Monday, March 19, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: D. F. Lamont

   Aside from writing, I run my own ad agency - Jetpack Media - in Winnipeg, Canada where I live  with my wife and children. 
   I’m also a musician and, according to author and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, an expert in “Many Worlds Theory.” 

Inspirations for the book?
I actually wrote the book to procrastinate from another book I was trying to write, and that I couldn't make work!
   I had a couple of inspirations: one was a dream I had form childhood - a dream within a dream. Another was my kids’ imaginary friends. I thought that imaginary friends were more common with only children, but my kids had not just one, but a network of them. 
   I also knew that imaginary friends disappeared. So I had this idea of combining the two, of having imaginary friends who disappear into a dream world at a certain point in kids’ lives, and that those friends are actually real. 
   So I sat down and on two pages of a notebook I wrote down some of my recurring dreams, and some of the 
Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
Yes. I actually got a little toy printing press - a little cheap one - and put out a couple of little pamphlets. 
   I’ve been working at writing for a long time. I started a student newspaper at college that was kind of like The Onion - funny articles, satirical reviews, and people really liked it. 
   That’s very different than story-telling, but I gradually built up some skills. 
   More recently, when I was writing press releases and ad copy, and my writing would be better than the end product, which is not what you want. And I thought “if my writing can be the end product, maybe I can sell that.” 
   You can have all these ideas, the hard part is unfolding them into a complete story. 
With my first book, the Jinx, what I really wanted to do was finish something. With this one, I wanted to make a story that was a little more emotional. 

Peanut Butter or Chocolate?
Both! Separately, or together. 

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
I do like writing to music, especially instrumentals. I bought a bunch of old 50s instrumentals - Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny, which is one of my favourite songs of all time, and some other instrumental singles. Some classical - I bought Bolero by Ravel, and it came on an album with more Ravel that I had never heard before - Daphnis and Chloe. So I listened to a lot of that. 

How long do you write on any average day?
When I am writing on a project, I try to write at least 1,000 words a day. That’s about four pages, so however long that takes. If the ideas are flowing, I may write more. 
Give us the number one reason to read Three Dreams Deep.
It’s a fun read that’s suspenseful, mysterious, and different from a lot of the other books that are out there. And it’s really good!
Author Info: D. F. Lamont

Three Dreams Deep   Who’s Dreaming Who? 
   In the middle of a dream, 13-year-old Willis Newman runs into Sala – a girl his age who says they used to be best friends. She needs his help to find her brother Miles, who has been lost for years on another level of reality – three dreams deep – and bring him back to the land of the living. 
   Can Sala be trusted? Can Miles be saved? 
   Or are they all just a figment of Willis’ imagination? 

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