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Across the Worlds Event: Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the imaginative world of Dreamfall by Amy Plum! This is the first book in a brand new series from Amy and it features the dreamworld! This book sounds amazing, creepy and I can’t wait to read it!!! For my post today, I have a wonderful interview with Amy!!!

*Enter to win a copy of Dreamfall at the end of this post!*


Interview with Amy

Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off can you tell us a little bit about your book and where you got the inspiration to write it??

Amy: Years ago, I had an idea for a picture book where a little boy lived in his adventure-packed dreams and kept trying to return to the real world (to his bedroom, where his mother was waiting to smooth his hair). That idea was panned by my then-agent, but the idea stuck in my mind, and when it was time to think of a new Young Adult book to write, I decided to translate the concept to the teenage world. Teenagers stuck in their dreams, trying to return to the real world. And to up the ante, I made the rule that they could only be nightmares, not good dreams. I had to concoct a way for several teenagers to be stuck in their nightmares, so I came up with the idea that they were all a part of a cutting-edge medical trial (to cure chronic insomnia) gone terribly wrong. After that, I upped the ante once again: if they died in the nightmares, they died in real life.

DFT: Since we are featuring the amazing world you created in the event can you describe a little bit what the Dreamfall world is like?

Amy: The Dreamfall world exists in the minds of the seven teenagers who are a part of the medical trial. It is a type of Matrix-style space that rotates between two places: The Void and the nightmares. The Void is an in-between space that is completely neutral, where they can rest and strategize and try to figure out what is happening to them. The nightmares rotate from mind to mind. One nightmare will, for example, be from the mind of Catalina Cordova, who suffers post-traumatic stress disorder from an abusive childhood. The next will be from the mind of Fergus Willson, who has narcolepsy, and whose inspirational speaker father believe his disease is something he can overcome by the will-power. So one of Cata’s dreams is set in her spooky antebellum home, and involves being chased by a flayed man. And Fergus’s is a cave with a mucous-filled lake teeming with blue Gollum-like monsters. The nightmare world changes depending on whose mind is generating it.

DFT: If you could visit one place in your book where would it be and why?

Amy: Well, since all of the places in my book are potentially lethal, I would probably avoid most of them. But, if forced to choose, I would pick the graveyard scene, where some of our characters are buried in a group-coffin with dead children. However, I would want to be up above-ground with the others, trying to free them before the door to the Void closes.

DFT: What do you think is the most important skill you would need to survive in the world of Dreamfall?

Amy: Insight into the other characters and their skills so that I could make the best suggestions for us to overcome our obstacles.

DFT: I love how you came up with the idea of the characters living in their own nightmares! If you were to visit the dreamworlds what would your nightmare be like?  

 Amy: My nightmares are Cata’s from when I was sixteen. Word for word, image for image.

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, can you tell us your favorite scene to write? 

Amy: The buried-in-a-coffin-with-dead-kids scene. Since it is so unrealistic (unlike the post-genocide scene, which I scaled back because things like that actually can—and do—take place), I went all-out with the grossness. At one point, where one of the characters has to break the fingers of one of the corpses to get something out of its hand, my editor said, “Isn’t this a bit over-the-top gory?” I responded, “This is horror. It’s SUPPOSED to be over-the-top gory!” To my delight, she let me keep it in the book.

DFT: This is the first book in the series so I was wondering if you could give us any hints as to what we can expect from book 2? 

Amy: Yes. I actually wanted this to be one book, so it was difficult to decide how to split it into two. And I’m sorry to say, book one does end on a cliffie. But it’s so hard to resolve something…temporarily. So Book 1 sees all of the characters confronting their worst nightmares pretty much ineffectually. Book 2 sees each one of them confronting a different nightmare, and this time figuring out how to overcome it…with the help of the others. I promise you, there is strength and resolution. Just not right away. :D


Amy PlumAbout Amy:

Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR MEUNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into thirteen languages. The fourth and fifth books are digital novellas, entitled DIE FOR HER and DIE ONCE MORE. Amy’s newest series is a duology: AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING.

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.

You can visit Amy around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter

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This contest is provided by Harper Teen & Amy Plum!

One lucky reader will win a finished copy of Dreamfall and a signed bookplate!!


Available May 2, 2017 by HarperTeen

About this Book:

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others 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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11 Responses to “Across the Worlds Event: Dreamfall by Amy Plum

  1. cyborgcinderellaNo Gravatar

    This world sounds hella creepy, so I think I’ll stay away ?

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  2. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    This world would give me nightmares. I’ll stay here and read from afar.

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  3. Kimberly VanderbloomNo Gravatar

    I don’t want to visit but I want to read about it

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  4. ChristinaNo Gravatar

    This sounds so eerily good – I’ve never read anything like it before! Sounds super cool

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  5. Nancy HernandezNo Gravatar

    I would like to visit as a amusement park ride but that would be it. Too scary to be real.

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  6. John SmithNo Gravatar

    “Would you want to visit this world?” But I’m already in this world, what do you mean? Regarding *that* world–maybe, maybe not.

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  7. Amber BourlandNo Gravatar

    I think it sounds creepy and awesome, so yes, I’d love to take a little visit. As long as I don’t have to stay!

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  8. NatashaNo Gravatar

    I would love to visit!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. TheresaNo Gravatar

    I’m not sure if I’d want to visit. I’m not big on creepy places and since these can be lethal as well, I’d have to go with count me out!

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  10. Katrina CNo Gravatar

    No! I would not want to me in a scary dream world!

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  11. Amanda MorenoNo Gravatar

    I would love to read about this, it sounds soooo scary! Eek

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