Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood (Book 1 in the Vanished from Dust series)
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Book Title: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood (Book 1 in the Vanished from Dust series)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 16th, 2013
Published by Createspace
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A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.
HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .
Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?
No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.
Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.
They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.
They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”
Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?
Will they find a way back home?
Or will they be lost forever?
The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.
“I’m not crazy,” Eric Stark shouted at the crowd of seventh graders as they surrounded him. He looked up from the ground, which consisted of patches of grass and dirt, to see the sunlight glinting off of the metal braces of a girl with pigtails as she pointed and laughed with the rest of them. Another boy kicked him in the stomach, causing him to retreat into a fetal position to guard against another blow.
“Oh yeah?” Greg Coffey asked as he towered over Eric. His lip was curled, showing his crooked, heavily stained teeth. “What happened last week in class? You said, ‘They’re watching me.’ Remember that, loser?”
“I didn’t say that.” Eric tried to get up, but Greg pushed him back down and kicked dirt in his face. Eric rubbed his burning eyes with both hands. When he opened them he saw four more kids sneering over him, all laughing at his expense. Where was a teacher when you needed one? The hot Texas sun was high on the horizon, almost blinding him as he stared back at his tormentors. Sweat was pouring from his brow, mixing with the tears that streamed down his face.
“Yeah you did,” Adam Marshall said with a smirk. “You’re going off the rails, crazy train.”
“I like that—crazy train. Just like the song,” Greg said. He laughed and gave Adam a high five. “That’s your new name. Like it?” Greg kicked another pile of dirt at Eric. Eric tried to spit it out, but his entire face was covered in a muddy film. He wished that he’d just kept his mouth shut about it, but it was too late now. News traveled fast in a small town, and he was sure everyone thought he was insane by now.
He didn’t know what he was.
“Leave him alone,” a kid said. He leaned over to help Eric to his feet. “I don’t like bullies.”
“Stay out of it, new kid.” Greg said and gave him a scowling stare.
“Or what?” The kid got closer.
“Let’s go,” Adam said. “There’s a teacher coming.” He slapped Greg on the shoulder.
“This ain’t over,” Greg said as he walked away. “Thanks,” Eric said.
“I’m Kyle Barrett,” the kid said, extending his hand.
Eric shook it. “Did you just move here?”
“Yeah, this is my first day,” Kyle said. “It’s hard being the new kid. No one talks to you.”
“No one talks to me either, except to make fun of me,” Eric said.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author? I felt compelled at an early age to create stories, but it wasn’t until college that I realized I wanted to be an author. At the time, I was juggling multiple priorities so my writing never received the attention it deserved.
Where did you get ideas for your books? This is a tough question that I’m sure many authors struggle to answer. On one hand, some may argue their ideas come from an unknown part of their mind. While I partly agree with this argument, I really think ideas are spawned from an author’s experiences or exposures in life. My ideas began after being exposed to great books and countless life experiences. For instance, I first learned of parallel worlds by reading The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King, and my fascination of time travel originated from the Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
What do you think makes a good story? A good story is one that captures the imagination of the reader and causes them to think about it well after they’ve finished reading it.
Who are some of your favorite Authors? Too many to count! But, if I must answer I would have to say Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Pittacus Lore and Dean Koontz.
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing? I had an English college professor during my undergrad that helped me recognize my knack for creating a story. She gave me great feedback on improving my writing skills and encouraged me to write without fear. Stephen King’s books were also a huge influence on me since I really like his style and literary voice.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Paranormal Writer that you gravitate toward True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and others that center around Preternatural or Supernatural Creatures? Yep, you guessed it. I’m drawn to any show with paranormal elements. It always feels like real-life drama is less interesting than the imaginary world of the paranormal. I’m a fan of True Blood (not so much in the final season), Ghost Hunters, Being Human, and Penny Dreadful. Also, I love the new series The Strain.
How are your Supernaturals different from the traditional mythology? Honestly, I can’t say I’ve read or seen anything close to the supernaturals in my story. The closest I’ve seen are what people call shadow people. The distinction could clearly be made between the two because the phantoms in my story can actually hurt you.
What is your view on the Paranormal “Craze” that’s going on, do you feel that it is a fad that people will look back on and laugh or a lasting interest that will birth classics to come? People are always going to be attracted to the paranormal because it makes ordinary life interesting. If you think about it, people have been fascinated with supernatural creatures and the paranormal for thousands of years.
What other genres do you write? New Adult and Adult
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be? Always believe in yourself and remember writing is supposed to be fun. The moment it stops being fun is when you need to rediscover your original passion for the craft and let go of the obstacles holding you back. In addition, you should never grow complacent with your personal growth. You must continue to learn, read, and improve your writing skills.
What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)? Be supportive of the creative process. Also, please be honest and provide constructive criticism to help the author improve his or her writing skills. We may not always like negative feedback, but it’s a necessary part of the self-improvement process.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers? Vanished from Dust II: The Illusion of Home, will be released early 2015.
Shea Norwood is an emerging author and native of West Texas that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son.He was drawn to writing at an early age and recently rekindled this passion after dusting off a decade-old manuscript, titled Vanished from Dust. The fictional town of Dust is loosely based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.
When he’s not writing, Shea loves to spend time with this family, read, and is a frequent globetrotter. His travels have taken him to France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Mexico. Shea writes Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Mystery.
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