Author: Lindsay Smith
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
Were any characters in your book inspired by people from your real life?
I see bits and pieces of people I know sprinkled throughout my characters, though I try not to base any single character off of any one person. I love to people-watch, so I’ll often make up personalities and backstories for random people I see–on the train, in a restaurant, and so on–and draw inspiration from there.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I had a lot of fun writing pretty much all of the scenes in Dreamstrider, but some of the really intense sequences inside the dreamworld were great fun! It was a challenge to keep track of how the dreamworld occurrences were affecting Livia’s real world, and vice versa, but it was so freeing and exciting to write.
What is your favorite quote from the book?
“I know what it is to crawl through the tunnels…, dragging a question behind me like a ball and chain: Why bother? Why fight?”
“Souls are surprisingly heavy things.”
Where is your favorite place to write?
I can write just about anywhere! I do like to leave the house to write–preferably a cafe with no WiFi, to minimize distractions–but I get a lot of work done in various places around the house. In wintertime, I especially like to cocoon in bed and write with about a zillion blankets.
If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
Oh, wow, that’s tough! I’m gonna go with Dostoevsky. I’m sure he has some awesome stories about being a revolutionary bada**, though he’d be depressing to listen to for long.
What song best represents Dreamstrider?
I’m on a big “Dark Doo Wop” (by MS MR) right now. It’s big and epic and dramatic and romantic and perfectly fits Livia’s situation as she tries to stop the dreamworld and real world from destroying each other. “This world is gonna burn, but as long as we’re going down, baby, you should stick around.”
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Always! I can’t resist asking “What if?” questions about places and scenarios and people. I’m always constructing narratives in my head, even if just for my own entertainment.
What are five random facts most people wouldn’t know about you?
- In high school, I played viola and keyboards for a goth rock band (though we spent more time on elaborate photo shoots than actual music).
- I once attended a reindeer festival in the middle of Siberia.
- I possess what could be called a TOO encyclopedic knowledge of all the James Bond movies.
- If I’m not working or reading, I’m probably playing video games.
- I really, really, really hate bananas.
Meet The Author
Author of YA historical thrillers Sekret and Skandal and the forthcoming YA fantasy Dreamstrider (all from Macmillan Children’s). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.
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