Guest: Minutes Before Sunset Favorite Scene → Shannon A. Thompson

First off Shannon is a goddess. The end.

Ahhh… Nah – I could go on forever but I’ll keep it short! Shannon was kind enough to help me out while I recover from surgery! Isn’t she the sweetest, most awesome friend? Yes sir! Here below she gives you a real great insight into Minutes Before Sunset. I’m honored to share this guest post with you all. Please enjoy, and thank you Shannon once more for being so wonderful.


Minutes Before Sunset Favorite Scene 



HeadshotThree things happened when Ky asked me to write a guest post for her blog.

  1. I was really happy to be a part of it
  2. I was really sad we’d be missing her fantastic posts
  3. And I wasn’t sure how I was going to contribute—to be honest, I’ve never done a guest blog post before, and it made all my nervous bugs to come out, so I’d overthink everything. (I know. I know. Anxiety, right?)

So I asked Ky what she thought would be a good idea for me to write about on her blog, and she responded almost immediately to say, “Maybe write about a favorite scene of yours in MBS? Explain why it’s important to you?”

The idea struck me as something so perfectly suiting, because I actually haven’t written about that before, and this is a great opportunity to sit back, grab a coffee, and really think about those scenes that made my writer’s heart pound.

But I should introduce myself first.

My name is Shannon A Thompson, and AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. published my young-adult, paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset, last May. In July, it was awarded Goodreads Book of the Month, and Seconds Before Sunrise (Book 2 of a Timely Death trilogy) is coming out soon! So when I say “MBS” I’m referring to Minutes Before Sunset, and when I say “SBS” I’m referring to Seconds Before Sunrise.

Fun facts: I wrote the second book before I realized the first was completely necessary, and the trilogy is inspired by a series of dreams I had. I think these facts are important to consider when I thought over the scenes of MBS.

I decided I must talk about what I call “the bat scene.” If you’re familiar with MBS, it’s on pages 206—207, but if you’re unfamiliar with this scene, it’s when Eric—as his Dark self, Shoman—takes the nameless shade to a certain place in the forest where his mother used to take him to watch the bats hunt. Although I could easily end this reasoning by saying I like this scene becomes it is Eric’s first moment of really opening up about his mother, (or that he’s about to figure out who the nameless shade is), it goes deeper than that, and it goes back to my dreams.

The dreams were pretty simple. It was of a boy visiting me at night, simply asking me what I was going to do about my situation. However, the night I based this particular scene off of was different. We were talking, there was a loud bang, and another boy was there (who I based Jonathon/Pierce off of.) Then they were outside, arguing, and I ran to my blinds. I saw a white flash. And then I woke up. But I was standing at my blinds like it was real. So I ran out of my house, and the sun was rising. No one was there, of course, but these thin purple clouds were spreading across the sunrise, and I couldn’t recall the last time I saw a sunrise, so I stopped to watch it. Within a few minutes, little raindrops seemed to fall out of nowhere—before these wispy purple clouds appeared—and I stood in the drizzle as sheet lightning lit up the sky before the sun, and suddenly bats were everywhere, and they were beautiful. I know a lot of people are scared of bats, but I realized how playful they were, how delightful they were to watch, and I knew, looking back, that I had to retain that moment between Jessica and Eric even though I didn’t share it within a dream. To me, that moment was living proof of how fantasy and reality can blur and become one. While one is a fantasy, the real moment might not feel right without the fantasy.

When it comes to my favorite scene in SBS, I guess you’ll have to wait and see :] 






 From AEC Stellar Publishing: by Shannon A. Thomspon

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9 thoughts on “Guest: Minutes Before Sunset Favorite Scene → Shannon A. Thompson

  1. gregorylambpdxauthor says:

    Shannon – I’m so glad you shared this insight. I loved that passage and could tell it came from someplace deep. I enjoyed learning a bit more about “why” you wrote it. Your recollection is a tiny tale full of imagination. Keep on writing. You’re doing amazing things!

  2. hswinson says:

    Lovely description of your dream! I, too, find that the most vivid scenes in my stories are usually the ones that I experienced personally.

  3. lookitseugene says:

    great picture of you, and I enjoyed how you described the dream. I watch movie sunrises and sunsets from my car as I navigate through traffic, I wish I could stop like you did and take it in.

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