From the critically acclaimed transmedia project Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, comes one of the most anticipated collaborations in YA literature this year: a thrilling, edge of your seat story written by award-winning musician, producer and director Tom DeLonge and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young.
Poet Anderson...Of Nightmares follows the epic journey of two orphan brothers, Jonas and Alan, who are Lucid Dreamers. After a tragic car accident lands Alan in a coma, Jonas sets out into the Dream World in an attempt to find his brother and wake him up. What he discovers instead is an entire shared consciousness where fear comes to life as a snarling beast called a Night Terror, and a creature named REM is bent on destruction and misery, devouring the souls of the strongest dreamers to get closer to the Waking World. With the help of a Dream Walker—a guardian of the dreamscape, Jonas must face his fears, save his brother, and become who he was always meant to be: Poet Anderson.
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What is your take on Lucid Dreaming?
I wish I could lucid dream. I read up on the act itself, and there are some who don’t believe it’s possible and others who think it's a learned skill. I’d like to believe that a true lucid dreamer can modify and change his/her dream, but then again, if we all had the skill, how many of us would wake up again? It's almost like virtual reality. But in the case of POET ANDERSON, it’s an actual reality.
Where did you draw your inspiration for the world?
I was lucky in that Tom and screenwriter Ben KuII already had a clear idea of what the world should look like. I tell character-driven stories, so my focus was on the Anderson brothers, and later, Poet’s relationship with Samantha. It was great to have pictures and graphic novel images to draw on for the setting.
There are a lot of intense battle scenes. What is your process for writing those?
When I write, I always imagine the scene as a movie. I watch it in my head and then try to describe it on the page. Sometimes it works; sometimes it’s a mess. But those were the times I’d send it to Tom and he’d be like, “I fucking love it!” Or he’d be like, “Yeah, I don’t know what’s happening here.”
How does the novel ...Of Nightmares fit in to the Poet Anderson TransMedia universe?
The novel tells the origin story, introducing a young adult version of Poet Anderson. We know he’s going to be a serious bad-ass, but right now, he's Jonas Anderson and he just wants his brother and he to live their lives.
Then a Night Terror and a bunch of Dream Walkers show up and throw his life into total upheaval. He grows from here, but I this was a great place for him to start.
Some of your other novels have heavy emotional themes. Does that carry into Poet Anderson at all?
Most of my books are about loss and grief, and I think one of the more interesting aspects of this book, in addition to the world Tom created, is the relationship between Jonas and Alan Anderson. That sense of belonging to no one can be a driving force. Some of us have to create our own families. So I think in that aspect, fans of The Program series will connect to the emotions that Poet Anderson will stir up.
Where do you see the story going from here?
No spoilers, but I will say this: going forward, nothing will be the same for Poet Anderson. He undergoes a significant change, losing a lot of people along the way. In the end, he realizes exactly what he is capable of. And what it can mean for the entire dreamscape.
Tom DeLonge is an award-winning American musician, producer and director best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum selling rock bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. His home is San Diego, where he focuses on creating entertainment properties that bridge music, narrative and film through his multimedia company To The Stars. For the full experience of Tom’s work, visit www.tothestars.media.
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY.
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