Monday, August 22, 2016

Interview - Dark Sleepers by Kate Sermon

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Dark Sleepers is the story of one girl’s journey into the astral realms to find her dead dad. Kezia drags Ben, her best friend with her. Neither of them could  be prepared for what they find there. It’s a place where thoughts are all powerful. Guarding your thoughts takes on a whole new meaning.

If you are a parent do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Any tips for time management or sneaking in writing time?

I have three children. I always write my first drafts early in the morning before I even get out of bed. I keep my laptop next to my bed, so I lean over, boot to up and write 500 words. Everyday without fail. That way when I get up I can enjoy the day knowing that I’ve accomplished something creative for me.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Yes, the main theme of the book is based on manifesting through positivity. The baddie of Dark Sleepers is the negative Thoughtforms which certain characters negatively manifest through feeding their pain, anguish and dark thoughts. Part of Kezia’s adventure happens around learning how to control these entities.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a Green Party Councillor in my home town as well as a writer.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I love walking in the wild, or by the sea. I love camping out and love nothing more than a campfire and stargazing with good friends. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures… I think all pleasure should be guilt free!

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I wish I’d written the Harry Potter series, for lots of reasons!

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

yes, this is the first one of a trilogy called Dark Flows the River. The next one gets even darker and Ben gets a rough ride. It will be out at Christmas 2016.

Dark Sleepers
Dark Flows the River Trilogy
Book 1
Kate Sermon

Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Paranormal

Word count: 71,000

About the Book:

“You are astral travellers now. Able to project your spirit out of your body at will and enter the realms. You are not the only ones. Some people come here in their dreams without even knowing it. Some purposefully decide to travel here to find answers to questions they can’t find on earth... And some pass over... Die.”

Kezia's world implodes after her dad dies. She can't cope any more, and then she discovers the ability to leave her body. She drags her best friend, Ben, with her into other worlds to find her dad, but what she finds along the way, she could never be prepared for...

"Kate Sermon's writing is truly sublime. She creates characters to care for; whether it is dealing with friendship in our own world or grief in the astral planes, Kezia and Ben remain real people with hopes and flaws. Dark Sleepers is a startlingly imaginative debut."  ~ Dan Metcalf, Children's Author


Kezia was struggling even more. The memories that threatened to overwhelm her had waned, dispersing like vapour from a boiling kettle. But they had been replaced by a fear that she guessed was not her own, even if it was hard to tell for sure.

She lay down on the dirty sand and closed her eyes. It was an instinctive action and at once she knew that it was a good one. She breathed, as her mum had taught her when she was stressed or worried. She could hear very clearly her mum’s soothing voice say “Darling, just breathe. That’s all you need to do.”

It helped. Her heart rate slowed and a sense of herself began to emerge from the jumble inside her. As she concentrated on her breathing, she began to hear a tiny whispering sound like mice behind skirting boards. It came from deep inside her head. And it definitely wasn’t her own thoughts. It must be the girl’s.

Then it occurred to her – maybe she could talk to this child. Maybe find out something that could help. Just like the day her dad died, she found that words weren’t needed. Her thoughts traced patterns of light through the blackness.

“Who are you?” She asked.

Almost immediately she got a reply. A quivering voice, barely audible, said: “I don’t know. I’m… I’m scared.” It sounded desperate.

“Please don’t worry. I’ve been to this place before, it’s not so bad. I can help you.” She hoped this was true. “What’s your name?”

“I don’t remember… wait, I think it may be Rose. Can you really help me?” The voice brightened. “But he was chasing me. I needed to get away. It all happened too fast.”

“I’m sorry Rose. I don’t understand.”

Confused for a moment… but then a light bulb pinged on. It drenched all the confusion in bright, white light. She suddenly realised she knew what was going on – what this place was and why the children were here.

About the Author:

Kate lives with her family and other animals in Devon halfway between Dartmoor and the sea.

She's done a bit of journalism; writes a bit of poetry; has published some short stories, teaches creative writing, and is currently ensconced in a MA Creative Writing. Alongside, she's writing the second book in the series.

As a teenager Kate traipsed the moor imagining herself in some version of Wuthering Heights. Nothing much has changed.

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