Rudely awakened by a deadly home invasion, Dakota is thrust into a country at war. Realizing her home is compromised; Dakota is forced to make a long trek from the city of Minneapolis to the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains in order to survive. As Dakota tries to figure out what is happening in America, she learns to adapt to a world void of the society and technology that had been the foundation of her life. Fighting against the darkness threatening to consume her and making decisions she never expected to face, Dakota struggles to find peace, at least within herself. She strives to accept the loss of the life she’s dreamed of, while learning to live in the world that now exists. Wrought with dangers, both civil and wild, Dakota learns how to cope, finding love in the darkness around her.
Targeted Age Group:: New Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I began this story over 20 years ago while I was still in high school. I had been plagued with nightmares about the apocalypse, so I wrote about what I saw and felt in my dreams. I set it aside to raise my children and then returned to the manuscript in order to complete it – which I finally did!
Who are your favorite authors?
Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear (http://www.gear-gear.com/pb.shtml)
Stephenie Meyer (http://stepheniemeyer.com/)
Charlaine Harris (http://charlaineharris.com/)
Suzanne Collins (http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/)
Jean M Auel (http://www.jeanauel.com/)
Veronica Roth (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4039811.Veronica_Roth)
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Each character is a blend of someone I love with an element of my own personality. I felt that the group of characters needed to be realistic, but also, they needed to show how the different strengths we have as individuals makes us function better as a whole. I liked the idea of “It takes a village…” and I wanted to emphasize the idea that we all have something to contribute to the world; we need each other!
“We get complacent. In good times we tend to forget the bad. We tend to get greedy, wanting more and not realizing how good things really are. Maybe we need darkness to appreciate and understand the meaning of light?”
I wanted more than anything to connect to someone. I wanted to feel alive again. I just felt dead inside. I could understand how some people just gave up. This darkness was overwhelming.
“Even in darkness, there’s light. You just need to look for it.”
“Grace allows forgiveness and faith allows hope.”
There were a lot of dangers out there in the darkness. I couldn’t live in fear of all of them or I’d never really live at all. Besides, I was less afraid of the wildlife than I was of the human factors out there. A cougar may kill me for food to survive, but only humans would kill me for sport.
J.M. Northup is an American writer. She is a native Minnesotan and served honorably in the United States Air Force. She launched her literary career with the release of her self-published debut novel, FEARS OF DARKNESS. She then released SOUL SEARCHING: A Novella of Poetry and her second novel, A PRISONER WITHIN.
J.M. Northup is now a proud author with Creativia! Her new publisher will be republishing her novels under their expertise.
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