Here you'll find answers to the most common questions about my book
Q:What is your book about?
My book centers around a pair of cities that are cut off from the rest of the world in a massive desert, but have come to terms with their isolation. Illamar is a model city, where people prosper and its clean and safe. Rheamyre is in chaos, controlled by dangerous gangs. These two cities depend on each to survive, but their coexistence is strained at best. The book is told from point of view of the two main characters from Illamar; Dante Montero, who rules Illamar, and his right-hand man, Kerran Gurtene, who runs the military in Illamar.
Overnight, the gangs in Rheamyre are overrun, and a mysterious stranger begins assuming control of the city. Naturally this causes concern in Illamar. They can’t figure out what is happening. All they can come up with is a name; Rasheim. From here, their world gets rocked and turned upside down. Both the main characters are forced outside their comfort zone and have to adapt to the situation before them. The stakes are too high; their city is at risk, so they cannot fail.
Dante and Kerran scramble to discover the truth about Rasheim, and in doing so are exposed to forgotten truths about the history of their ancestors, and therefore also about themselves. They discover a lost civilization beyond the safety of their city walls, along with a whole world of power and conflict. The true reason for their isolation is revealed, as well as the fact that the same thing which has created the isolation around their cities is about to become the cause of their imminent destruction.
Kerran has a harder time than Dante through all this, he is more impulsive than Dante. But the experiences teach Kerran things about himself he would never have known otherwise, and both men grow as individuals because of all the adjustments they are forced to make. It is also a story about friendship; we watch the friendship between these two men grow as they go through all this, and we see the difference it makes that they literally have each other’s back at times. At the end of the story, despite all the trials they go through, they are still the best of friends.
Q:Why did you decide to write it?
I am very interested in ancient history, and I spend a lot of time reading about ancient times and lost civilizations, and how climates in regions have altered over time. I have also always been a huge fan of fantasy and Sci-Fi. I started mixing elements of the two things together, and I was immediately struck with the idea of the lost civilization still being alive, just forgotten. The imagery that came to mind was so powerful, I just had to write it down. As I went further into it and discovered all the characters, it became a real world for me. And I think Dante and Kerran have a valid voice that resonates with a lot of people today.
Q:How did you get your book published?
I knew I wanted to self-publish my book. After doing a lot of research, it seemed the easiest way, since if you are an unknown author you’re chances of getting published via a traditional publishing company get lower by the day. Plus, with self publishing I didn’t have to worry about an editor wanting to alter my story. I found that Outskirts Press was ranked among the best publishing houses to use, and the best overall for the cost, and I haven’t looked back since.
Q:What types of readers will be interested in your book?
Obviously, anyone who enjoys the Fantasy/Science Fiction genre would enjoy it; but beyond that, anyone who enjoys a well-crafted story. My book does have a strong, heroic woman as one of the main characters. It is a fast moving story that quickly takes you to the heart of the action and dilemma faced by the two stars of the book- Dante Monterro and Kerran Gurtene. It has already been enjoyed by people of all ages; from young adult to mature adult. If you are a person that enjoys to read, then you will definitely enjoy my book. It follows a non-conventional path that should intrigue even the most experienced fantasy, Sci-Fi, mystery, or fiction reader.
Q:What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
I take what I consider to be a more classical approach to story telling. I leave a lot of the baser descriptions to the reader’s imaginings so I can focus more directly on moving the story along. This makes it appealing to more than just fantasy fans. I have had people read my book that actually do not like the fantasy genre at all, but they really enjoyed The Waking Dream. It carries a lot of focus on the characters, and how these two men discover hidden value in unexpected characters they encounter. This makes my story non-predictable yet identifiable to the reader.
Q:Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
I have not published any other books yet, but I certainly plan to. I have one that should be ready later this year, entitled “The Horsemen Will Ride”, which is another fantasy adventure story, in a completely separate world and setting from The Waking Dream. I also plan to publish the sequel to The Waking Dream in 2012, towards the end of the year. After that, I have plenty of characters lined to up keep me busy for years to come getting all their stories written down.