|The 2nd Book in the Dormia Series|
What was your original inspiration for Dormia?
Jake and I began by talking about sleep. Our friends all had strange stories of sleepwalking, sleepdreaming, and doing altogether strange things while fast asleep. We realized that sleep is something very mysterious and yet all of us do it every day. We did a little more research (for example, about hypnagogia, the transition state between being awake and asleep) and began coming up with characters. The original title was "Sleepy Big-Time"!
What is it like co-authoring a book?
It's wonderful. Jake is not only a creative partner but one of my best friends. Writing can be pretty lonely, and to have someone sharing that process is so great. We share the ups, the downs, and the dreams about future books.
Who is your favorite character in the Dormia Trilogy? Why?
I really love Alfonso and Bilblox, and their friendship. They are totally different, and yet their devotion to each other is always an inspiration to write.
What inspires you to write?
I remember being that kid who would pick up books and enter the world of the book. It was like time travel, except you did it in your mind. Reading books and experiencing all that they have to offer is one of the greatest parts of being alive!
Do you or Jake have favorite authors who may have inspired you to pursue your dreams?
We have a long list - but Tolkien, Hemingway, Jack London are definitely among the top!
How long does it take to write each book?
It depends - anywhere from a year to about 2-3 years.
What is the best way to become a better writer?
Write every day, and read a lot. There are no shortcuts - keep writing
Will there be more books?
We're finished with the third book right now, and hope it will be released very soon. It's called the Shadow Tree, and it's the finale of the trilogy. Our publisher is considering it now. The best way to get this thing released quickly is to buy copies of the first 2 books, and especially the second book - World's End. The publisher needs to see more sales before they'll sign off on releasing it. In the meantime, check out our Facebook fan page - Fans of Dormia - for updates and hints. We've also begun an entirely new book that we're super excited about! Our tentative title is: Night Cycle. We'll have more to say about that soon - stay tuned via our Facebook page!9) Will there be author signings in the United States? Definitely. Jake is doing just that all over the East Coast, and I'm doing it in the Midwest. We'd love to go to other places as well, and we love speaking to schools. If you're a bookstore or school that's interested, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a teacher and mom, I would definitely encourage you to buy and read these books! We can't wait for the 3rd book in the series, and we know you will be hooked as well!
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