NY Times Bestselling Author, C. C. Hunter on Taken at Dusk

Author: C. C. Hunter

“Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.”

When I was approached to write a young adult series for St. Martin’s Press/Griffin, the first thing I did was to take a long stroll down Memory Lane.  Why did I do this?  Well, in order to create my characters, I needed to recall what it was like to be sixteen again.  What did I fear when I was that age?  What did I yearn for?

Taken at Dusk is the third book in my Shadow Falls series.  The story revolves around an insecure sixteen-year-old girl trying to walk through the landmines of adolescence.  With her parents divorcing, her grandparents dying, boyfriends wanting more than she’s ready to give, and girlfriends taking a detour to the wild side, Kylie has enough on her plate.  But when she’s sent to Shadow Falls, and learns she’s not human, her search for who she is turns into a pursuit of discovering what she is.

Set in a camp with vampires, werewolves, witches, faes and shape-shifters, the series takes the theme of a sixteen-year-old with an identity crisis to new heights.  However, Kylie’s journey of self-discovery, played out in the five books of the series, involves friendship, young love, acceptance and a yearning for courage, all of which are relatable and inspiring to teens and adults alike. Woven with humor, mystery, and a touch of fantasy, my goal was to write a story filled with characters easy to love and a plot that was hard to put down.  A story about supernatural beings whose choices, mistakes, and struggles can offer insight into being better humans.

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