We all dream. We find it intriguing, thrilling, and sometimes terrifying to slip into a world of infinite possibilities, created by the unconscious mind. But did you ever wish you could cultivate your dreams? Create and control them, even?
Ogden author Jordan Bell’s novel, DreamWake, explores this possibility. And the idea of controlling one’s own dreams isn’t just fictional, Jordan says. He wrote the book based on his own experiences with lucid dreaming, which means the ability to control the events and outcomes in your dreams.
“The ability to control what happens in your dreams is a powerful way to determine your own fate, and also learn that faith can conquer fear,” Jordan says. “I wanted to share that with other people.”
Dreamwake is written in a contemporary setting with ordinary characters, but is brought to life by vivid dream sequences, many of which were based on Jordan’s own dreams. The plot focuses on the experience of lucid dreaming, and follows the adventures of the world’s first dream forensics detective.
As a published author and successful student pursuing a custom degree at the University of Utah, lucid dreaming appears to be working for Jordan. He has partnered with Ogden’s first small publishing company, Get My Story Published, in releasing his first unique novel.
Dreamwake was officially released on April 12th, 2016, and is available in paperback and Kindle e-book on Amazon.com. Jordan is celebrating the book’s release with a book signing and launch party on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Pandemonium Art Gallery from 6-9 p.m.
Read Jordan’s interview below to learn more about this intriguing story. Then come out to the launch party and pick up a copy of Dreamwake. You’ll be supporting a local author, and you might just learn how to start controlling your own dreams, too.
Interview with Jordan Bell, author of DreamWake by Get My Story Published
How long have you lived in the Ogden area?
All my life. I grew up on the East Bench, went to Ben Lomond, and still live in the house I grew up in.
Tell me about your degree, and how it contributes to your writing.
I’m working on a customized bachelor’s degree in engineering, invention, and entrepreneurship at the University of Utah. I love the idea of science mixed with creativity, and I’m always asking “What if?”
Being an engineering and invention student has worked for me as a writer, and vice versa. It’s good to have a pragmatic side to complement the creative side.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 12, my friends and I started reading novels and thought they were cool, so we tried writing our own. I have several projects I’ve worked on over the years, but Dreamwake is the first major story I’ve seen through.
What kinds of books inspired you as a kid, and now?
As a kid, my favorite was The Reality Bug in the Pendragon series by D.J. McHale. That, and the books inspired around the game Halo, really got me excited about science fiction.
Now, I love books by Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, and Brandon Sanderson.
What inspired you to write Dreamwake?
I realized that I had a lot of answers about life in general, because I have the ability to control what happens when I dream, and I decided I wanted to share that ability.
How exactly did you figure out you could control your dreams?
It started because I had a lot of nightmares as a kid. Around age four or five, I started realizing I could have an impact in my dreams. I’d decide I wanted to fly, and then I could. Or I’d see a monster, take my thumb and forefinger, and “shrink” it. Sometimes, I knew I was dreaming, but other times I just knew I had the ability to control things.
As I got older, I learned about others who could do this too, and there was an actual scientific name for what I was doing, which is lucid dreaming. Once I learned to control my dreams, I never had nightmares again.
What’s the one thing in your book that everyone can benefit from?
Understanding the benefits of lucid dreaming, and believing that they have the power to overcome obstacles and fear.
Is Ogden a good place for an author to release his/her first published works?
I think Ogden is a great place for it. We have a community that’s receptive to new ideas and unique projects.
I was also glad to find Get My Story Published in Ogden. I was originally going to self-publish through Kindle. But the founder is someone local, a writer himself who I can relate to, and I think releasing my book where I live, and at the same time supporting a local company, is a great place to start.
As an author, what do you hope to see for Ogden in the future?
I’m hoping to see all the writers who’ve been hiding their works away come out and discover that Ogden is a great place to get started. And of course, I’d like to see some more independent bookstores focused on selling local.