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.
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.
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?
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.
By: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
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