November 7, 2016

Announcing My Debut Novel: The End of Refuge

I have super exciting news today! I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, The End of Refuge which will launch early spring 2017.

Isolated from the rest of the world, the inhabitants of the shelter called Refuge have been trapped underground for over 20 years.

At 19, Juliet has always called Refuge home. Despite her atypical surroundings, she strives to live a normal life. She just finished school, started a new job, and fell into her first romance. But when she receives a message from outside the shelter, her life begins to crumble. The safe haven she believed in is a lie and her future is doomed. The end is coming and she can't stop it.

I was inspired to write The End of Refuge after watching a TV show with an interesting setting but underwhelming plot. Since I have always written in some form, I decided to write a novel starting with only a small idea from the show: several people are trapped together. As more and more ideas came together, I started drafting my book.

Most of the writing for this novel took place during my son's naps while bouncing the baby in my lap. Even though being a stay at home mom keeps me crazy busy, I somehow carved out time to work on my book and didn't stop until I made a finished product that I wanted to share.

My favorite character is the protagonist, Juliet. She's young and doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. At the beginning of the story, she has a hard time making decisions. She has to find people she can trust and stop relying on the friends who keep dragging her down. It was fun writing her and watching her grow as the story went on.

I'm particularly partial to the setting of the bomb shelter, Refuge. The shelter itself was constructed in the cold war but is equipped with modern technology. It was the first piece I built the story around. To find out how the people there got trapped and why the end is coming, you'll have to read the book!

The End of Refuge will be available in eBook and paperback. Make sure to check back for an official release date and preorder information. I've added a page where I'll keep all the information on The End of Refuge together in one convenient spot. You can find the link in the navigation bar or click here.

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