Within the Shadows was originally written way back in 2010, when it was then known as ‘In the Shadows’. The book had been in partial draft from 2008, but, me being the ever pessimist, I thought, “nah, this won’t sell” or “people won’t like it” – yes, I am human. But, after having my littleboy in 2009, my sister Pamela spurred me on after having read the draft and loving it. Then our family went through the terrible loss of my sister’s little baby son dying in the summer of 2009. It was a devastating time for all of us. We are a close-knit family and are very private, and when the news hit that Liam had passed, our world crumbled.
You see, there are three girls, me being the eldest. And fate played a rather bizarre little trick on all three of us: we were all pregnant, with boys, all due within months of each other. I had Rory in April 2009, Genevieve had Eoin in May 2009, and Liam was due in August. It was exciting. The three of us, our growing bumps, the new lives we were excited to welcome into the family – the whole process of ‘sharing’ such an amazing experience, and then it fell apart.
I cannot describe to you the ache I felt, the guilt that my own little baby was fit and healthy, and there was my sister, touching her huge round bump and her child lifeless inside. I was angry with God, angry with the doctors for not spotting the warning signs the week before. I wanted to help her, but there was nothing I could do. My heart and soul broke.
Sometimes, when I try to imagine what it was like in that delivery suite as my nephew was born to eternal life, I cannot comprehend the utter fear or anguish I feel knowing that the room was full of silence. A silence filled with tears, broken hearts, and dreams.
When we laid Liam to rest 3 days later, I don’t think, to this day, I’ve ever felt grief like it. I would never wish that kind of loss on anyone.
Now, as you can imagine, having a baby is tough enough, especially when the blues hit, but, I fell into a deep depression. One that saw me going through the motions, on auto-pilot, doing all the things required of me, but not really ‘being’ there.
I poured my heart into the book. Much of the darker elements, interwoven themes and motifs are representations of that darker time in my life. I believe each character in the book embodies a part of me (most writers do). I suppose you could say that all the layers, the finer details, stuff that could be missed, in a sense, immortalizes the grief, and I couldn’t be prouder.
Within the Shadows is dedicated to Liam, and now that it has been optioned and in development for film, I feel like the soul of the story will live on, surpass any of my original dreams and expectations. How amazing is that?
This book is a story about broken dreams, loss, anger, betrayal, and self-discovery. It is a journey from the deepest, darkest pits of hell; a manifestation of finding the courage to take on those demons. To go to battle with the darkness, to overcome the pain.
Yes, there are vampires, shadow creatures, and dark entities – but c’mon, I’m a writer :)
Within the Shadows (Shadow World #1)
Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman’s life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle’s sanity and vitality. Not even she can hide when living within the shadows
Escaping Shadows (Shadow World #2)
Giselle has barely had time to accept her new life, never mind the prospect of motherhood, but she finds herself, yet again thrown into chaos, only this time there is more than just her life at stake.
With vampires and shadow creatures vying for her life, can Giselle escape the darkness consuming her, or will she finally descend into the world of shadows?
Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on her Shadows World novels and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.
Julieanne’s YA series, the Shadow World novels,thus far contains Within the Shadows & Escaping Shadows, the third installment, Fighting Shadows will be released in late 2015. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.
Dark paranormal fantasy that sees one girl fight for survival, even when the darkness tries to consume her.
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