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I’ve already received a couple, and I’m really excited where this novel is headed.
In terms of updates, Minutes Before Sunset is past half of the final revision work, and formatting is almost complete. However, I’m hoping to release it in May, and so far my schedule is working. (Muh-ha-ha-ha.)
I’m really excited to be sharing a modern work with you all, considering November Snow will be six years old this August. (Six?! Can you believe that? I feel like a mother sending her child off to class to make friends. So I want to introduce this paranormal romance more and more over the next couple of days.)
I’m planning many posts: the front cover, the back cover, the sneak peak, the first chapter, the etc. etc. etc. If you have any ideas and/or questions, let me know, but I’m going to answer the most common questions I’ve already received first:
1. What kind of paranormal is your paranormal romance? What makes it unique from other paranormal romances? Is it young-adult?
Minutes Before Sunset is a young-adult urban fantasy, falling under the paranormal romance umbrella. It takes place in Hayworth, a small Midwestern town with an unexpected nightlife. Shades and lights (my paranormal creatures, if you will) are fated to rage in war, and my protagonist is forced to lead it. I think one of the most unique aspects, however, is one of the main concepts: Archetypes are flipped. Lights are evil; darks are good. Winter is life; spring is death. The reasoning for this is explained, but it’s a surprise.
2. Is it told from two perspectives like November Snow?
Yes! The novel is told from Jessica Taylor, a new girl to town with roots from her adoption, and Eric Welborn. If you’d like to think of dual perspectives, Eric also struggles with his dual identity (every light and shade has a separate name when they transform) and his name is Shoman.
3. When did you write it? What inspired you?
I originally wrote this book when I was fifteen, but it’s only recently that I’ve gone back to revise and work with it in order to ready it for publication. I was inspired by many things–mainly the fact that I love winter and nighttime, and archetypes really bothered me throughout school. I wanted to address that, but I also wanted to create a world that tore the two sides–Light and Dark–apart in a way that the line blurred. But that’s for another time to explain.
I hope you enjoy the additional information!
From now on I’m going to try to put my next post topic here:
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