What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her younger sister’s death, and her unwitting role in the incident, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere—a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone begins destroying her dreams, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happiness forever. Bask in the mystery and imagination of dreams in this touching, funny, mind-bending children’s tale that encompasses themes of grief, friendship, family, healing, and grand adventure!
Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her bachelors degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected from the masters program for creative writing she decided that she didn’t need a masters degree to tell her she could write, so she started really dedicating her time to finishing the story she’d started months earlier, with the goal of writing a complete novel, and getting it published. The result is her debut novel, The Dreamosphere, for which her own vivid, bizarre, and incomprehensible dreams provided the inspiration. Laura is an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once–or twice–or maybe three times. She can already check whitewater rafting, going down in a shark cage, and skydiving (three times) off of her list. Oh, and getting Lasik. It was five minutes of terror. She enjoys hiking, rowing, reading classic literature, embarking on new adventures and hobbies, volunteering regularly, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
Blog Tour Interview with author Laura Stoddard
- If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back in time or forward into the future?
Definitely back in time. I think it would be amazing to see Pompeii and other roman providences at the apex of their glory
- If you could invite any five people to dinner (living or deceased), who would you choose?
Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Angelina Jolie
- If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?
My phone (obviously!), a big, sturdy knife, and a lighter! (I watch these survival shows…) J
- What is one book everyone should read?
- If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Instantaneous teleportation ANYWHERE
- Pet peeves?
A major one is yellow-light runners. Gum chewers. Piggybackers—people who don’t have their own identity, who try to leech off of yours.
- Favorite ice cream flavor?
- What was your favorite book as a child?
Probably Mother Goose’s book of Nursery Rhymes
- If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena, for sure. She was bad a**!
- When you were little, what did you want to be?
Always wanted to be an actress, and many people have told me I missed my calling.
- Do you have a nickname? What is its origin?
I’ve been Lolly to my family and close friends all my life. Other ones include Betty (because I laugh like Betty Rubble), Trixie, and Bardot.
- What do you do in your free time? I love trying new activities, so I’ve now taken up rowing, painting, ceramics, belly dancing, and glass blowing; added to my already busy schedule of hiking, reading, and volunteering.
- Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I have two large cats, both named for literary characters I really like: Porthos and Scheherazade.
- Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Very much so. Most people who know me will pretty much recognize the heroine of The Dreamosphere, Gwen Stoker, as basically me at 11 years old. She feisty, funny, and fantastic.
- In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Stephen King. Or JK Rowling, obviously. J
- How long do you generally let a story ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book? Not that long. I want to get my ideas on paper as soon as possible.
- What’s your favorite word?
Glorious! (But you have to sing it operatically)
- What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
Tostitos Black Bean & Garlic tortilla chips. Holy crap. Amaaazing.
- Top three things on your bucket list
Ride in a monster truck, take a Mediterranean cruise (coming up in a few months!), and visit the Bermuda Triangle.
- Most embarrassing moment
It’s a long story. Happened in college. Involved me walking into a closet in front of an auditorium of 500 students…
- Describe your book in five words: Unique, imaginative, tender, funny, engrossing.
- What made you decide to write in this genre? I chose Middle Grade because Young Adult pretty much requires your characters to have love interests, and I’m totally not into teen romances.