Gabrielle Arrowsmith teaches middle school math by day, by night she writes a young-adult (Ages 14+) series. Concealed in the Shadows-her debut novel, followed by Released from the Darkness (Concealed in the Shadows) and she is now working on her third installment.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
Gabrielle: The idea for this novel came from a combination of three elements: the technological advancements in education (I am in my fifth year of teaching), my interest in/research about human chip implants, and a few inspiring young-adult series that left me with the need to try my own hand at writing.
Does your book tackle any social barriers?
Gabrielle: Yes! One theme throughout my novel is the importance of in-person connections. Some characters in my novel find great value in getting to know others, even strangers they happen to be sitting next to, while others immerse themselves in a sea of social technology and miss opportunities for new friendships. I think it's crucial to have time away from our phones, for example. This personal viewpoint is definitely evident in this story.
What are your future plans for this series?
Gabrielle: I am currently writing the third installment, which is off to an exciting start!
Let’s take a peek at Concealed in the Shadows:
Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033--her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.
What Sydney doesn't know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her--can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister's life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly...
How will she choose?
Concealed in the Shadows takes twists and turns in the story that a YA reader will not be expecting. It could be the book they can’t put down! An exciting read and perfect vacation gift.
Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203
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