Welcome to my website! I’m Sunshine. I am the author of Kill the DJ, Election Year 2050, Bad Reputation, and the Jennifer Jones: Vampire Hunter series. I am also the author of the novelette Beauty’s Only Skin Deep, and the short stories Killer Heels and Janie’s Got a Gun. Let me tell you a bit about myself.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas. There’s not a lot to do in Vegas when you’re under twenty-one, so I’ve spent most of my life finding ways to entertain myself. The two main forms of entertainment that I have had have been reading and writing. When I was two years old, I told my mom that I wanted to learn to read. She bought me Hooked on Phonics, and I fell in love with reading. I don’t remember when I started writing stories, but it must have been at a young age. In kindergarten, I was telling my friends stories at recess. My teacher told my mom I was a gifted writer, so my mom started signing me up for writing classes. When I was in fourth or fifth grade, I started writing what Tina Belcher would call “friend fiction”. It wasn’t “freaky” like hers, though. Mine was about my friends and I going on all kinds of adventures. I worked on my friend fiction, which was basically a never-ending story, for two years before I started creating my own characters.
When I was a freshman in high school, I discovered websites where you could post your stories. I was instantly hooked. I discovered fanfiction, which I thought was great writing practice. I posted a lot of fanfictions, along with a few original stories. During the spring of my freshman year, I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. When I found out she had written the book when she was sixteen years old, I thought to myself, “I could do that too.” The problem was, I didn’t have an idea good enough for a full-length story. I spent months trying to come up with just one good idea. And in August that year, I found my inspiration. I was listening to the Green Day song Kill the DJ, and began wondering why someone would want to kill a DJ. Then I saw someone on Twitter jokingly say that the government uses pop music to brainwash people. And with that tweet and the Green Day song in mind, my first book was born.
It took me three and a half years to write Kill the DJ. During that time, I battled bipolar disorder (My main obstacle in finishing the book), I was diagnosed with PCOS and Hashimoto’s disease, I graduated high school two years early, and graduated college with a degree in medical coding. I also studied physical therapy and mental health in college, but none of that was what I wanted to do, despite the very secure future I would have. So, I wrote. And on February 28th in 2017, I published Kill the DJ. It was an amazing feeling. Something I had worked extremely hard on was out in the world. And then, in the summer of 2017, I decided to publish Beauty’s Only Skin Deep. It was a novelette I had written the summer before after a dream I had about a group of girls who join a cult dedicated to beauty.
In 2018, I re-released Kill the DJ and Beauty’s Only Skin Deep. I also released Election Year 2050, a book which was inspired by the 2016 Presidential election. I also released Bad Reputation, as well as Daughter of Darkness, and Sorrow and Regret, the first two books in the Jennifer Jones: Vampire Hunter series.
In October of 2018, I suffered a serious case of creative burnout. In November, the day after my twenty-first birthday, I moved to Sandy Valley, a small town an hour outside of Vegas. With a much slower lifestyle, I eventually started writing again.
Now I’m writing five different books. But this time, I’m working at my own pace. I hope to begin publishing again by the end of this summer. I can’t wait for everyone to see what I have in store!