Monday, February 1, 2021

Edge of Sundown by Jennifer Worrell Genre: Suspense

  • What inspired you to write this book?

The idea of someone writing a conspiracy theory that turns out to be true had been on my mind for a while.  I remember mulling it over in March of 2013, eventually turning to procrastination.  “Meh,” I said to myself, “I guess I’ll wait until NaNoWriMo.”  Thankfully my more ambitious side told me to “shit or get off the pot” and I listened.  I did not intend for it to become a political allegory, but I think I rather did.


  • What can we expect from you in the future?

I started writing flash fiction, and I’ve amassed so many that it’s time to put together a collection.  They’ll be mostly dark, but in multiple genres, including horror and comedy. 

I get a lot of twisted ideas while reading other things.  For example, while reading about a journalist’s trip around Antarctica in AFAR magazine, I got the idea for a picture book about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated trip in the early 1900s.  It would focus purely on the increasing disasters that arose while trying to find a way home, and it may or may not be suitable for children.

A friend also told me about a fantastical event that happened to her as a kid, which she generously allowed me to expand upon for another picture book.  I want to do her justice, so it will focus on female empowerment.

I’m also working on a sci-fi novel that deals with addiction and memory distortion, and since there are three timelines/POVs in this story, I have to -gasp!- outline.  I may have made a terrible mistake.


  • What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Character development is so much fun.  It’s like therapy for imaginary friends, and you get to be both client and counselor.  Spiraling deeper into their psyches and lives makes them more interesting with each pass, and I become more involved in what makes them tick. 

You can derive a whole story from a character’s decisions in response to an event or other character’s comments or attitude, especially in relation to things that came before.

Edge of Sundown
by Jennifer Worrell
Genre: Suspense

When dystopian fiction becomes real…
Val Haverford’s Sci-Fi and Western novels made him a household name. But that was then. A decade of creative stagnation and fading health has left him in the literary wilderness.

Attempting to end his dry spell and secure his legacy, Val pens a dystopian conspiracy theory set in a tangential universe where alien invaders eliminate ‘undesirables’ perceived as drains on society.

But as he digs deeper into violence plaguing his adopted home of Chicago, he discovers unsettling similarities between his work in progress and a life he thought he left behind. Soon he finds his fictional extremists are not only real—they’re intent on making sure his book never sees the light of day.

As he pieces together haunting truths about his city and his motives, Val realizes his last chance to revive his career and reconcile the past could get him—and the people he loves—killed.

Will he make the right choice? Or will it be too late?

Edge of Sundown is a provocative story that shows how the desperation of lost opportunity can lead to drastic and unexpected consequences.

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If Jennifer were to make a deal with the Devil, she’d ask to live—in good health—just until she’s finished reading all the books. She figures that’s pretty square.
In case other bibliophiles attempt the same scheme, she’s working hard to get all her ideas on paper. She writes multi-genre fiction and the occasional essay and is currently working on a collection of shorts and two picture books that may or may not be suitable for children.
Edge of Sundown is her first novel. She’s always been drawn to “what-ifs” and flawed characters, and has never quite mastered the happy ending.
Jennifer is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Independent Writers of Chicago, and works at a private university library.

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