What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
I believe strongly in writing the books you want to read. When I was a teenager I loved books that were dark, mysterious, and character-driven. I liked books where things happened, but straight genre fiction bored me – I always felt like there wasn’t enough character development, and the writing wasn’t pretty enough. I was really into religious themes (it’s why I love horror movies like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby), but wasn’t interested in reading religious fiction because I grew up in a very secular household. Books like Stephen King’s THE STAND hit my sweet spot: it’s got God, Satan, an apocalypse, and is told in so many utterly unique and delightful points of view.
I wrote END TIMES to reach that sweet spot: the intersection of action, religion, and character. I don’t think I’ve reached Stephen King’s level of mastery yet, but I will never stop trying!
So (tangent aside), my advice to aspiring writers is to identify your own personal “sweet spot,” and write in that. Chances are, someone out there is craving a book exactly like the one in your head!
About End Times:When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.
Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.
About the author:
Anna Schumacher received an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. Born and raised in the tiny town of Guilford, VT (no traffic lights, no post office, one store), she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two cats. END TIMES is her first novel.
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End Times Giveaway
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