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Age Group: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Between #2
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.
Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.
Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.
1. Describe WAKEWORLD in a tweet (140 characters or less)
Locked into Wakeworld by a power hungry dragon, Vivian joins forces with a rogue dreamshifter to rescue her lover and save the dream worlds
2. What is the hardest part about writing a second book in a series?
Expectations. Writing the first book, I was all safe and warm in my little writer coccoon with nobody to please but myself. When I went to write the second book this was no longer true. I had an editor to please, and readers who both loved and hated the first book. I didn’t want to let anybody down and I was sort of frozen for a bit.
3. What do you think the key to good world building is?
I think I’m still growing into world building. The ultimate master is Tolkien, but he spent years and years developing Middle Earth and I don’t have that kind of time and patience. It’s really important to think about all of the senses when you’re world building I think – how things look, and sound, and taste, and feel and smell. Plus paying some attention to things like politics and world history and mythology. Real worlds have a lot of depth to them and fantasy worlds need to have that too.
4. Which of your characters do you relate to the most and why?
Of all of my characters so far, that would be Jesse in the Dream Wars novellas. In the Books of the Between I somehow seem to relate to Zee and I’m not sure why. I certainly have nothing of the Warrior in me. Maybe it’s the artist side of him I connect to.
5. Where do you get most of your inspiration for your books?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Snatches of conversation, news stories, dreams, TV shows, other books. And often it just shows up from out of my subconscious and I have no idea where it actually came from.
6. What is something that we would be surprised to learn about Vivian?
She’s a terrible cook. Something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich tends to go badly.
7. If we were to have an author talent show, what would your talent be?
Oh dear. There was a time I could have played the piano for you, but I’m way out of practice. If you had an author talent show I’d probably run somewhere and hide.
Thanks so much for being here on Book Briefs, Kerry!
Thank you so much for having me!
Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people–usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up, preferably with something more interesting than a bomb. Dragons are good; exploding giant slime toads are even better. She has published two novels with Ace Books: BETWEEN, which was released in January 2013, and WAKEWORLD, slated to hit stores in January 2014. She is also the author of THE DREAM WARS novellas, available where electronic books are sold.
Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys.
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