SPOTLIGHT: AUTHOR SHANNON A THOMPSON

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Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy, #1)

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.

Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/NhEO8H

Paperback: http://goo.gl/h7GUqn

Seconds Before Sunrise

Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy, #2) comes out March 22, 2014

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.

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

Shannon Thompson Headshot

Author Bio:

At sixteen years old, Shannon A. Thompson became the published author of “November Snow.” At twenty-one, she was featured in “Poems: a collection of works by twelve young Kansas poets.” On May 1st, her paranormal romance, “Minutes Before Sunset” was released by AEC Stellar Publishing. In July, it was awarded Goodreads Book of the Month. It’s the first novel in The Timely Death Trilogy. Her first short story, “Sean’s Bullet,” released in an anthology in October, 2013, and her upcoming novel, “Seconds Before Sunrise,” is expected to release in March of 2014.

She’s lived in five states and moved over fifteen times, which she uses as inspiration for writing. Shannon dedicates all of her published works to lost loved ones, and she encourages everyone to find their passion.
Currently, Shannon is finishing her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Kansas and working as a Social Media Marketing Manager for AEC Stellar Publishing.

Visit her at:  http://www.ShannonAThompson.com

Other Links

Website: http://www.shannonathompson.com  (includes writing, editing, and publishing tips.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-A-Thompson/495467393833780?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAshleeT23
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6880615.Shannon_A_Thompson
Goodreads Minutes Before Sunset: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17801911-minutes-before-sunset
Goodreads Seconds Before Sunrise: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

Other Books: November Snow: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17213301-november-snow

Q&A:

Anything you can tell us about yourself that your readers may not know.

I have two novels published, and my recent one, Minutes Before Sunset, was awarded Goodreads Book of the Month in July. I’ve also had poetry and a short story published. I have moved 15 times, and I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Georgia, and on the border of Kansas and Missouri. I have a black cat named after my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart, and my favorite singer is Elvis. I used to hate my curly hair, but now I love it. And I drive a manual. I also like to hang upside down. Oh, and drink coffee. I love coffee.

How long have you been writing and who influenced you?

As many writers say, I have been writing as long as I can remember, but my mother is the one who encouraged me to write. As a child, I struggled to differ my dreams and nightmares from reality. I had night terrors, slept walk, and all kinds of things. She taught me to turn them into stories in order to cope. When she suddenly died, I was eleven, and I began taking writing seriously, because I knew I wanted to spend my life—no matter how long or short it might be—doing what I love.

What inspires you while you were writing?

In a way I cannot be inspired while I am writing because I lose myself. I often tell people they could shout at me while I was writing and I probably won’t react. I disappear to other worlds. I become someone else. It’s a surreal addiction I will never get tired of.

Where is your favorite place to write?

Currently, I spend a lot of my writing time at a local hookah house. Although I don’t advocate smoking, I go there because I am comfortable in the environment, and I like getting out of the house. I enjoy writing in public the most.

What makes you laugh/cry?

Lots of things! I laugh a lot. I’m easily amused. But I need to learn to cry more. After my mother passed away when I was eleven, I struggled to understand that sadness is okay. However, I’ve come a long way since then, and I let myself cry during difficult times (or even after watching a sad movie.)

What’s the last movie you watched and loved? 

Honestly, I just saw “Frozen” and I adored it! The overall visuals were stunning, the storyline was entertaining, and the music reminded me of the Disney movies I grew up with.

One of your favorite quotes.

“We must strive to be like the moon.” Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone. Other than loving this memoir, which is an emotionally difficult read, the purity of Beah’s prose struck me in a way that I’ll never forget.  This quote reminds me of the possibility of future and how blessed we are to have happiness.

The gadget you can’t live without

My laptop. I love her so much she is named after Weebo, from Flubber. It’s pretty rare to see me without my laptop bag. I take her everywhere.  Fun fact: I name all of my electronics.

Top three things on your bucket list

  1. Visit Japan—I am      fascinated by their culture and legends. I would love to travel across the      world.
  2. Write a memoir—at some      point in my life, I’d like to share the details of it, even the gritty ones.
  3. Let my hair go gray—I know      this might seem strange, but I’ve always admired gray hair, and it saddens      me that so many people dye their hair. I’d like to be gray, and I hope I      stick with that in the future.

To write Paranormal you must have a vivid imagination, was there an author who inspired you to write in this genre and do you write in other genres?

I have a very vivid imagination. I often get lost in fantasies. Perhaps this is why my dreams and nightmares were hard for me to separate from reality as a child. My stories are generally inspired by those visions, rather than by authors, but I love reading. I do write in many other genres. Out of my publications, my first novel was YA, sci-fi, and my short story is military fiction. I’ve also had poetry published.

From the novels you have written who is you favorite character and why?

It’s too difficult to pick an ultimate favorite, but out of my three published stories, I can admit that I love spending time with Pierce, a side character in The Timely Death Trilogy, and Calhoun in “November Snow.” To me, Pierce was my entertaining comic relief and best friend. On the other hand, Calhoun was very much like my father. Since my family is very close, perhaps I liked spending time with Cal because I enjoy spending time with my very supportive (and extremely dyslexic) dad.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Ten years from now, I’ll be 32, so I know there are a lot of major life events that can happen between now and then. It’s difficult to say where I’ll be, but I hope that I’m writing full-time as well as happy and healthy. If I’m not writing, I hope I, at least, have a job in the English field–whether it’s with editing, publishing, or teaching.

Is writing your full time occupation?

Currently, I am a full-time student at the University of Kansas. I’m finishing my last semester for my bachelor’s degree in English. I’m also a Social Media Marketing Manager for AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc., but, other than that, writing is my focus.

Coffee/Tea

Coffee and I are like obsessive best friends. We never go a day without each other. But I also love tea.

Android/iPhone

Android. I currently have the Note II. It really helps me manage my writing life, my job, my schoolwork, and everything else.

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