Happy Wednesday y’all!
I’m excited to have Wayne Thomas Batson here today.
Author of The Door Within Trilogy, The Isle of Swords series, The Berinfell series, and more! Check out his complete list over on Goodreads or Amazon. His books have been on my to-read list for years. I know that’s bad. But as many of you know from Monday’s post, I finally did read one. Dreamtreaders.
So without further ado: Please welcome Mr. Batson!
Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview.
Hi, Jennette, you’re very welcome. I’m honored to appear on your site!
I’m Wayne Thomas Batson: Christian, Husband, Father, Friend, Teacher, Author, and Nachos-Eater of Legend. My wife used to call me the “Man of a Thousand Hobbies” because I dabbled at everything, but since becoming an author, I had to kill off most of those hobbies.
Now, I rarely have spare time, but I love to read, watch movies, play tennis, weight train, and play fantasy / medieval video games. My favorite movies are: The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Patriot Games, A Few Good Men, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, and A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version).
I am married to a lovely surgical nurse (just celebrated 20 year anniversary). We have four teenaged kids: Kayla, Tom, Bryce, and Rachel—hence the gray hair. 😀
I read your 2010 interview by Kat Goodwin over at SFFworld.com, and I think that it is awesome how you got started writing with the encouragement from your middle grade students. (Readers, hop on over to learn more! You don’t want to miss it.) You mentioned that you “field-test” your novels with your students, do you still do this?
Where did you get the idea for Dreamtreaders?
I found a short video about Sleep / Dream Research. It was compelling. I had no idea how serious Dream Science has become.
How does it differ from your previous works? How is it similar?
Much of my previous work lives in Fantasy worlds—swords, dragons, castles, etc. Dreamtreaders investigates the world of Dreams where, as you know, anything can happen. Dreamtreaders is similar to some of my previous titles in that the main characters are teens, and they have a combination of real life troubles plus the “other” world issues as well.
The most challenging aspect of Dreamtreaders was getting past the shock that my publisher hopped on it with such enthusiasm. The concept for Dreamtreaders popped into my head one afternoon, and I wrote up a three page proposal and shot it off. It was such a casual effort that I really didn’t expect Thomas Nelson / Harper Collins to jump on it. But they responded in less than two weeks with a very enthusiastic YES! So, suddenly, there was this new trilogy contract, landing smack in the middle of deadlines for two other series I had been working on.
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading this book?
A huge theme emerged in the middle of the novel. It became important to Archer in the story and to me in real life. It’s one of the Dreamtreader rules: Anchor first. Anchor deep. It means you have to keep certain truths as sacred. Do all your homework to scrutinize these truths and make sure they are sturdy. But once you know, don’t let anything violate those truths. They are your anchors, and they will keep you on solid ground, even in the midst of life’s storms.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
And just for fun, if you could visit any time and place in the world, where would you go and why?
Honestly, if I could visit any place and time, I’d just go to a nice beach. Boring? Maybe. But I love the ocean and white sand. It feeds my soul. 😀
-Wayne Thomas Batson
Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters.
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