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Waiting For A Star To Fall (Autumn Brody) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 24, 2015
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About the Author
You can thank A.C.’s first grade teacher for the interest in writing fiction. It was her casual comment on a mandatory daily journal, wherein she noted A.C.’s flair for storytelling, that planted the notion of writing full-length novels, poetry and short stories in an already overactive mind.
A.C. went to work quickly, burning through reams of paper with an ever-scribbling pen before turning to computers at age 14. The boreal world rejoiced, and A.C.’s range of writing grew from simplistic children’s tales rooted in wish to horror stories, thrillers, and psychological studies of damaged men and women thrown together by circumstance.
(Oh yes, and there was that novel-length X-Files fanfiction… but no one else ever read it so luckily, it doesn’t count.)
A.C. Dillon’s work is a natural evolution of over twenty years of reading and writing literature, and is characterized by the core elements existing fans have come to love: complex, realistic characters; witty dialogue; and an immersive narrative.
Between insomnia-fueled writing sessions, Dillon is an ardent animal lover who debates politics, obsessively collects music, and endlessly re-watches one of the most underrated films of all time: Empire Records.
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But just like she did in CHANGE OF SEASON, Ms. Dillon drew me in immediately with her characters and the emotional depth of the story.
If you like to read mystery or suspense novels, STAR is right up your alley. The storyline, which focuses on the paranormally-sensitive Autumn Brody and her dogged pursuit of the homicidal stalker who’s after her boarding school friend, Veronica, grabbed my interest right away. Like any good suspense story, the danger escalates at every turn and a fascinating cast of supporting characters kept me guessing about the killer’s identity from start to finish.
But STAR is more than a suspense novel. It’s a story of a young woman working her way through the aftermath of trauma and trying like hell to cling to the healing that she’s attained. Dillon draws this struggle in raw detail while keeping it both tender and immediate.
Picking up where CHANGE OF SEASON left off, the story begins with an Autumn who is excited about how wonderfully things are going for her: she’s about to start college, her debut novel just got published, and she has a smart, cute and swooningly understanding boyfriend, Andrew. (What could possibly go wrong?) Well, life being complex and this being fiction, the past is never really completely behind us. In Autumn's case, she’s haunted not only by the ghosts of her past (in the form of post-traumatic stress and generalized anxiety stemming from past traumas which form the core of STAR's predecessor, CHANGE OF SEASON), but also by actual spirits from the afterlife who reach out to her. That sort of this-world/otherworld duality lends a powerful resonance to the way trauma is experienced in Dillon’s story.
If you’re looking for a book with interesting, instantly-likeable characters, a plot that draws you in quickly and keeps you guessing until the end, and a treatment of trauma that’s both raw and hopeful, you’ll enjoy WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL.