I started the journey of writing The Shadow Of All Things shortly after finishing my Nightfall Gardens series. I knew two things when I began mapping the book out. I wanted to write something set in New York City, a city that I love, but where the divide between rich and poor, and the haves and have nots, couldn’t be more starkly illuminated. And I also had the first scene emblazoned on my mind.
It came while I was stuck in a subway train under the East River and the lights clicked out for a few seconds. The smartphones and iPads cast the darkened car in an eerie glow and my mind immediately started playing with
Almost two years have passed since that happened: two years of tumultuous upheavals, big and small, in our little corners of the globe and around the world. There’s never been a period in my life that so much change seems to be happening to so many in such a short period. The Shadow Of All Things was written in that whirlwind and I’ve tried to do my best to write an entertaining story that also touches on the fear permeating our times.
I’d like to thank the artist Colleen Stiles for her patience as we navigated this long strange trip. I missed several deadlines and we went back to the drawing board on the cover and illustrations (that I’ll reveal in the not far future) several times before we settled on the one you are looking at now. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. The cover pays respect to NYC and also captures a foreboding, anxious quality in the text.
Thanks so much to my family, friends and of course, the readers of my books for bearing with me. The Shadow Of All Things will be coming out in late May. Stay tuned for more details including an autographed copy of the book, illustration reveal and more.