In her book “Shiloh Creek: The Closet,” Wynn tells stories of love, suspense and growing up, themes that are relevant to a young adult audience but also welcoming to all readers.
Inspired by a piece about an abused child she once saw on Facebook, Wynn said the basis of her story greatly revolves around the reality of abused children, even those who are poorly treated by the ones who should be protecting them.
After four years of writing as a hobby, Wynn said she created a slew of realistic scenarios, some that are also based in the greater Opelika area.
The scenarios of “Shiloh Creek: The Closet” follow the unlikely romance of 18-year-old Casey Reeves and 16-year-old Zeke Adams.
Casey and Zeke are two teenagers who plan to start the next chapter of their lives together at Auburn University.
Once Zeke realizes he can no longer handle the stress of his home life and overbearing mother, the two decide to run away together in search of a life of their own.
Through her first novel, Wynn delves into themes revolving around substance abuse, blossoming romance and the strength of love.
She also sets up the plot in two separate time periods, switching between story lines of different main characters.
This is the first book of what she said she hopes will eventually be three.
“‘Shiloh Creek: The Barn’ and ‘Shiloh Creek: The Alley’ are the other two ideas I have for Zeke (the main character),” she said.
Wynn recalled that her love of writing began at a very young age.
“I've always been a writer,” she said. “I've written poetry and short stories probably since fifth grade. I have always written as far back as I can remember."
“I remember writing three short stories in fifth-grade English class: one for myself and two for two friends of mine who gave me their ideas, and I wrote their short stories for them.”
As for advice for fellow aspiring writers, Wynn said, “Keep writing. Get with other writers to talk about your work. It really helps you look at your work when other people who are in the same position review your material.”
Partnering with Tate Publishing out of Mustang, Okla., it took just more than a year for Wynn’s story to be published and finally released courtesy of S.A. Wynn Sept. 25, 2012.