Author Interview: Michael S. Fedison with The Eye-Dancers (YA Sci-Fi)

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In your own words, describe your book….

The Eye-Dancers takes a premise—what if three boys share the same dream, and what if said dream is, in reality, much more than “just” a dream? That’s what happens in the novel. Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant dreams of a mysterious “ghost girl,” a little girl with blue, hypnotic eyes that swirl and expand when he looks into them.

When he tells his friend Joe Marma about his dream, he is surprised to hear Joe is dreaming of the same girl. And when they tell a third boy—Ryan Swinton—they are further shocked to learn that he, too, has been dreaming of the girl with the spinning blue eyes. What does it all mean?

The boys, desperate for answers, turn to the class genius, Marc Kuslanski, for advice. Marc is a science wiz who scoffs at their shared-dream story. But he will soon learn that the situation is not something to dismiss so cavalierly. . . .

Ultimately, The Eye-Dancers explores the concept of parallel worlds, the mysteries of the universe, and the very concept of what we term “reality.” Along the way, it takes a look at the bonds of friendship, and the stresses, struggles, and joys of adolescence. And it displays that everything, all life, all things, all ideas, are connected. Events and people that seem so far away, a universe away, are, in actuality, much closer to us than we ever dared to think.

What is the genre?

The Eye-Dancers is a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel.

What inspired you to write this book?

The four main characters—Mitchell, Joe, Ryan, and Marc—are inspired by friends I grew up with, and the story itself is inspired by some of the conversations we used to have when we were kids. We’d look up at the night sky, and wonder—“What’s really out there?” I suppose all kids do that, from time to time. The Eye-Dancers takes that question and runs with it.

Will this book be a standalone or part of a series?

When I first wrote The Eye-Dancers, I didn’t really have concrete plans for a sequel. But later, an idea for a sequel came to me, and I am currently working on it. The sequel takes place five years after The Eye-Dancers. The boys are in junior high in The Eye-Dancers, whereas in the sequel they are about to be seniors in high school. And they are also about to become reacquainted with the “ghost girl.”

What message would you like to convey with The Eye-Dancers?

That anything is possible. That even when things seem bleak and hopeless, there is always a chance, always a way. That we all have value, we all bring something unique and affirming to the world. And that not everything that happens in the universe can be neatly and logically explained. Some things transcend rationality and common sense. Some things just are . . . wonders in and of themselves.

What books are similar to this one?

I honestly never thought of that when I sat down to write The Eye-Dancers. The story is so much a part of my life, the friends I grew up with, the things I am fascinated with and interested in. That said, the theme of the story, in some ways, is similar to The Wizard of Oz.

Where can readers find your book?

The best place to learn more about The Eye-Dancers, where it is sold and much more about the ideas behind it, is the book’s website at www.eyedancers.wordpress.com.

Can you tell us some about the writer behind the book?

I am a lifelong lover of literature, particularly the kind of literature that takes you to different worlds while at the same time reflecting truths and nuances about our own world. I have always had an overactive imagination, and always have loved the power of story.

I do have a “day job.” I work as a techincal writer for a computer software company. I also do a lot of freelance proofreading for a handful of book publishers.

Tell us one thing about you we wouldn’t know?

I have been a vegetarian for nearly twenty years now. When I was a teenager, I was a big meat eater. So—when I decided to become a vegetarian, no one thought I’d last two weeks. And here we are—twenty years later . . .

How can readers connect with you?

At The Eye-Dancers website: http://eyedancers.wordpress.com

At The Eye-Dancers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eye-Dancers/213004492164436

At The Eye-Dancers Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16182898-the-eye-dancers

At my Twitter page: https://twitter.com/msfedison27

Or by email: michaelf424@gmail.com

What are you working on now?

I am working on the sequel to The Eye-Dancers as well as continually posting fresh material on the Eye-Dancers website each week.

Do you have any other books released? What is your next release?

I have a collection of short stories in the works, called “Wolf’s Eyes” and Other Stories. And the sequel to The Eye-Dancers will, with hope, be released by the end of 2014.

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