Author Of The Week: Chat with Amy Plum (Dreamfall), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Amy Plum (Dreamfall), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

Introducing Amy Plum, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Amy Plum is the author of the internationally bestselling DIE FOR ME books, a YA series set in Paris, which has been translated into thirteen languages. She followed that with the AFTER THE END series, a faux-post-apocalyptic action adventure duology. The first book of her YA horror duology, DREAMFALL, will be released by HarperTeen in 2017.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.

 

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Meet Dreamfall!

A Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Matrix in this gripping psychological thriller from international bestselling author Amy Plum. Seven teenagers who suffer from debilitating insomnia agree to take part in an experimental new procedure to cure it because they think it can’t get any worse. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

When the lab equipment malfunctions, the patients are plunged into a terrifying dreamworld where their worst nightmares have come to life—and they have no memory of how they got there. Hunted by monsters from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, these seven strangers will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

 

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YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I got the inspiration for this book from the story for a children’s picture book that I wrote but never published. (I know…horror for young children? I’m twisted.) I started with the idea of teenagers whose reality was reversed: their dreams were their real life and the real world only a dream. Then I had to figure out what would throw them into such a state…they had to be dreaming most of the time. I figured some sort of medical experiment might be able to create such a situation, but what would it be treating? And then it came to me…insomnia! I’ve had enough insomnia in my life to know that if it is prolonged enough, it is in itself a nightmare. And when I found out that the brain finishes myelination around age twenty, I had my reason for it to be teenagers who would be the focus of the test, the experiment only being able to be effective before the frontal cortex had finished that process. Otherwise, the Matrix was a big influence in the architecture of the Dreamfall—the alternate reality the teens are living in. 

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

This is always the hardest question to answer. ALL of the characters are my favorite! Don’t ask me to pick which of my children I love the most. :) 
But I’ll tell you about one who is very special to me. Jaime is a pre-med student on full-ride academic scholarship, having been raised in a super-rough part of Detroit. The thing that’s different about this character is that I never reveal their gender. I didn’t even let myself think of Jaime as a boy or a girl. My daughter begged me to tell her…just her…which Jaime was, and I said, “I don’t even know that myself!” “But you have to know!” she pleaded. “I won’t let myself know,” was my answer. 
Jaime is an experiment in reader expectations…half of my Beta readers thought Jaime was a boy and half a girl, so I felt like I had succeeded. Because just how important is gender, anyway? And which is more important—what the author wants you to think, or how the reader interprets the characters and the story in their mind? The fate of the sleepers depends on Jaime, who will have to risk everything to save them.
But then there is the dreamy (no pun intended) Fergus, who suffers from narcolepsy. There is Cata, who suffers PTSD from her violent childhood. Ant who is…just Ant. Quirky, strange, and super-intelligent. George who is kick-ass and funny. BethAnn who is trying to overcome overwhelming guilt over her part in her sister’s death. Sinclair, the spoiled rich kid with moviestar looks. And Remi, who was the only member of his family to survive a genocide. They all have enormous problems to overcome, and you should see how that plays out in their nightmares!

 

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

I wanted the title Evernight, but it had been taken a few years ago by the awesome Claudia Gray. So I worked with my editors on a list of alternate titles, and we finally narrowed it down to Dreamfall, but not until the book had already been written.

 

 

YABC:   What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The scene I’m most proud of? It might be the buried-alive with corpses scene. Because it was so freaking scary that I couldn’t even believe I was writing it. There was one point where my editor said, “Do we really have to get that gross?” And my response was an unequivocal YES!!! This is horror! It’s the only time you’re allowed to get cringe-worthily gross, so don’t skimp on the grossness. Go full-out shocking!

 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I absolutely love the cover. For one thing, the color of blue is just perfect. Blue comes into the story repeatedly: it’s the color of the door they have to pass through to get from The Void to the nightmares. And as soon as people see the hospital bed, they’re scared. But I love the way the cover artist, Jenna Stempel, morphs the hospital room into the woods in one of the dreams. And you should see how she continued this theme with the cover of Book 2 (NEVERWAKE). Nothing less than amazing!

 

 

YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2015? 

 My favorite book in 2015 was B.T. Gottfred’s The Nerdy and the Dirty. It is an absolute jewel of a book, and had me laughing out loud in so many places. I know I’m in love with a book when I can’t stop thinking about the characters afterward.

 

 

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

 What’s up next? Revising the sequel to DREAMFALL, NEVERWAKE. Which is twice as scary as Book 1. For once, I can’t wait to get my edits back from my editor because I can’t wait to revisit the Dreamfall universe!

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? 

Cata’s scenes including her background were hard to write. I drew heavily from my own childhood for her back story. I too had a violent childhood, and use everything from the spooky Antebellum house we lived in to the horrific dreams I had as a teenager to the razor strap my father used to beat me with. It was an exercise in redemption in a way…in purging the past, because I let Cata do what I did not: she told outsiders what was going on and got taken away from the situation by child protective services. As an adult and a writer, I was able to save Cata in a way that I couldn’t save myself, and though it was hard to dig that stuff up, I definitely found some healing in it. What some people don’t realize about horror: real life is can be as horrible, if not worse, than fiction.

