Author Interview: ‘Screamcatcher: Web World’ by Christy J. Breedlove

About the Book:

When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe-locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My early writing accomplishment were multiple hits within a few years: In my first year of publication back in 1987, I wrote three SF short stories that were accepted by major slick magazines which qualified me for the Science Fiction Writers of America, and at the same time achieved a Finalist award in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. This recognition garnered me a top gun SF agent at the time, Richard Curtis Associates. My first novel went to John Badham (Director) and the Producers, the Cohen Brothers. It was only an option, but an extreme honour. The writer, who beat me out of contention for a feature movie, was Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. My book was called Dinothon, and has long sense vanished.

A year after that I published two best-selling non-fiction books and landed on radio, TV, in every library in the U.S. and in hundreds of newspapers.

I have been trying to catch that lightning in a bottle ever since. My YA dystopian novel, The Girl They Sold to the Moon won the grand prize in a publisher’s YA novel writing contest, went to a small auction and got tagged for a small film option. So, I’m getting there.

 2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I write at all hours of the day/night. I’m retired, so I don’t have specific hours to nail me to a chair. If I’m sleepless, I’ll get up and give it a go. I’ll usually write about 10 pages or so in a given 24-hour period—sometimes more, sometimes less. My bedroom holds my desk and computer. I have a 17-in monitor and seven year-old Acer Desktop. No cameras or gadgets.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I basically get my ideas from all walks of life. My most productive times are when I take long walks or rides in the car. As I’m passing by scenery, I see images of things that fleet by, most of which, are fantastical or magical visions. I also listen to conversations. Once while on a road trip, my niece told her daughter that if she didn’t shut up, that she would pawn her for gas at the next filling station. That gave me the entire plot for The Girl They Sold to the Moon.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I just let the characters do what they want and go like hell. They dictate and call all the camera shots. I’m just staff—behind the scenes. I NEVER know where they’re going, and they never ask permission to go wherever they want. When I’m in the white hot light, my momentum stays up there until finishing time. While I’m writing one chapter, the next one if formulating in my head, and so on….

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’m all over the place and that has been a bad source of juju for me. I started off writing my beloved science fiction and then veered off. Those extra genres would include, fantasy (portal and urban), all genres of YA, adult thrillers, paranormal and contemporary romance, dystopian and others. I seem to be attracted to YA more than the others, and decided to write it under a completely differently pen name. From here on out, Christy J. Breedlove is in charge of all YA stories and books.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

My most recent book? Oh, I’m so behind the times that I couldn’t tell you about any of the young adult (teen) actors today. But I’ll tell you what I could do—I would populate Screamcatcher with four of the best actors that came out of the The Hunger games, and we would be off and running. Katniss is my perfect Jory Pike, and Katniss’s boyfriend is definitely Jory’s pick.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I was a late bloomer and started reading late in life. By that, I mean around 1976, when I was 25 years old. I did read required books in school but there were very few of them. My favourite authors are rather obscure: Joseph Wambaugh, Poul Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, and Peter Benchley. These writers struck me with marvellous styles and senses of irony and great humour. They touched me, brought me into the pages and made me feel like I was living in their stories. J.K. Rowling’s world building is just astonishing.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m re-reading Seabisquit at the moment because I’m so enthralled by the story-line. It’s written exceptionally well, giving me a head’s up about horses and what great creatures they are. I used to be afraid of horses. I’ve re-read The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh, simply because I’ve fallen in love with his style. He can really bend one word against another. And I share a law enforcement background with him.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Poul Anderson’s Virgin Planet. It was my first space opera SF book and I just got lost on another world. He was a great stylist and world-builder. Poul became my mentor years later when I was inducted into the Science Fiction Writers of America. Today they call it the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. I’ve just dated myself. But Poul started the whole writing gig with me. And no one knows anything about that book.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

If a budding writer asked me if they should make authorship a vocation, I would tell them to take a couple of aspirin, go into a dark room, lie down and wait for the feeling to pass. Seriously, this is a rewarding but very tough profession to be in. It takes dogged determination and a steady stream of written material to last in this business. Set writing goals every day and meet them as best you can. Never forget that you ARE in the entertainment industry. The only thing that comes harder is acting and music.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I can be found on FB, FB Author’s Page, Twitter, Author’s Den, Goodreads, SFF World, Kindle Boards, LinkenIn, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, and many others.

Here are a few links:

Christy’s Website:


Facebook Author Page:


Amazon Page:


About the Author:

I became a story teller. I’m a diehard frantic creator of Young Adult fiction, whether it’s paranormal, science fiction, suspense or fantasy. I believe in pure escapism with unceasing action adventure and discovery. If you want a moral message or cultural statement, you’re apt to get a small one. But let me tell you something, reader, I want to make you laugh until you gag, cry until you’re dry and tear out tufts of your hair. Today, young adult lit needs a resurrection. How soon we’ve forgotten about Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. Oh, the mania! Where has it gone? Are we losing our young readers? We need something really fresh and new. I and several writers are going to pour everything we have into that end. You are the kindly judge–help us get there and we will deliver!

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