By: E. J. Mellow
Publishing: October 17th, 2016 | Four Eyed Owl
Genres: New Adult (Fantasy, Romance)
Genres: New Adult (Fantasy, Romance)
A very warm welcome to E. J. Mellow; thank you for joining is atFiction Adventures.❦
1. Can you give us a brief overview of The Destined?
The Dreamland Series is an Award-Winning contemporary fantasy, with a touch of sci-fi, that delves into the power of the mind and what happens when a young woman falls in love with the man in her dreams and finds she must choose between two worlds.
2. How did the idea of the story come to you?
I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, and what jump-started me writing The Dreamer was an actual dream I had that lasted an entire week. With the same characters and the same plot continuing on each night. It felt like I was going to sleep and clicking on a TV show and…there was a guy…and yes, he was very good looking. Eventually these dreams stopped, but the idea stayed with me, which led me to write this series.
3. What can we expect in this final book of this series?
It’s a bit longer than The Divide (book 2), but for good reason. Molly and her friends get place in front of tough choices that test who they thought they were and who they eventually become. I really wanted this finale to be as epic as possible and answer all the questions readers might have had coming into it from the previous books. I think I’ve succeeded in this and am really happy with how I’ve concluded everything. Especially with how much these characters have grown to mean to me.4. What are 3 of your favourite lines/quotes from this book?
Oooh, this is a tough one. I think my favourite three would be:
- “Whatever he is trying to decide keeps my whole body on a precipice, waiting to fall, and at this very moment I don’t care how much it will hurt if I do.” — (The Dreamer)
- “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my time here, it’s that we can’t change the past, we can only try and guide the future.” — (TheDivide)
- “I searched for you in the stars tonight. But I found none that burned as bright as you.” — (The Destined)
5. Are you a plotter or a panster?
I’m definitely a plotter. I need to have a general plot and chapter outline to be able to start any story. Not only does it help keep my story elements organised, but I’m also HUGE fan of checking things off a list and having chapters to mark off as done is super satisfying. This doesn’t mean that I don’t deviate from what I first write down though. My characters definitely tend to go where they want at times, which I think is the fun part of writing fiction, when your story takes on a life of its own.
6. How much of yourself is reflected in this book, and how?
It’s funny, I was first going to answer this by saying not that much, but on second inspection I think a great deal of myself is reflected in this series. Not with the main character Molly, but more in the sense that a part of me definitely daydreams about there being another world or dimension out there. Plus, a lot of stories I was reading had fantastical elements come into character’s lives when they were young, right before they turned sixteen or eighteen and as someone that has passed this “magical” age it can make one’s own life feel…stagnant.
As though grown-ups don’t get to go on adventures anymore. This realisation was actually a big reason why I decided to write The Dreamland Series as New Adult, with characters in their twenties and thirties. I wanted to explore a protagonist who was more set in their ways, had “real life” responsibilities, and what would happen if they got thrust into situations like Young Adult characters do. How could Molly help save a world while not getting fired from her job so she could pay her bills on time. Which is basically what I’d have to worry about if I was suddenly waking up in Terra ;).
7. Where do you do your best writing and do you like music or some other background noise; or do you need quiet?
I do my best writing either in my office or out at a coffee shop. And I definitely need to be listening to music, which changes depending on the scene I’m writing. It helps cement myself there. (The Dreamland Series Playlist)
8. Can you tell us something quirky about the book, its story or characters?
I’ve mentioned this one before, but names are extremely important in this series. As with dreams, everyone’s names have a specific correlation to what they represent as characters. So when choosing them I did a lot of research behind the meanings of each, making sure I selected ones that would invoke each characters strongest personality trait. If you ever wanted to do a little digging, look up the meanings of some because it will tell you a bit more about their ‘could be’ purpose or role in the books.
9. What are the best and worst parts of writing a book?
I think one difficultly about writing, specifically novels, is how solitary it is. You spend so much time in your own head and with your characters that when you step back, it’s hard to sometimes gauge the work. It’s also almost impossible to get anyone’s “quick” opinion on a book. That’s why in the early stages of developing new ideas, it’s really important to have the right team and trusted people around to bounce thoughts off of.
The best part of writing are definitely the worlds and characters I get to meet. I don’t even know where half of these things come from, but it’s always fun when a new character pops out onto the page. I also LOVE all the amazing (real life) people that I’ve met because of writing books. I can’t imagine my life without them.
10. Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shoutouts.
Oh man, will your blog have enough space for this?? Haha. To keep it from getting crazy, I’ll try to keep it general by saying I want to give a big shoutout to ALL my readers. I obviously would not be here without all of you buying and supporting this series with your pictures, tweets and messages. All these things are the kindle to keep my stories flowing and I completely appreciate each and every one of you. I want to thank my friends and family. I’m so lucky to have parents that have done nothing but encourage creativity and friends that have rooted for me from the very beginning.
My street team, the Mellow Misfits, these ladies are seriously the absolute greatest and I’m so blessed to have them in my corner. My beta readers and editors, um, can I say I wouldn’t have these books without you?? To Dan, who’s opinion I respect the most and who gravely accepts the role of my sound board in all things.
And last, but CERTAINLY not least, thank you, Amelia!! You have shown me only exuberance and support when it comes to be me and my work and I’m so humbled to be featured on your blog & channel! Big virtual hugs. xoxoxox❦Thank you so much for stopping by & for this amazing opportunity to get to know you a bit more. We will definitely be checking out The Dreamland Series very soon!