October SST: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith Interview + GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted October 18, 2015 by Nori in Giveaway, Interviews, Street Team / 1 Comment


Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Lindsay Smith as one of October’s featured authors.

Lindsay Smith
Release Date: 10/06/2015
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

Princess Sofia Regular

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla. I’m super boring and don’t care that much for chocolate. Blasphemy, I know!

Sweet or Sour?
Sour! Preferably in beer or cider form.

Favorite genre to read?
Fantasy and non-fiction—usually historiographies and pop science.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A wolf. Small pack, playful, strong bonding instinct, but not afraid to bare my teeth.

What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
Anything starchy! Rice, pasta, potatoes, popcorn. When I’m really crunching on a writing deadline, I have been known to plow through several bags of popcorn.

Favorite season? Why?
Autumn! The colors, the weather, the clouds and rain, and most importantly, the great excuse to curl up in a sweater with a great book to read.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you pick?
Scotland and Japan are my favorite places I’ve visited—something about the mountains and excellent food speaks to my soul! I’m always game to return there. For somewhere I’ve never been, I’m dying to see Prague, right on the edge between Western Europe and former soviet Russia, full of culture and history.

What’s your favorite hobby (other than reading)? Why?
Music. I used to play viola in everything from orchestra to string quartet to a gothic rock band. I’d really love to get back into it—maybe in a jazz band or something similar.

If you had to describe Dreamstrider in under 10 words, what would you say?
High fantasy Inception—dream magic awakens nightmares to prevent war.

Tell us something about the writing process for Dreamstrider! Was there a certain scene that you loved/hated to write?
There’s a scene at the end of Act I that, when I was drafting, was the moment when I finally realized, yes, this is what I want this book to be about! (I then had to rewrite/significantly revise about 95% of everything I’d already written, but so it goes.) It’s a sweet and touching moment between Livia and Brandt that’s heavy with angst and guilt against a backdrop of impending war and danger. Dreamstrider is, incidentally, the book that made me accept that I really need to write a more detailed outline before I write. I write way too complicated of plots not to outline, I’ve learned!

About the Author:

Lindsay Smith: Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the forthcoming YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children’s). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.

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