A friend of mine dropped by the house today and we began talking of Dream State. We were supposed to have a taped Q/A to be aired on YouTube. Something happened to the plans and we came up with this idea as an alternative.
If after reading this, you would like to ask your own question, please feel free to leave me a comment.
Tell me about Dream State
A whirlwind of short stories combined into one narrative that will leave you perversely aroused.
What inspired you to write it
I started writing the different scenes as short stories during a time when I was in pain. While I was recovering I found that there might be a way to thread the stories together. The main character was then developed as a mechanism to weave the stories into a fabric.
What process did you use
The short stories were the easiest to write. Most of them only took a couple days each. Trying to bring a sense of realism to the narration behind and between the scenes was much more difficult. I must have read parts of the text 100 times before I decided to embellish it to a higher level of importance. Some of the background story detail was added while I was trying to bring the story to an acceptable length to be considered more than a short story.
Is this your first published novel
Yes. I have what I consider a very good contract with AEG and Eloquent books. From the time I decided to pursue publishing the story, I was willing to pursue any route necessary to put the story in the public. The offer from AEG came and I was more than willing to sign-up.
Tell me about Drew
What a fun guy to write. The introduction brings some of Drew's best features to light. His character is questionable to say the very least. The situation that he finds himself in allows him to be a very devious person.
What is your favorite scene in the book and why
I can't tell you the specifics of the scene or what happens in it, but what I can say is that the last scene is my favorite. There are so many loose ends that come together, many levels of emotion, and a very wicked little twist.
In what time frame does this story take place
The time is current day. There are however, multiple timelines on different levels happening simultaneously.
How were the characters developed
Each of the scenes were written in short story format, so that they could stand on their own. Drew came about as a way to weave all the scenes together. The longer I wove Drew into the plot the deeper he became. The stars of each scene were developed from snippets of how I perceive portions of personalities from people I know mixed all together with a lot of imagination.
Are any of the scenes based in reality
Most are really. The bar in DC is real, the tunnel exists, as does the Marriott. The Eden Roc really is in Miami, and it does have a glass walled tower. The picnic scene is from my memory of a little park in the town where I grew up in Indiana. As for the scene with the cedar trees, that layer of needles was from what I remember from a kid at my aunt's house, and my imagination.
What authors inspired you
Three. Stephen R. Donaldson, Dan Brown, and Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb.
Donaldson for his ability to describe despair and suck me into an environment.
Brown for his ability to make me see exactly what he saw when he looked at the architecture of Rome.
Roberts for her ability to make me believe in the ideal life.
What type of reader do you hope to attract
That's very interesting. The open minded fiction based thrill seekers that like a little violence with their sex.
What would you like the reader to get out of this book
These questions just keep surprising me. Primarily, I want the reader to ask "What?" I want them to wonder what caused the things that happened to happen, then to remember the reality of the situation. Secondly, I want them to talk about it with each other. It's a lot of fun. And third, but just as importantly, physical reaction.