come to me, and they often come too fast and too loud to handle everything at once. But – every now and then – I get a character that only reveals a little bit at a time. My favorite part of writing is when a character shocks me.
9. Fanfition – Love it or Hate it? Have your ever written it? This is a difficult question for me. I’ve never written it. I find creating my own characters and stories to be more fulfilling, and as an author, it hurts me when I see my characters twisted into rolls they wouldn’t be in. But I’m not against it necessarily. I think it’s very flattering, and I hope readers enjoy writing it.
10. Most embarrassing moment? When I was in the fifth grade I was in a talent show. We were dancing with umbrellas, and my ponytail got caught in the umbrella in the middle of the show – in front of the entire school I just transferred to.
11. How do you overcome writer’s block? To me, writer’s block is always self-imposed. I’m either forcing myself or I’m forcing my characters to do something they wouldn’t do. I have to take a step back and be honest with my characters and they have to be honest with me.Once we have that discussion, we move forward.
12. Describe your book in 5 words. The dark and light identities.
13. Do your characters really talk to you? Yes. I’ve been caught arguing out loud to them too many times to count. I’ve even been caught jumping around my room in what I call “method acting for writing.” I wrote about it on my blog once: http://shannonathompson.com/2013/08/09/writing-tips-method-acting/
14. Where is your favorite spot to write? I currently spend most of my writing time in a local hookah house. Everyone knows me as the girl with the laptop. (Okay. So they also know my name, too.) And they love hearing about my latest project. It’s a very welcoming environment.
15. What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? Sharing my characters’ stories with readers is my favorite part. I love seeing how my characters come alive for others, and I get excited to hear how they affect the readers in the end.
This or That
TV or Movies? Movies
Night owl, or early bird?
Print or Ebook? Print
Horror or Romance? Romance
Skittles or M&Ms? Skittles
Summer or Winter? Winter
PC or Mac? Mac
Shoes or Sandals? Boots
Apples or Oranges? Apples
Cause or Effect? Cause
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Truth or Dare? Truth
Text or Talk? Talk
3 winners will each receive Ebook copies of Minutes Before Sunset & Seconds Before Sunrise