Now I need to know who’s watching her in spirit form…
The book is To Dream Is To Die (book I of the Dead Dreamer Series) by Sarah Lampkin, a New Adult, Paranormal.
Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.
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Chatting with the Author
Sarah Lampkin is a New Adult/Young Adult fiction author from Southern Virginia. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her cat, Fox (who is practically a dog). When she’s not writing, she’s playing video games, rock climbing, or getting ready for hunting season. Sarah began writing over a decade ago with her first novella called Angels: Moon and Sun, which is now being rewritten as Tainted Wings on Wattpad. She draws inspiration from Celtic mythology in her stories and aims to create unique worlds following strong female protagonist. In 2015, Sarah was able to utilize her Dead Dreamer series in her graduate program and graduate with an MA in English.
I asked Sarah to tell us more about the Dead Dreamer Series, and here she is.
Thanks for having me Viviana!
I would love to tell you more about the Dead Dreamer series!
First off, my debut novel: To Dream is to Die is the first installment of the four-book series! Each book will focus on one year of Brenna Whit’s life through Nephesburg College. So, To Dream is to Die focuses on her freshman year.
As a Dead Dreamer, Brenna teeters the line between the dead and the living on a daily basis. Whenever she falls asleep, her spirit leaves her body to join the Fade [a spiritual plane existing alongside the mortal plane]. Between that, college, and a secret cult on campus, her hands are very full for someone who is only eighteen.
When I first started writing Brenna, I had one goal: to not write a story about a damsel in distress, or some lovelorn female character. I wanted Brenna to be strong. I wanted a protagonist who was a woman who could stand up for herself. Someone who wasn’t looking for love, or have love fall into her lap. She’s strong, hard-headed, and full of sarcasm. She’s a woman after my own heart.
There are times when I’ve been told Brenna is too mean, or unlikable. I really have no response to that. Sometimes, people are blunt. And it can be considered mean sometimes. Brenna is a salty woman. She is who she is. Being a Dead Dreamer did complicate things for her personally, and she tends to take it out on the living. She isn’t perfect. She’s flawed and damaged. Just like any other human.
While writing the series, I wanted the reader to see things through Brenna’s eyes. This meant, they’ll have to live her life as it happens. There are no short cuts and no narrator to give the answers. What Brenna knows, the reader knows. The reader won’t get the answers they desire right away. How could they?
Life is full of obstacles and challenges. Not to mention a thousand questions. Within the world of Dead Dreamer, it is the same. Brenna will face many obstacles and have so many questions. It is only her freshman year at Nephesburg College. There was no way she was going to find all of the answers she yearned for. She wants to know who the Gatekeepers are and if what she is doing is truly the right thing.
Just like everyone else, Brenna has to live her life through experiences. Through success and failure, trial and error. She won’t find her answers any other way, which means it will take time. I’ll admit, things start off slow with To Dream is to Die. But it’s her freshman year! She has to figure life out as it happens.
One thing Brenna will learn is that everything happens for a reason, and everything is connected. As she keeps going and keeps fighting, she’ll come to realize that even the smallest detail in the background held great importance; Why some insignificant detail during her freshman year might suddenly mean so much.
Mistakes will be made.
Accidents will happen.
But always remember: Everything happens for a reason.
Nothing is black and white.
Giveaway: Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- 2x $10 Amazon gift cards
- 2x ebook copies of To Dream Is To Die