Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life, but she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county’s electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology. It seems impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way if she is denied guardianship of her sister. For years she has longed to break free from the government’s experimental Petri Dish and the hallowed drones that inhabit it.
What Sydney doesn’t know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I created this book trailer with a little help from my family. My mother helped my scout locations that appeared abandoned and desolate. My father brother lent me his GoPro camera and editing software. My cousin played the role of Sydney. My experience with film is limited, but I wanted a trailer that included some of the enticing moments of the main character.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write “Concealed in the Shadows” after enjoying many powerful YA dystopian trilogies as a reader. I wanted to try my own hand at writing because the story idea that had been forming in my mind for years was really developing. I felt I owed it to the story to finally finish a novel.
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying soccer, school, and adventuresome play with her brother and cousins (who were much like siblings).
As she grew older, her desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts, some of which were even turned into rudimentary short films. Some of her other adolescent hobbies included reading, playing soccer, acting, and playing piano.
Gabrielle recalls her junior year in high school as the time when she first believed in the worth of her writing. Her AP course that year both challenged and celebrated her craft. Aiming for perfection caused her to slave over her work, but only so much as to allow time for her other college-level courses, soccer, track, National Honor Society, and school plays.
From 2006-2009 she attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education with minors in mathematics and Spanish language. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, volunteered often, worked two on-campus jobs, and acted in three theater productions.
For the past three years, Gabrielle has taught third through sixth graders in various school settings. The relationships she has formed with her students have been very meaningful. However, after rediscovering her passion for storytelling (through both writing and acting) during the summer of 2012, Gabrielle recently decided to transition to day-to-day substitute teaching in order to pursue both of these creative outlets. She will follow these passions wherever they take her. She also continues to enjoy both playing and coaching soccer.