Life is But a Dream by Brian James – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Brian James

I’ve written numerous children’s books, including the Pirate School series and the Catkid series. I’m also the author of several novels: Pure Sunshine; Tomorrow, Maybe; Perfect World; Dirty Liar; Thief; Zombie Blondes; The Heights. 


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
This isn’t even a choice for me…I’d travel way into the future. I’ve always felt in some way I belong more to the future than the present. My childhood dreams always revolved around the distant future. Besides, we already know what happened in the past…I’m more curious about what’s next.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
I see myself in pretty much all of them. I think that’s true for most writers. Characters, even ones extremely different than you, are still somewhat based on aspects of yourself. I’m also kind of a ‘method’ writer. So even when the characters are unlike me, I find myself becoming like them in order to get into their heads.

What is one book everyone should read? 
I don’t know if there is any one book that is right for everyone, but there are books that should be read by more people. One such book is called “The Demon Flower” by Jo Imog. This is a book certainly not for everyone, it’s truly disturbing, but absolutely engrossing and wonderful. I try to read ever few years and it’s one of my all time favorites. Sadly, it only had one printing in English.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? 
I would love to live in Redwall Abbey with the mice and voles and badgers. I suppose even some of the Long Patrol could hang around, as long as they don’t cause too much trouble with those thumping paws of theirs.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Definitely hearing from fans about how a book has impacted them is an amazing feeling. Writing is something done in isolation, and it’s easy to forget that anyone ever reads what you write. To discover that those words are not only read, but have meaning to total strangers is a remarkable experience.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I think Elle Fanning would be amazing as Sabrina from Life is But a Dream, just look at her work in Phoebe in Wonderland and I’m sure she could pull it off.

What is your favorite Quote? 
“The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it.” ― Alain Robbe-Grillet

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? 
A first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland signed by Lewis Carroll. He was the first author who I truly admired and that book has been a huge inspiration for me. There is a subtle Alice connection in Life is But a Dream and the title actually comes from a quote by him that appears in the front of the book.

How do you react to a bad review?
It depends. A well-written bad review can be just as rewarding as a good review. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never learned anything from a bad review. They can be very insightful and show you things in your writing that you may not have considered before. However, a poorly written bad review, or one that turns into a personal attack, can be hard to take. You put yourself out there as a writer, sharing your most intimate thoughts and feelings…it’s upsetting when those are trashed in a public forum.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day? 
I love rainy days. If it were up to me, it could rain pretty much every day of the year. I love to write on rainy days. I find the grey atmosphere ideal for imaginative construction.

Coke or Pepsi? 
Pepsi with a passion. If I’m in a restaurant and order Pepsi and the waiter asks, “Coke, ok?” I always answer with “Sprite.” I can’t drink Coke. It’s horrible. Always go with the choice of a new generation.

Life is But a Dream

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it’s the world that’s crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she’ll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences. 
Brian James calls Life is But a Dream “the most intense book I’ve written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write.” Intense–yes. Unforgettable–definitely.

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1 Hardcover copy of Life is But a Dream
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