When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams. Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteen-year-old young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated by an abusive mother and an imagined alternate world that exists only in her mind’s eye. Can she keep track of which is real—and whether or not she is real, too? Schasm is the mind-bending young adult romance by Shari J. Ryan that mines the heart of darkness, where one young woman seeks light in her own shimmering daydreams.
A psychological condition has captured the body, mind, and soul of Chloe, and thrust her into the hands of probing doctors at the continued mercy of her tyrannical mother. As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father. When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel. However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't.
Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world. As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence. Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seems.
The pitfalls of your own imaginary haven
Being a writer often means that you have to lose your mind in order to find it again (In my personal experience). This seems to happen to me on a daily basis. Could I be alone with this? All writers must have a little bit of crazy in them, right?
When my imagination begins to run away, I can't always catch up to it. My thought process seems to take many sharp turns and rarely moves in a straight line, causing difficulty when it comes to focusing on one part of a story at a time. While writer's block doesn't typically affect me, I instead find myself barricaded between many scattered thoughts hitting me all at one time. Because I have a tendency of wanting to use every idea I come up with (Even if it doesn't fit), I tend to argue with myself on which ideas to keep and which to save for another story.
Because of the way my thought process seems to flow, I feel that Schasm was a great writing experience for my first book. My main Character, Chloe, lives with a psychological condition that enables her to live an alternate life, but only through her daydreams. Her mind doesn't work in normal ways, so she attempts to live in multiple realities in search of happiness, an emotion that has long been missing from her life. But when she goes too far into her own mind, she loses track of what was once real and what is becoming real. Just like Chloe, my writing sometimes appears to travel on a similar thought train.
About the author:
Shari J. Ryan has always dreamt of becoming an author and finally decided it was time to pursue her lifelong aspiration by writing her debut young adult novel, Schasm. She has long nurtured a passion for art, reading, and writing, and those hobbies have become a mental escape from her busy life. In the past year, she has put her heart and soul into the creation of her novel, which has taught her that it is never too late and nothing is too hard. The author graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Johnson & Wales University and has written hundreds of articles for various online publications. She is married with two sons.