About Seconds Before Sunrise:
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Tour Dates: September 7th – 18th
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.
Seconds Before Sunrise is the exciting sequel to Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. Find out why readers are enthralled with the Timely Death Trilogy.
I was lucky enough to get to ask some fun and exciting questions to Shannon for this blog tour! You can also see my review of Minutes Before Midnight that I got to review last year and my review for Seconds Before Sunrise is up as well. Here are my questions and Shannon’s great answers:
1. What books and/or authors have influenced your writing the most?
Meg Cabot has influenced me a lot! When I think about falling in love with the paranormal, I always remember her Mediator series and 1-800-Where-R-You series first. Lynne Ewing, author of Daughters of the Moon, is a close inspiration as well, but they are so many authors I wish I could name!
2. Can you remember how you first became interested in writing?
Definitely! My mother was an avid reader and writer, so books were always around me. Originally, she encouraged me to write as a coping mechanism for night terrors, and most of my novels still come from my dreams.
3. What was the hardest part about writing Seconds Before Sunrise?
Well, Seconds Before Sunrise was actually written first. I wrote the first book to make sense of the second, so there was confusion while writing the sequel since I didn’t have a foundation. That being said, the dreams seen in the book largely reflect the dreams I had, which is what I based this trilogy off of. Staying true to the dreams while also adding a story was fun but definitely challenging. One issue, for instance, was allowing the characters to be the characters (rather than the people I dreamt of and me).
4. What trend are you tired of seeing in young adult books?
With more and more sex entering young adult fiction, I am tired of seeing an emphasis on virginity, especially with young women. Not only is it medically inaccurate, but it’s also harmful for young women to STILL be learning that they are somehow devalued if they explore their desires (or worse, if it is forced upon them). If you are going to mention sex in a YA book, at least be accurate and helpful in directing readers on how to be healthy about it.
5. Do you have any advice for other writers?
I encourage new writers to create a mantra. I think it helps build self-confidence by reminding you why you write and what you have to do to reach whatever goal you have. Mine, for instance, is “write with passion; succeed with self-discipline.” On tough days, this little phrase has reminded me that I love what I do, which is why I do it, but that it’ll also take a lot of work to keep pushing forward.
6. What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on rereleasing my very first novel, November Snow. It never really had its chance, and I would like to see that happen. Last month, I finished the first rewrite draft, so right now, I’m reading through it to self-edit before I send it off to my editor.
7. If you could date any character from any book, who would it be?
Oh, my! Um. Arin from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. That book is heartbreaking, but I love the emphasis on intelligence between the love interests. I find intelligence and kindness to be the two most attractive aspects of a person.
8. What are you currently reading?
I just finished Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol last night! That being said, I’m in a book hangover and stuck staring at my TBR pile, wondering when I’ll recover. Under Different Stars was amazing!
9. Who designed your covers?
Marya Heiman from Clean Teen Publishing did! She’s darn sweet too. When I saw the first draft, I just…couldn’t…do…it. It was lovely, but it didn’t feel “right.” And you know what Marya did? She immediately found a new concept, and I fell in love. This concept became the cover you see today. She’s a genius.
10.What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
I loved the adaptation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. That being said, I definitely recommend reading the novel first. I’m not sure a lot of magic is in the movie, but because I knew all the magic, the feels from the movie were still so real!
Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen 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 instalment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month.