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Book: The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper

Book: The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper

categories: Book, Vampires, Dreams, Murder Mystery, Alternate Reality, Vermont, Buffy, Shy Girl, Comedy, Adventure, Teen Romance, YA Paranormal

Jill Cooper

Author Jill Cooperabout this book: I was vacationing in Vermont when I got an idea to set my novel in the sleepy hamlet right beside a skiing community at the foot of the Green Mountains.

I came up with the idea that the town would have an alternate reality where life was like a comic book or TV adventure show, like Buffy. Natalie Johnson was born then, an overweight awkward teen who day dreams she's tall, beautiful and a chosen warrior.

I was overweight growing up and used day dreams to escape. I wanted to see what would happen if you took a girl like that but gave her this remarkable gift. How it would change her and the people around her.

I also wanted to give a good role model for girls who isn't perfect, but still has a remarkable gift and strives to do the right thing as she helps people.

I also use comedy to break up the hard drama of the story. With people's nightmares springing to life all around them, and Natalie's abusive home life things can tend to get pretty tough--FAST! I wanted something to offset it that would ligten the mood and make it feel like the book is an adventure.

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