In this interview with Blogger Shauna from Sunnyvale, CA, Shawn Burgess talks about his upcoming book, The Tear Collector, his past works, and his life.
“My debut novel, The Tear Collector, will be my first publication. I’ve written for years, especially in my teens and early twenties. I wrote a one-act play that opened four nights at the University of North Florida, which is probably the closest thing to publishing something. My ultimate dream and plan was always to be a novelist, but life happened somewhere in between, and my writing fell by the wayside. The Tear Collector is the first thing I wrote creatively in over twenty years and the first thing I ever submitted for publication.”
DM Shepard gives a thought-provoking review of Shawn Burgess’ upcoming Adult Fiction, Paranormal Thriller-Horror Novel, The Tear Collector.
“The parallels we find between fiction and real-life at times can be ironic and unsettling at the same time. Shawn Burgess’s The Tear Collector is paranormal thriller/horror novel about a group of boys in a small town who are trying to help the police find their missing classmate, Margo Combs. She’s an autistic girl who has gone missing in the woods. As the clues come unraveled and bodies pile up, they realize that Grief Hollow is more than just a name.”
She goes on to say, “I have mentioned it in other reviews. I hate the question, “what is this story like?” or “What author is this writing like?” But I do have to admit the theme and style in this story reminded me greatly of two stories by Stephen King: IT and the Body (better known as the movie Stand by Me). It also kind of reminded me of a mash-up of the Monster Squad and the Sandlot. Shawn uses the themes of camaraderie and support as the boys of the Markland X Crew are forced to band together to unravel the mystery of Grief Hollow or suffer the same fate as their classmates.”
To read more of her review, click here.
The Tear Collector – Coming This Fall