The Immortal Nightmare Cycle
By James Wymore
When you woke up in the middle of the night crying, your mother held you close. She told you dreams weren’t real, and they couldn’t hurt you. She lied.
Nightmares haunted Megan every night. Bordering on suicidal, her last hope is a new psychiatrist that tells her an unbelievable secret: dreams are real. The good news is that Megan can use this knowledge to fight back. The bad news is that it means her nightmares are living, breathing predators that will hunt her until she succumbs again unless she can destroy them.
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1) What is the working title of your next book?
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
In college, my friend R. A. Baxter and I decided on a whim to invent a fictional world, similar to what J. R. R. Tolkein did with Middle Earth. We stumbled upon a world of dreams and over the next ten years we brainstormed, mapped, and discovered an amazing place where every person on earth has the potential to be a super hero.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
The only perfect label would be speculative fiction. It has elements of contemporary sci-fi, urban fantasy, horror, and literary fiction.
4) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The difference between heroes and ordinary people is believing in dreams and paying the price to make them real.
5) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
6) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The actual writing of the first draft was several months, spread out over years. It came from a long journey. The first book I wrote in this setting, was over five years ago. It was a terrible thing, channeling movies and ideas buried in my subconscious since childhood. I started over and wrote a terrible book with ideas completely overpowering the characters. After I finished it, let it sit for a while, and got some feedback; I realized it wasn’t the right place to start. So I backed up and wrote a prequel, which developed some of the characters a lot better. After more feedback, I realized the book had too many protagonists. So I split it into two and filled out the smallest one. Thus, Exacting Essence was born.
7) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It is similar in some ways to From Dream to Dream by Arlene Golds.
8) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
After talking about the dream world for over five years, we both decided the idea was too incredible to keep to ourselves. We had both written books in the past and knew this world would be an amazing setting. Eventually, the ideas forced us to write them.
9) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
What if your dreams were real? Think about the consequences of dreams happening in a real dimension where people really interact. Imagine being able to dream up living creatures which become sentient just because you willed it. Could you face your nightmares if you knew they were alive?