The Edge of Over There: Author Interview

 

THE EDGE
OF OVER THERE

The Day the Angels Fell, Book 2
by
SHAWN SMUCKER
  Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Number of Pages: 384
 
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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell
 
Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected. 
 
Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.
 
Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman—who looks exactly like a ghost from her past—compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.
She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.
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Praise for The Edge of Over There:
“Blending Biblical elements and urban myths, Smucker creates an enthralling story of supernatural battles between the forces of good and evil.” — Publishers Weekly


“The Edge of Over There is a mesmerizing, menacing fantasy. Shawn Smucker fuses New Orleans lore, Christian themes, and dystopian landscapes in a thorough exploration of love and its unintended results.” — Foreword Reviews (Starred Review) 

AuthorInterview

INTERVIEW WITH SHAWN SMUCKER

Why did you choose to write in your particular sub-genre?

I love how imaginative kids and young people can be. It’s inspiring to me, and I think someone with a well-developed imagination is better at critical thinking. We are all hardwired with these amazing imaginations, but in most people, they go untapped and eventually fade. So, writing mystical realism feels to me like partnering with other people who also have imaginations they haven’t forgotten about.

 Which character from The Edge of Over There is least like you?

Abra is definitely least like me – she is adventurous, spontaneous, sometimes reckless, and she doesn’t let her fear become a barricade. I am the opposite of most of those things.

Did you first experience rejections when submitting this manuscript for publication?

For the first book in the series, yeah, there were a lot of rejections. I couldn’t get an agent for years, and then when I did, and we submitted The Day the Angels Fell, we got 15 – 20 rejections, mostly from acquisitions editors who loved it but didn’t know where to place it. Is it religious? Is it secular? Is it for adults? Is it for kids? It’s hard when you write a book that doesn’t check all the boxes. But eventually we got there.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’m a full-time writer. Most of my income is derived from co-writing books for other people. I’ve been doing that for about ten years and have found it very rewarding. But it does sometimes wear down my writing muscle. I find I only have a certain number of words per day, so when I’m busy with co-writing, I have to find other times (evenings, weekends) to work on my own things.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

Well, the writing doesn’t always pay the bills. I’ve painted houses, worked at farmers’ markets, sold baked goods, worked at fairs, and most recently driven for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. You can read more about those adventures by searching the #RideshareConfessional hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. But I think it’s good to be involved in other things. Writing can be a lonely endeavor.

 

Shawn Smucker is the author of The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There. He lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him on his website, where you can also sign up for his newsletter in order to find out when and where the Tree of Life will turn up next.

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