 

 

 

 

Dreamfall 

By: Amy Plum

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017 

 

 

 

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Comments 16

Brenda on Monday, 24 April 2017 19:07

Hello! I'm answering the question for the giveaway of this book:
I think the cover is perfect. Blue is my favorite color, to begin with... so you can imagine the way my eyes delighted the moment I saw the cover! And what about the synopsis? Well, the book was written by Amy Plum, that's all I need to know, seriously. I've been wanting for a long time now to read something that really scares me -and that I like, since this year I didn't like any of the books I've read so far- so I hope this is the one. The idea of facing nightmares (like I do almost every day now) and of overcoming your past (also like I do...) is very important to me. Besides, I think that the combination of experiments + teenagers + bad dreams will be interesting to read!

Anyway, thank you so much for this opportunity.

Greetings from Argentina!

Brenda

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Hello! :D I'm answering the question for the giveaway of this book: I think the cover is perfect. Blue is my favorite color, to begin with... so you can imagine the way my eyes delighted the moment I saw the cover! And what about the synopsis? Well, the book was written by Amy Plum, that's all I need to know, seriously. I've been wanting for a long time now to read something that really scares me -and that I like, since this year I didn't like any of the books I've read so far- so I hope this is the one. The idea of facing nightmares (like I do almost every day now) and of overcoming your past (also like I do...) is very important to me. Besides, I think that the combination of experiments + teenagers + bad dreams will be interesting to read! Anyway, thank you so much for this opportunity. Greetings from Argentina! Brenda
Delaney on Monday, 24 April 2017 20:12

I'm sooooo excited for this book! It sounds so awesome and the cover is so creepy and cool!

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I'm sooooo excited for this book! It sounds so awesome and the cover is so creepy and cool!
John on Monday, 24 April 2017 21:05

The cover is eerie and spooky. The synopsis rocks!

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The cover is eerie and spooky. The synopsis rocks!
Demi Adrienne on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:40

I actually thought the book cover was a movie poster! Very well done! I love it so much. And the synopsis is also very movie-qualityish. I've read that this was optioned to become a TV series. Congratulations! Can't wait to read this book and watch the show. Sending lots of love from the Philippines ?

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I actually thought the book cover was a movie poster! Very well done! I love it so much. And the synopsis is also very movie-qualityish. I've read that this was optioned to become a TV series. Congratulations! Can't wait to read this book and watch the show. Sending lots of love from the Philippines ?
Lily M. on Monday, 01 May 2017 04:50

Oh man, this book sounds suspenseful, facing your nightmares, sounds scary.

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Oh man, this book sounds suspenseful, facing your nightmares, sounds scary.
Candice Gigous on Monday, 01 May 2017 09:15

The cover has a eerie feel which fits perfect with synopsis. The synopsis pulls you in for more. Sounds like an amazing read. I can't wait for this one.

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The cover has a eerie feel which fits perfect with synopsis. The synopsis pulls you in for more. Sounds like an amazing read. I can't wait for this one.
Anne on Monday, 01 May 2017 18:35

This sounds so good! I would love to read this! The cover is good too. It pulls me in!

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This sounds so good! I would love to read this! The cover is good too. It pulls me in!
Julie on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 03:09

I like the cover! It's creepy, and I like the color scheme. The plot sounds pretty cool too. I love psychological thrillers.

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I like the cover! It's creepy, and I like the color scheme. The plot sounds pretty cool too. I love psychological thrillers.
Shelly Hart on Thursday, 04 May 2017 22:03

Sounds good!Nice cover!

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Sounds good!Nice cover!
Tasha on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:21

I've had this book on my tbr list since it was first announced to be coming out! This book not only has a beautiful cover but sounds like an amazing & interesting read! I can't wait to be able to finally read it!

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I've had this book on my tbr list since it was first announced to be coming out! This book not only has a beautiful cover but sounds like an amazing & interesting read! I can't wait to be able to finally read it!
Kelly G on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:30

I LOVE the cover for this one, and the synopsis sounds so original!

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I LOVE the cover for this one, and the synopsis sounds so original!
Nancy Hernandez on Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:49

This book sounds so amazing I love a good mystery, suspense, and horror type book.Cover looks great too.

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This book sounds so amazing I love a good mystery, suspense, and horror type book.Cover looks great too.
Dan Denman on Sunday, 21 May 2017 13:28

The cover is creepy and cool! The synopsis makes me this will be a chilling dream world of terror!

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The cover is creepy and cool! The synopsis makes me this will be a chilling dream world of terror!
Dianna G. on Monday, 22 May 2017 19:43

The book summary already has my spine tingling. Love that cover. It reminds me of Salvador Dali.

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The book summary already has my spine tingling. Love that cover. It reminds me of Salvador Dali.
Christina on Monday, 22 May 2017 22:15

Wow, this looks good!

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Wow, this looks good!
Kristi Housman on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:33

All it took was this line "A Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Matrix" to get me interested. Love the cover, too.

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All it took was this line "A Nightmare on Elm Street meets The Matrix" to get me interested. Love the cover, too.

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