‘Shatter’ is a novel by Nikki (Zacharias) Trionfo.
The 1997 graduate of East Union High is a California transplant living in the Utah town of Riverton with her husband, Mike Trionfo, and their five children.
“It’s normal (to have a big family) in Utah,” she said at Thursday’s book-signing event at the Manteca Branch Library.
This is her first book. It took Nikki Trionfo, who is a former teacher and active blogger, four years to write and put together ‘Shatter’ including finding a publisher (Sweet Water Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc. in Springville, UT).
“When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem becomes convinced the death was no accident – it was a conspiracy,” said the exert in her book.
The book takes place in the fictional town of Verona. For locals, Trionfo’s descriptions of the place, from the names of the streets to the local newspaper – the Verona Bulletin – screams Manteca.
No coincidence – she wrote on what she knew.
“I’ve always wanted to write a murder / mystery,” said Trionfo, who attended Brigham Young University and taught eighth graders at a Title I school at one point.
Her book is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Trionfo calls ‘Shatter’ her “smart-sleuthing teen murder mystery.”
The book won grand prize in LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Contest.
Her characters are loosely based on people she knows, with the two rivals being the Orchard Owners and the Crop Owners.
“My favorite part (of writing the book) was developing the characters,” she said.
The challenging part for her was formulating the actual events of the crime.
Trionfo has received plenty of raves in her first go-around on writing a book from fellow authors.
“Straddling the line between a coming-of-age heartbreak and a thriller murder mystery – Trionfo crafts a stunning debut novel that’ll keep you turning pages ‘til the end,” said Jolene Perry of ‘All the Forever Things.’
Added ‘Moth of the Flame’ writer Kathleen Dougherty: “Trionfo dazzles the reader with pitch-perfect characterization and a gripping portrayal of impending doom.”
Trionfo family made the trek from Utah to California by car. In that time, she’s visited her alma mater (East Union), New Vision High, and Great Valley Academy, meeting with students while promoting her book.
Nikki Trionfo has enjoyed being back home during the past week, seeing familiar faces and places.
“I really miss the sunsets here,” she said.
For more information, log on to www.nikkitrionfo.com.