This is a chance to learn a bit more about Shannon A. Thompson, author of The Timely Death Trilogy.
About the Author
I started writing . . . at a very young age in order to cope with nightmares and night terrors. My mother taught me to create stories from dreams that both terrified and confused me, so I began writing to explore those emotions and to make sense of them.
What I love most about writing . . . is the ability to both lose myself in a world and discover myself in a world.
The toughest thing about writing . . . is staying true to the story. There are so many pressures in the industry to follow particular trends—trends that are not always clear in definition—and so it can be difficult to write the story that is meant to be written rather than the story people are demanding.
The writer I most admire . . .is Meg Cabot. She is the first author that introduced young, female characters that were round in both their abilities and emotions and overall journeys, and it had nothing to do with whether they were strong or not. The story was just about them and their lives and often placed in a unique paranormal setting I admired.
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be . . . a bookstore owner or a coffee shop owner. If I am surrounded by coffee and books, I am happy.
When I am writing, I listen to . . . 8tracks.com. While I’m not big fan of writing with music on, I find myself on 8tracks.com a lot – mainly because it allows me to discover new music by artists I’ve never heard of before.
Favorite Novels: The Stranger by Albert Camus. 1984 by George Orwell. Aimless Love by Billy Collins. 1-800-Where-R-You by Meg Cabot. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Etc. etc.
Favorite Movies: Casablanca, Sabrina, Domino, Interview with the Vampire, Charlie Bartlett, The Grand Budapest Hotel, V for Vendetta.
Favorite Actors/Actresses: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightley, and Lily Collins.
I wish I could stop . . .worrying. I’m a huge worrywart. A bit neurotic in nature. I worry about worrying. It spins my head around.
Advice to aspiring authors: Create your own mantra to remind you why you write and also what it will take to succeed (whatever success means to you.) For me, personally, my mantra is write with passion; succeed with self-discipline. These mantras will help you get through the rough days and energize the exciting ones.
Minutes Before Sunset
Book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy
Two destinies. One death.
“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates…”
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.