Hi there! Before we begin I wanted to extend a big thank you for having me here today. It’s truly an honor and I’m really excited to dig into this Q&A!
- What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. The fact that we, on average, spend twenty-five years of our lives asleep is crazy. So the notion that we might unknowingly be living a completely other life during that time doesn’t seem that fa-fetched or out of the realm of possibility. For me, at least. 😉
But what really jump-started me to write The Dreamer was actually a dream I had. One that lasted a whole week. Yes, you read correctly—a week! Each night it was like starting a movie right where I left off the night before, with the same characters and plot continuing on. It was so insane! Eventually these dreams stopped (pause for tears), but the idea of them stayed with me for a while. I ended up telling a friend about them, and from that conversation is where my idea for the series came about.
- Which writers inspire you?
Is it cheating to say all of them? Because it’s true. Every writer out there who attempts to tell and share his or her story is a huge inspiration for me to keep doing what I’m doing.
But if I had to call out certain names, I’d say Emma Raveling, Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Amy Bartol, Marissa Meyer, Jane Austin, Jandy Nelson, Samantha Young, Marie Lu, and Sarah Maas are pretty big inspirations when it comes to the books and genres I love.
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
This might seem like the opposite of what a protagonist is supposed to be, but I really wanted to start off writing a main character that was a bit…normal. Normal in the sense that she wasn’t already a kick-*ss heroine. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some tough chicas, but I wanted to tap into a person who felt very human and unassuming, at least in the beginning. Someone who won’t only ask herself how in the double-H-hockey-sticks she’ll be able to rise to this challenge, but so will the reader. Molly is someone who will grow tremendously in this trilogy, ending far from where she started out as a character, and my hope is that readers will take a similar journey along with her. As for what she does that is so special, there is definitely something, but you will just have to read to find out! 😉
- What genre are your books?
The Dreamland Series is new adult contemporary fantasy.
- What draws you to this genre?
I’m drawn to NA for somewhat selfish reasons. While I’m a huge YA fan—seriously will read practically anything in this genre—I also like to experience stories with characters in a similar life stage as I. Ones that have full-time jobs rather than high school classes, but this doesn’t mean I won’t write a YA novel at some point.
I’m drawn to contemporary fantasy because, well, a large part of me still believes in magic, and what’s better than to read worlds filled with it.
- Where do your ideas come from?
It might sound cliché, but almost everything can act as an inspiration for me—music, conversations, seeing something on the street, etc. My day job is in advertising, so I’m constantly watching and observing the things around me, waiting for inspiration to strike (living in New York City also helps). So yes, life itself, and the people, can be a really rich place to grab from.
Sometimes I’ll be hanging out at the park and imagining something insane that could suddenly burst from the sky. Or I’ll be on the subway and convince myself that we’re really on our way to a new civilization instead of commuting to work (still wish this was true sometimes). I like to think that a wandering mind is a powerful mind.
- Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I’m still in the middle of my promotions and marketing so don’t know if I can appropriately answer this yet. But I do know from some good bumps I’ve experienced in my book tour that getting your work in front of the right eyes can really move mountains and affect exposure. So to reiterate what I said in the beginning, thank you so much for having me here today!
- What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying? What does this mean to you?
I’ve talked about this one quote to a few people, but it really is one of my favorites. I don’t even know if this author is aware of how impactful it is, but if she should ever stumble across this Q&A, I would like to just say, THANK YOU! It has truly helped me stay motivated throughout this whole process of writing and self-publishing.
The quote is from author Julie Kagawa, and she wrote it in the acknowledgment section of one of her books.
“The ones who made it are the ones who never gave up.”
- What is your favourite book and why?
Do you see those sparks coming off my head? I think you might have blown a brain fuse with this question. Dear me. My favorite book…man, I really don’t think I can answer this, simply because I love all of them. Each holds a place in my heart.
10. What is your favourite quote and why?
Currently I have two. Both I love for their unapologetic truth and motivation.
“I don’t know who I am, but I might be a badass.”
—False Memory, by Dan Krakos
“I walked forward simply because there was no going back.”
—The Ondine Quartet, by Emma Raveling
The Dreamer Summary
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.
Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.
The first in a spellbinding contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamer opens doors into the subconscious and follows the journey of a young woman torn between two worlds as she questions the power of the mind and battles between fate and freewill.
E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.
Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.