Sunshine Somerville is a Science Fantasy author who loves blending genres. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book at the ripe old age of nine. Originally from the beachy side of Michigan, she now lives in the Detroit area with her husband, two fur babies, and one human daughter.
THE KOTA SERIES is a Science Fantasy epic based on youthful obsessions with X-Men, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Dark Angel, and A Wrinkle in Time.
THE ALT-WORLD CHRONICLES is an Urban Fantasy series inspired by weird recurring dreams, a brainstorming session in the shower, and one ridiculously hot summer lived in Kansas City.
A FAIRLY FAIRY TALE is Sunshine's first Middle Grade Fantasy book. She got the idea from her family's crest, which portrays a dragon shooting flames from both ends, and from a niece whose second favorite word is farts.
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Who are your favorite authors?
I loved C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle as a kid, and I still think they're most influential to my own writing. I love the usual suspects like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and George RR Martin. I've also really enjoyed reading indie authors, and some of those favorites are S. A. Hunt, Christina Moore, and Blake Rivers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 -- Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card. This was the first book I remember reading and thinking, "Ah-ha! I want to do this!" I'm usually good at seeing twists coming, but this one blew my mind. 2 -- The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. I love his use of language, wit, and dark moodiness. 3 -- Freedom in Exile, by the Dalai Lama. I was mad at China for probably too long after reading this. But I loved this insight into a religion and culture I'd know little about beforehand. And the Dalai Lama is a wonderful human being. 4 -- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. I don't reread books often, but I've reread this book many times. It's just a great, in-depth look at a multi-layered character. I get something different out of it each time, as I age and grow. 5 -- Dune, by Frank Herbert. Hands down the sci-fi book I'm most in awe of. And jealous of. I love good world-building, and this one is the absolute best, in my mind.