Evelyn Stanton was born with a sun-shaped birthmark on her neck. When she and her father relocate from small-town Langley, Washington to the vast Portland, Oregon, she realizes there is something peculiar about her new city. Things are not always as they appear. Soon, everything begins to unravel. She learns the truth; that vampires exist, and the sun-shaped birthmark on her neck may be the link between the dead and the undead. She never wanted to be anything but a normal teen, but now her life and the lives of those around her may be in danger.
Targeted Age Group:: 13-100
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've always adored the supernatural/fantasy genres, and I wanted to create my own twist. "Sunny Eve" gave me that opportunity.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
When I first began planning "Sunny Eve", I envisioned them a certain way, and as I began writing the book, I brought them to life. I gave them names, their own individual personas, conflicts, and resolutions. I feel very connected with my characters.
Excerpt from one of my favorite chapters–
"The tears in my eyes were clouding my vision, making it strenuous to dodge the surrounding trees and brush. The only sound I could hear, aside from my heartbeat in my head, was the distinct reverberation of another pair of feet gaining on me.
I propelled myself forward in hopes of losing him, but inauspiciously, I could hear his footsteps speed up as well. Then, a taunting cackle echoed throughout the forest coming from just a few feet behind me. It was at that moment that I knew escaping him was hopeless. I could feel it in my heart that I was going to be doomed if I didn't take action.
So, I stopped running. I stopped dead in my tracks and quickly examined the forest floor for some sort of weapon. I grabbed a semi-sharp, blocky piece of a broken tree branch and gained the courage to turn and face Jake. He was right there; his ashen face only inches from mine. He had a stunned expression that quickly transformed into a cold glare.
I whimpered as he reached out a dominant hand and snatched the branch from me, snapping the thick wood in two like it was a frail twig. He cackled wildly as he tightly seized my throat in his icy fingers, his eyes now burning furiously. I gagged and fought against his firm grip, but it was to no avail. He dragged me deeper into the forest, restraining me by my throat.
He moved so quickly that I tripped and stumbled over my own two feet trying to keep up with him. I was on the brink of losing consciousness when he finally came to a stand-still. He loosened his clutch around my throat, and I plummeted to the ground, coughing and gasping for air.
"Why are you doing this?" I asked through harsh breaths.
His face lit up with amusement, then returned to stone. "You let me die," he growled.
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