Author Interview: Shannon A. Thompson


Shannon A. Thompson wrote Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) *my review* and asked me if I would review it, and naturally I said of course. She asked if I would want to have an author interview and I thought it would be fun, so we continued corresponding and came up with questions. Enjoy the interview!

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1. Tell us about yourself…

I’m a 22-year-old author with a lot of passion to share with the world. I was first published at 16, and I write in many genres. My next novel is expected to release this March, but my ultimate goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams. I also love coffee and cats.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

When I was very young, I suffered from night terrors and nightmares. I – quite frankly – could not separate my dreams from reality. That was when my mother taught me to turn them into stories in order to cope. Unfortunately, she passed away very suddenly when I was eleven, and I knew I wanted to spend my life doing what I love. I immediately pursued my goal of becoming a published author, and I haven’t stopped writing since.

3. What went through your mind when you realized your book was being published?

Honestly, excitement followed by dread. The hardest part for me as a writer happens when I finish a novel and/or get the published product in my hands – it’s the ending of an exciting journey that I have spent years on – but those emotions are quickly replaced with enthusiasm when I return to my desk and begin a new novel. 

4. If your novel was made into a movie, who could you see playing the main characters?
 
If any of my novels were turned into movies, I would hope the director would consider an open-casting call. I want to be able to give opportunities to new actors and actresses pursuing their dreams, while also finding new people to fit into the roles. 
5. What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t reading or writing?
I drink a lot of coffee, and I spend too much time playing (cuddling) with my cat, Bogart. Correction: I don’t think someone can spend too much time with their family (and, yes, pets are family.) Other than that, I love traveling whenever I can, and I also like movies and murder mysteries.
6. Are the experiences in the book some you’ve had yourself?
The Timely Death Trilogy is actually based off of a series of dreams that I had when I was in high school. A boy visited me in my sleep, and you can read more about it (as well as an actual journal excerpt) here: http://shannonathompson.com/2013/11/15/my-dream-goodreads-extras/ 
7. What book are you reading now?
My current read is “the impossible knife of memory” by Laurie Halse Anderson. It’s amazing, but I’m also a huge fan of Anderson’s.   Goodreads for The Impossible Knife of Memory
8. How did you come up with the title?
The Timely Death Trilogy came down to two things: time and subject. Each novel has a level of explanation within the world light vs. dark (dark being the good guys, light being the bad.) 
For instance, Minutes Before Sunset (book 1) is focused on being in the Dark, and the shades turn at night, so the title is about the moment before entering the Dark, the minute of contemplation. Seconds Before Sunrise (book 1) is focused on being human. Since the shades are human during the day, this title happened because sunrise is the last moment before they turn. Death Before Daylight will be the ending, and it is focused on the Light, but that’s a mystery for now :] 
9. Are there any authors who have caught your interest?
Many! I love reading, so my calendar is filled with upcoming releases, although City of Heavenly Fire is probably my number one. 
*Aubrey Joy fangirling because of the love of City of Heavenly Fire*
10. Sneak peek of what you’re writing now?
Well, I’m technically done writing it, but Seconds Before Sunrise releases March 27, 2014. I am working on the edits of Death Before Daylight, and I’m also sneaking in new projects along the way. There just might be a new, science-fiction novel lingering in the near future. 
Thank you so much for letting me review your novel Minutes before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) it was an amazing read and I cannot wait for March 27 to get the next in the series! Thanks for the interview as well!
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Review: Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson


Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Title: Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1)

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2013

Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 247

Source: sent from author

She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This book was a very interesting concept and I really liked it. The Dark were good and the Light were bad. This book was explained to be as paranormal romance and right away that genre kind of made me cringe. I hate when romance unnessesarily takes over the plot and surprisingly this story didn’t have this element. I like that they had a Shade life and then changed into their human self. I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to read this!

Characters:

I really appreciated the character development in this story. I, like I said, love the human-Shade changing. Jessica starts out as a shy, but sassy, new girl also known as ‘the nameless Shade.’ She meets new people and gets new friends and then she meets Eric. Eric is the weird kid with no friends who’s mother committed suicide. There is nothing special about him, or so everyone thinks. *ooh suspenseful*

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Jessica because she was naïve at the beginning and was only the new girl, but then she finds herself and realizes that she’s more than she thought she once was. I think it would be cool to be a shade, although it would be difficult to not be able to have friends or relationships because you can never know who you can and cannot trust. I would still want to be able to have rocking-awesome powers, though.

Series:

Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2)

Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy #3)

Thanks again to Shannon A. Thompson for sending me this to review! It was a very enjoyable read and I cannot wait for the next one to come out!

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