Author Shannon A Thompson has kindly agreed to stop by ARR Blog today to share with us the experiences that inspired her to become an author and her hopes for the future. Shannon’s novel, Minutes Before Sunset, a young adult paranormal romance, has recently been published by AEC Stellar Publishing. If , after reading Shannon’s post, you would like to read a review of Minutes Before Sunset, please scroll down. I can ensure you that the novel is an intriguing read and we wish Shannon every success. Over to Shannon! Tina
Like many writers, I began at a very young age. I specifically remember writing short stories during “Read Allowed Time” when my fourth grade teacher would read novels to us. We were allowed to color, but I wrote, and fellow students asked me to write stories with their names in it, so I did, and I gave them as gifts of friendship.
I began fiddling with novels shortly after that, but I didn’t take it seriously until my inspiration—my mother who encouraged my craft immensely—suddenly passed away on March 16, 2003. I was only 11, but I faced my own mortality, and I became very mature. I realized life wasn’t guaranteed, so I chased my highest hopes immediately.
At sixteen, I published my first novel, November Snow, with Golden Eagle Publishing. It was a young-adult science-fiction novel, dedicated to my mother’s loving memory, and it was entirely based on a nightmare I had suffered from since my mother had died. As a much younger child, I often suffered from nightmares and night terrors (I honestly couldn’t differentiate between reality and dreams) so my mother had me turn them into stories in order to cope.
My latest young-adult paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, is actually a result of the same thing, but it was a different series of dreams. I was in a very dark time in my life, and I had dreams of a boy visiting me at night—just to talk. He’d ask me about how I was feeling, what I was going to do next, and what my hopes were for the future. When I got through that dark time, the dreams were quite literally ripped away from my conscious, and I was distraught. Despite my happiness, I still wanted him as if he was a real person, so I created a story explaining his visits. And Minutes Before Sunset was born.
Now, years later, it was published on May 1,, 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing, and it’s dedicated to my late roommate, Kristine Andersen, who passed away October 7, 2012. It is also dedicated to our other roommate, Megan Paustian, and the time we had together. Memories are timeless, and I love words because they hold an immortality that people cannot have alone.
Honoring my loved ones through my writing has been my biggest inspiration to achieve my dreams at a young age, but my followers are also. Every supporter encourages me on a daily basis, and I couldn’t be here without them.
I have two other novels in the process of publishing (both novels in the Timely Death series) but my ultimate goal is to give back. I dream of being able to support the arts in a way that I can help others achieve their dreams successfully but, mainly, passionately. If I could do anything, I’d love to open up a school where children can meet people within their art industry in an affordable and effective manor.
I want the world to embrace the arts as a beauty that has been discovered but has yet to achieve its fullest potential.
Shannon A. Thompson Shannonathompson@aol.com