Dreamer (Traveler #2)
By: L.E. DeLano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.
You’re still you no matter where you go.
Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.
In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L. E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.
1) What is on your desk or where you write? What do you need to write? Do you have a writer’s survival kit?
I always kind of laugh at this question. I have no “writer’s nook”, no “writing rituals”- none of that sacred writing space sort of stuff. I’m a single mom with a full time job and two kids – one of whom is special-needs. I write whenever and wherever I get a chance, with a laptop on my lap, my kitchen table, or a café table, if I’m lucky enough to get away. I can write with the TV and dishwasher on, while one kid is singing and the other is yelling at him to shut up. I think it’s made me a better writer.
2) What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster? Which do you prefer: drafting or revising?
I’m a total pantser, almost to an embarrassing degree. And I honestly feel my best work is done on the revisions.
3) What is your number one writing tip?
“A published book is a finished book. Just write the damn thing and stop second-guessing yourself.”
4) Describe you book in 5 words or less.
Discover every version of you.
5) A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete. What are some “fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?
Ben was originally a time traveler, which explains his outstanding historical knowledge.
In Pirate Finn’s reality, his Jessa was pregnant in early drafts of the story, making his loss all the more poignant.
In the very first outline of the overall story, “Mario” was going to be revealed as actually being a subconscious manifestation of Danny, Jessa’s brother.
6) Do you have a special story, a discovery you made while doing research, or an innocuous thought that grew into something bigger that is behind your inspiration for DREAMER?
When I was eight, we lived in England for a time, and I had just finished watching a BBC production of “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” As I walked down the hall to my room, I passed a large, ornate mirror in a darkened hallway. I paused a moment to look, and I swear to you I saw the “other” me blink. To this day I get a shiver if I pass a darkened mirror. It was out of that memory that TRAVELER and DREAMER were born.
7) Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?
My favorite character to write was Danny, because he is one hundred percent my son, pulled from real-life. And he’s hilarious and full of heart. The hardest was my villain (not spoiling the name) because of their flair for the dramatic. I didn’t want to take that too far.
8) If you could ask a character of your choice from DREAMER one question what would it be?
I’d ask Ben if he’s jealous of Jessa’s power. C’mon . . . he’s got to be at least a little.
9) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc.)?
Northern Lights. That chapter is pure wonder and the stirrings of something deeper. I love that chapter.
10) Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book? Or a scene that made you very emotional?
There is a scene near the end that ripped my heart clean out, and it has to do with Danny. That one left me a sobbing mess and I had to go for a looong walk after I wrote it.
11) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting DREAMER (about the main character, their love interest, the antagonist, their world/home town, their situation, etc?)
Glad you asked this one! DREAMER is a sequel, so of course, it’s ideal if you read TRAVELER first. But the bottom-line things you need to know are: Jessa can step through mirrors into other versions of herself, and even though she may be in different circumstances, the things that make her fundamentally herself are unchanged. Ben is her best friend – hell, he’s her only friend because she’s such an introvert – and in one of Jessa’s alternate realities he’s a lot more. Finn has been a part of Jessa’s life in a multitude of realities but right now, he’s the last person she wants to see. The stakes are huge, but more than that, now they’re personal. The villain wants to make Jessa pay through the ones she loves.
12) What is next for you? What are you currently working on?
My next book is based on the mythology of ancient Ireland. Rosaleen is the half-human daughter of the Morrigan, the Irish goddess of death and battle. Because of the blood flowing through her veins, she has many gifts, including the ability to see and speak with the dead. She and the ghost of a hilarious ninth century celtic bard go on an epic adventure to the realm of the Irish gods. It’s been a lot of research and a lot of fun to write!
L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.
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