Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 8, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
"I sense something behind me, and when I turn around I see a bright golden light out in the distance. It is warm and inviting. I know what this means, and I don’t want it. I get up and begin walking away from it, but I am weary and don’t want to fight it. It quietly calls for me like it’s inside my head. It pulls at me like gravity, so I turn and walk toward the light."
It’s been almost a year since Nick Amante departed, leaving Sophie with many unanswered questions as she attempts to move on.
Sophie has now completed her first year of college and as she drives away from the Stanford campus, Sophie thinks about her life and wonders what direction it will take. Like the previous year, she will be spending her summer in Sonoma with her father. On the first day Sophie and her father arrive, an unfortunate fall propels Sophie into another haunting experience.
Something unusual happens to Sophie during the time she remains unconscious from the accident. While Sophie recovers, she believes her dreams and flashbacks relate to her fall. As she struggles to remember and put the fragmented pieces together, Sophie remains determined to discover the truth and in doing so, she creates her fate and her future.
How Do you get started with World Building?
Sophie’s Fate, the prequel to Sophie’s Time, was the first YA novel I wrote. I created the story from an experience of my own. I met someone at a conference, and he seemed so familiar to me even though we had never met. I kept feeling I knew him but I didn’t.
Months later I thought about that encounter and how sometimes a place I visit for the first time can feel like I’ve already been there. I played with those dèjá vu experiences in my head and began wondering how it would feel to discover you lived once before.
I took my personal experience and from there, I built a story around it. I used places I know in the story so it felt familiar to me and created a girl’s life with her family adding a paranormal/supernatural element to it.
After Sophie’s Fate, I felt Sophie still had something more to discover so I wrote Sophie’s Time, which continues a year later and once again, the story unfolds in places known to me.
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