Sunday, March 23, 2014

What if you could interview the main protagonist in your book?

Title: Stepping Off A Cliff
The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II
Author: Doug Dillon
Length: 321 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: November 11, 2013
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

Doug Dillon Interviews fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden
(Location: The Athena Restaurant, St. Augustine, Florida)
Doug: Jeff Golden! Good to see you. Have a seat. Want anything to eat?
Jeff: Nah, nothing for me thanks. I’ve only got a few minutes. Gotta meet Carla over at the research library. So what’s up, author man?
Doug: Oh, I just wanted to get your views on the paranormal now that you’ve had a lot of experience with it. I’m starting to write Book III of The St. Augustine Trilogy and . . .
Jeff: Oh no! Come on, Doug. To be honest, I’ve had way to much experience with that stuff.  You really piled it on me and Carla in Books I and II. I really don’t want to talk about it right
Doug: Mmm, OK, I understand but I don’t want to misrepresent your outlook.
Jeff: Just as I figured. You’re going to add tons more paranormal crap in your next book and put Carla and me in even more danger.
Doug: Uh, well, that’s kind of the idea in fiction.
Jeff: Yeah, great. Easy for you to write it that way but hell on us. Did you ever think about that?
Doug: But you’ve both learned so much from Lobo and your paranormal powers keep
increasing. Doesn’t that make you feel less afraid and stressed out no matter what happens?
Jeff: You just don’t understand. To you, the scary fictional situations you create in these novels
are reality to us. We actually live it. Did you ever think about that?
Doug: Sounds like you resent me even creating these novels at all.
Jeff: It isn’t that. You’ve given us life but then you ignore that we truly have our own reality.
Doug: I never thought about it that way.
Jeff: OK, so think about it now, please. I’m sitting here talking to you, right? I’m not just a
made-up piece of your imagination any more.
Doug: So does Carla feel the same way?
Jeff: Yes and no. She doesn’t like it any better than I do but she says you’re just doing your job.
Doug: I see. So then, Jeff, what would you have me do differently in the last book of the trilogy?
Jeff: I don’t know, really. I guess I would just ask you to remember that you truly do create the
reality that we, your characters, have to endure. We can feel it when you don’t.
Doug: Really? And how should I do that?
Jeff: It’s what’s in your mind that counts. You don’t actually think of us as real. What you don’t
get is that by creating us we truly exist in a parallel universe. Otherwise, I couldn’t be sitting here
Doug: Uh, you’ve got me there.
Jeff: Good. Maybe that understanding will shake you up enough to treat us as equals instead of
some kind of subhuman beings.
Doug: Ouch! Guess I deserved that.
Jeff: Just work with us, Doug, that’s all we ask. Sorry I didn’t answer your question. Let’s set up
another interview and we’ll try again.
Doug: Will do. You’ve given me a lot to think about. Thanks.
Jeff: Cool. Gotta go. Carla’s waiting.

Stepping off a cliff by Doug Dillon
An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.
Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.
In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient, Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and
encounter what they come to realize are the true walking dead.

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A former award winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the nonfiction adult
book he and wife wrote titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the Psychic. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he then created Sliding Beneath the Surface for young adults, Book I of the
St. Augustine Trilogy. Doug set his trilogy in the oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida.

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