A.B. Shepherd grew up in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Australia once her children had grown and empty nest syndrome set in.
She now lives in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, with her husband and their imaginary friends.
She loves living near the Southern Ocean and often finds it inspiring. She can usually be found seaside at Port MacDonnell, or lost in a fantasy world.
If you’d like to learn more about A.B. Shepherd please visit her website at: http://abshepherd.net
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What's the story behind your latest book?
I sat down to write a story inspired by a TV show called UFO Chasers. It was going to be about a woman who becomes a UFO chaser, and has adventures and some harrowing encounters.
But what happened when I started writing the story was a very different experience. Once I'd started telling Cassie's story was something altogether different. I'm not in any way psychic, but it was as if Cassie took over the story and my idea was not HER story. Her story was Lifeboat, and it was what happened to her, for better or worse.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I considered going the traditional publishing route for about a minute I think. While there are pros to it, in my case it didn't make a whole lot of sense. First, Lifeboat doesn't really fit easily into a genre that is highly marketable, which is what most publishers are looking for. It is sci-fi, but it's soft sci-fi. It is aliens and UFOs which many people just will not read.. But it is much more than aliens and UFOs. It is a character driven story, and while it is a bit fantastical, it is, for the most part, not so far fetched that it couldn't be true. It is part womens fiction, part sci-fi, a whole lot of suspense, and just good fiction.
But what it is not, is easily marketable. A traditional publisher would probably not touch it.
But even if they would, well I just like having control over the whole thing. It is my baby and I don't want to make changes just to make it marketable. It would change the whole thing. I like have control over the story, over the cover, everything.
Shipwrecked on an isolated island...
How far would you go to help a new friend? Would you kill someone?
How do you know what is and isn't real?
When The Beacon beckons safe harbor isn't guaranteed.
*The Beacon contains discussion questions and is ideal for book clubs.
Cass Carmichael has lost everything; her husband, her son, and her will to live.
When natural disasters destroy the earth she is rescued by extra-terrestrials and taken to a new world where the human race can rebuild. But something is wrong here. Survivors are vanishing without a trace.
Can Cass unravel the riddle in time to save herself?
** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed the authors take on vampirism/werewolves and destiny. This is a solid YA novel with no sex and only the amount of violence appropriate to a vampire/werewolf novel. My only problem with it is a discrepancy that bothered me. At one point Jack and Silver figure out they can see memories if they touch an object together, but only if they touch it at the same time. Yet at least once Jack somehow managed to see memories when touching an object on his own.
I did like that this appears to be book one of a series and I would look forward to reading the rest of the story of Jack and Silver and their destinies.