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Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.
Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel has earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.
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Have you read 13 TO LIFE yet? Whether you have, or haven't, Shannon's going to give us a bit of background information about both her story and characters!
1. Heroine's name, age, occupation: Jessica Alice Gillmansen, 16-17, high school student
2. Hero's name, age, occupation: Pietr Andreiovich Rusakova, 16-17, high school student
3. Heroine's favorite food: Not chocolate.
4. One thing the hero would never be caught dead doing: Precisely what he feels forced to do in Bargains and Betrayals, book 3 of the series
5. Subgenre: YA Paranormal
6. What do you think readers will like best about this book? Readers seem to really like the characters and that it keeps them turning pages long after they should have gone to sleep.
Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…
When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.
The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.