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Shepherd University student publishes first novel

ISSUED: 18 January 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University student publishes first novel)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University senior Rachel Stark, a communications and new media major from Petersburg, has written and published her first novel, "A Veil of Shattered Dreams."

The novel is described as an intense psychological journey from beginning to end. It is the story of Katerina who is struggling to piece together the lost fragments of truth and reality of the dark past that she has forced herself to forget. Stark said it is a journey through the mind and events that happen to the main character who is unable to ascertain what is real and what is not.

"The story evolved from a dream that I had about a young girl who fell in love with a person she met in her dream," Stark said. Her editors and she found potential in that idea which she developed into a unique story with a high sense of realism.

"It is definitely more complex than I ever imagined," Stark said.

The title is a metaphor for the sense of denial that separates the protagonist from herself. The veil of shattered dreams is a barrier that she has forced into her mind to block the painful and traumatic memories of her past experiences, Stark said.

The novel originated as a product of Stark's college internship with Cressen Books, LLC, a publishing company in Gerrardstown. Stark said after her internship, they loved the story and asked her to sign as an author with them.

Stark said she wrote the book over six to eight months with her editors editing chapter by chapter.

"The writing process for this novel was one of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life," she said.

Two other Shepherd students, Caitlyn See, a communications major from Moorefield, and Danielle Gesford, a photography major from Hagerstown, Maryland, collaborated with Stark on the final product. See posed for the book's cover. Gesford photographed and helped design it.

Stark said working with See and Gesford was amazing and that they have exceptional skill and are some of the most talented people with whom she has worked.

"Somehow they were able to translate exactly what I wanted into the cover," she said. "Starting out I did not know what the finished product would look like, but I am so in love with the cover and am still in awe every time that I look at it."

"A Veil of Shattered Dreams" is available on Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook and at . For information about the book go to .


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