Shannon A. Thompson is award-winning, young-adult author, poet, and blogger. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing.
Shannon is a 24-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month.
In this interview you will be able to learn More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about her and her new release of Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 in The Timely Death Trilogy.
- How did you begin writing?
Like many writers, I started writing at a young age, but I began writing as a coping mechanism for night terrors. My mother was a writer, so she encouraged me to write and to turn my dreams into stories in order to make sense of them.
- Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
The day I intended to become an author—seriously intended to be one—was the day my mother passed away. I was eleven years old, and I guess you could say I snapped. I decided I wanted to write for the rest of my life, and I wanted to write seriously. I pursued novel writing and publication right away, and my first novel was signed and published when I was 16. I haven’t stopped since. I love it more and more every day. Most of my novels are still based on those dreams I had that she encouraged me to explore.
- What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Oh! I’m sure every book I’ve ever read has influenced my writing, but the ones that stick out to me the most are the Magic Tree House series, The Daughters of the Moon series, and anything by Meg Cabot.
- What is the name of your NEW book? Where’d you get the main idea?
Minutes Before Sunset is the first book of The Timely Death Trilogy, but don’t you worry. The second novel, Seconds Before Sunrise, releases August 25, and the last novel, Death Before Daylight, comes out September 15. (So you don’t have to wait years to get your hands on the next book!)
The reason this is happening is because this trilogy was originally with a different publisher that closed down right before the last book came out, and my new publisher signed it on!
The Timely Death Trilogy is based off of a serious of dreams I had as a teenager, which included a boy coming to visit me at night.
At first, it was calm—simple conversations—and then, it turned deadly, and dark, and terrifying. When they suddenly stopped, I knew I had to finish the tale.
- Are the characters old or new?
All the characters in The Timely Death Trilogy are found only in the trilogy.
- Did you have any goals for the story when you wrote it – to get published, or just to finish, etc?
I don’t worry about publication until it’s time to.
That being said, I didn’t publish it immediately. I left the publishing industry while I went to college, and during my last year of college, my first publisher of this series signed it.
During the first month, it received an award—Goodreads Book of the Month—that was awesome! I signed on with a new publisher this past January, so it’s coming out again with new scenes, typography, and wonderful covers!
- Which chapter you like the most and why?
In Minutes Before Sunset, I loved the scene between Jessica and Eric in Eric’s room to study. Without giving away too much, I think it was the first time they actually saw one another and opened up to each other as humans.
- Is there any secret message in the story?
Of course there is! But I leave that up to the reader. :]
- Which actors / actresses you would like to play your characters?
I’m not one to pick actors/actresses to be honest, but I do have a Pinterest board where I find pictures that remind me of scenes and characters. I also have an Extras page on my website with fan art, room layouts, and more.
- What is the “perfect” event where you can promote your book according to your imagination
I would love to go to UtopYA or Book Expo America within the next year or so. I just got back from Penned Con, and I LOVE bok events where you can meet authors face-to-face and get books signed (all over a cup o
- Are you working on a NEW BOOK and if yes, what is it about? When should we expected?
I’m currently working on re-releasing November Snow, which was my first published novel. I feel like it never got a real chance on the market (since I basically pulled it down for school the second it released back in 2007). November Snow is a YA fantasy/dystopian
novel about bad bloods.
“Bad bloods” is a term for a group of people born with limiting supernatural abilities and /or physical deformities. The term came from a war where they were massacred and their blood filled the streets, but I don’t want to spoil the book too much. ;]
- Any last thoughts for my readers?
I would love to see you on my website for readers and writers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.
The Timely Death Trilogy will be released in full this fall.
- Minutes Before Sunset: book 1 available now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
- Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2 releases August 25: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
- Death Before Daylight: book 3 releases September 15: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
Two destinies. One death.
“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”
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.
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.
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