Novel Secrets: Violent Ends – Edited by Shaun Hutchinson
Sep 24th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer



Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson including authors: Kendare BlakeSteve BrezenoffDelilah S. DawsonTrish DollerMargie GelbwasserE.M. KokieCynthia Leitich Smith , Tom LeveenHannah MoskowitzElisa Nader , Beth RevisMindi ScottNeal ShustermanBrandon ShustermanCourtney SummersBlythe WoolstonChristine Johnson 

Published by: Simon Pulse23341259

Pub. date: September 1, 2015


It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.

This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.

NOVEL SECRET: “In Memory of Aunt Debbie”

By Shaun Hutchinson

Violent Ends is an anthology that’s not an anthology. It’s a book about a school shooter, with each chapter written by a different author from the point of view of someone connected to the shooter.  Because all of the characters live in a shared world, I created some characters, places, and information about the shooter before the authors began writing their stories.  As we moved forward, the other authors also added characters and places to the world.
One of the first characters I created was a teacher named Mrs. Recupido.  In the story, she’s an art teacher who interacts with a character in the story I wrote, “The Perfect Shot,” but winds up appearing in or is referenced in a few of the other stories.  In the stories, Mrs. Recupido is an inspiration to her students; the kind of teacher who goes out of her way to help and is genuinely interested in her students’ lives.  I based that character on my Aunt Debbie, who passed away suddenly when we were beginning to write these stories.  When I attended her funeral, hundreds of students—past and present—showed up to honor Aunt Debbie.  And including her in this book full of dark stories as an inspirational figure is my small way of honoring such an amazing person who was lost too soon.

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