GAIL: Thank you for visiting today, Dawson. Rather than the abbreviated social media comments we take for granted, can you share with us a detailed description of your protagonist and your novel, Dreams: One Man's Journey?
DAWSON: An everyday man much like you and I, working to survive in a going nowhere job, just living paycheck to paycheck. Then one day unexpectedly he starts to have dreams. However, unlike the ones that we have his do come true.
At first, he did not know how to control them; he could not even understand them, but soon he learns that the dreams could be controlled and steered where and how he wants them to go. The world around him is filled with crime and despair, people living in the street barely having enough to eat and nowhere to call home but a cardboard box while others lived and prospered. He takes it upon himself to help those people that are less fortunate and at the same time helps himself.
While living in a small apartment above a neighborhood store owned by an older woman named Mama, he works for minimum wage as a dishwasher in a local Café. Once he can control his dreams, he uses his new found talent to help others as he sees fit. However, for those like the fat pawnshop owner who laughed at him, to the bullies who make the streets unsafe for everyone, all the way down to the drug pushers who pollute the streets, he helps in the only way he knows: Kill those that offend and help those that are in need, while building a nest egg for himself. However, like most good things, this too ends. After a bizarre mishap during one of the dreams, the Detective who has always seemed to be there arrests him. After a brief trial, he dies in the Gas Chamber, or does he?
GAIL: Is “the job” the most important part of your protagonist’s life?
DAWSON: Not at first, paying his bills and being able to pick up a bottle of bourbon was, but once he learned of his abilities and was able to control it, his job of helping others while helping himself was the most important. Being a common man with the power to help those in need, and wanting to clean up the streets, quickly turned into a priority.
GAIL: What unique twist makes your novel stand out?
DAWSON: Being able to go to bed with certain thoughts in your mind such as a place, weapons and or equipment that you want or need, and as you sleep you go and do whatever you want, see whoever you want and come back with everything you wanted.
GAIL: How does your main character’s profession draw him into suspenseful situations, (murder, for instance?)
DAWSON: His job as a dish washer in a small local cafe has little to do with his new talent but is the cause for some of his dreams.
GAIL: And those dreams, of course, lead to murder. Is this book part of a series, and are you working on a sequel?
DAWSON: Dreams: One Man's Journey is the first book of the trilogy. Dreams: Border Wars is the second, and the final volume is Dreams: Good Vs. Evil. The first two have the same main character with the third having two main characters both living different lives till the end. And yes, all three are available in e-book format and paperback.
GAIL: This last is an “if/then” scenario: If Paris is not an option, then where would you most like to spend your time writing and why.
DAWSON: The foothills of Arizona or New Mexico away from towns. I grew up in the desert and loved it, how I miss the cactus and rattlesnakes. The evening quiet is unlike any I have ever heard.
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