A boy who wants to help and a girl who thinks there’s no way he can understand what she’s going through–that’s the story told in 100 Days of Sunlight, a new YA release with a heartwarming message of living in the light and understanding the beauty in being seen. The book quickly jumped to #1 New Release for its genre on Amazon, and there’s a good reason: It’s a strong, well-told story with a cover that’s visually stunning and instantly appealing. Now readers everywhere are squealing, laughing, and happily sighing about the book (at least, I am).
But for author Abbie Emmons, writing novels is nothing new.
“I completed 7 novels before I wrote 100 Days of Sunlight, and they all helped shape me to be the writer I am today,” Abbie said. “Also, I wrote so much fanfiction as a kid. I always look back on my older writings and think about how much every single word shaped me and improved my technique.”
100 Days of Sunlight was born during NaNoWriMo 2017. Abbie first came up with the story’s concept seven months beforehand, and when November rolled around, she was surprised at how quickly the words leaped onto the page: “Two weeks into NaNoWriMo, I reached my goal of 50,000 words and by the 27th day I had finished the whole book.”
Fast forward to today and 100 Days is out in the world after lots of editing and a long back-and-forth formatting process.
“I’m… a perfectionist, so I’m kind of obsessed with making sure I’ve crossed every t and dotted every i,” Abbie said about the indie publishing process.
Now a long list of 5-star reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon proves that readers (myself included) are falling in love with main characters Tessa and Weston, plus the overall aesthetic of the novel (which includes lots of sunlight, poetry, and waffles). Readers relate to Abbie’s well-drawn characters, and Abbie herself does, too.
“Tessa and I share a lot of the same personality traits and habits,” Abbie says about her character, who blogs, writes, eats lots of waffles, and reads lots of books. “I can also relate a lot to Tessa’s internal journey of coming out of her comfort zone to accept love and support from others, even when she feels like just closing up and hiding.” Abbie also adds that both herself and Tessa are INFJ’s.
And Abbie can see how she’s similar to Weston, too: “I can relate so much to his sunshiney optimism and sense of humor. At one point in the book, he says that he ‘laughs and cries at all the wrong times’ and I feel like that describes me pretty well.”
Abbie’s lifestyle focuses on multiple creative passions, and that’s what her blog centers on, too–not only does she write novels, but she’s a musician, and she even designed her own book cover for 100 Days.
“I always had a vision for what it would look like, and I find it easier to just make a thing myself rather than explain it to someone else, if I can,” she said. “Luckily, I spent most of my childhood playing on Photoshop with graphic design, so I was able to design the book cover without much struggle.”
Abbie’s daily life incorporates all of her passions with an impressive amount of discipline and a focus on productivity. A day in her life varies based on what projects she’s focusing on at the moment. She’s a big fan of calendar blocking to plan out her day, though, finding that this method helps her make the most of her time. “I like to accomplish my most time-sensitive tasks in the morning, then work on the important-not-urgent ones in the afternoon, and my evenings are designated for working on projects further down the road.”
100 Days of Sunlight is an amazing debut novel, but for Abbie’s blog subscribers who regularly read her beautiful words and recognize how hard she works every day, that’s no surprise. 100 Days is a must-have for your YA contemporary shelf and Abbie’s disciplined lifestyle is an inspiration for creatives everywhere.
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Have you read 100 Days of Sunlight yet? What did you think of it? How do you make time in your daily life to focus on your own creative passions?