The Story Behind Hunting Daybreak by E.A. Chance
19 Jan 2021
By E.A Chance
I’ve always been fascinated with cosmology, so a few years ago, I got the spark of an idea about what it would be like to live in the aftermath of a global solar flare that has destroyed the power grid and decimated the human population. The Shattered Sunlight series is the result. When I began researching for the series, I never dreamed I’d be writing this story amid a global pandemic. There were days when I was creating Hunting Daybreak that what I wrote hit a little close to home. Fortunately, our situation is nowhere near as dire as what Dr. Riley Poole and company faced, and gratefully, we have an end in sight.
That’s not the case for Riley. Hunting Daybreak begins days after Riley has made the gut-wrenching choice to leave her thirteen-year-old daughter, Julia, behind at her uncle’s ranch in western Virginia and head out with her new husband, Coop, to learn the fate of her two younger children Colorado. Traveling on horseback, Riley and Coop run into trouble right away when they’re hit with drenching downpours that go on for days. Their journey only goes downhill from there.
Riley and Coop cross paths with old acquaintances early on and combined resources to travel together but soon learn that one member of their group has put them in grave danger. This forces them to stay one step ahead of a hostile, newly formed government. In the middle of all this chaos, Riley and Coop get life-altering news that further jeopardizes their trek’s success.
Will Riley have the wit and courage to cross a continent and reunite her family?
Riley has been one of my favorite characters to write because she’s tougher than she knows but only sees her flaws and weaknesses. She’s an orthopedic surgeon, which is a hugely male-dominated profession. She’s five-feet tall with fiery red curls and suffered from PTSD due to the tragic death of her first husband. She’s left alone to care for their three children and continue her medical practice. Believing she’s been dealt the worst life has to offer, she’s thrust into a devastating post-apocalyptic world.
Riley comes from a place where I believe most of us are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for. I’ve wondered many times in the past year how many of us have discovered an inner reserve we didn’t know we possessed? I’ve heard many say they’ve been pushed to the edge but have found the strength to continue, and sometimes thrive. To me, this is what life is about, growing, learning, overcoming, conquering! We all have that inner superhero. It’s only a matter of tapping into it.
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