How can an author handle the sensitive topics of teen depression and suicide? It’s a tough road to follow for any writer, but Cowan’s narrative strikes a balance between dark humor and deep respect for the tough issues facing teens. In a narrative reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye, Hunter details his life in Camp Sunshine, a rehab center for depressed teens. He meets Corin, a beautiful and mysterious girl with a plan to break out of the camp. He has to choose between following Corin and escaping, or staying to finish the therapy he has begun.
I love the preview chapters a lot, as I found this book resonates with much of my memory of teenage years. Reviewers also appreciated the satire and brutal honesty of the tale. You can get Sunshine is Forever at Amazon or at its original Inkshares page.
if you’ve never heard of them, the IWSG is a huge group of bloggers who talk about the neurotic dangers of writing. Be sure to look around the huge list of blogs – there are always insightful and useful posts and helpful people.
I surprised myself with my writing for the Busan Writing Group, my local writing club. I was always certain before I fond them that sci-fi and fantasy would be my writing mainstays. When we got an anthology together for the first time, however, my story had no fantasy at all. It was a touching tribute to the loneliness of an expat’s first time in Korea, and an odd, sad love story. Shortly after, I had my first story published outside the BWG, and it had no fantasy or sci-fi at all either – just a confrontation between nephew and aunt over a dark secret.
In following anthologies, deep personal themes made up the basis, with fantasy in small doses. I’ve had a taste of a style I didn’t even realize was in me – a more literary, realistic scenario with the fantasy working its way in gradually. I still write full sci-fi and fantasy (as a glance around this blog will confirm), but for short stories, I think I’ll further explore this ‘realistic’ style and see how the weirder ideas play into it.