Date Published: February 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Dream Waters Publishing LLC
A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.
Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.
Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.
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What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Finding the time to write is definitely the hardest part for me. In addition to being a writer, I’m a mom and a pharmacist. I love everything about creating a new story. It’s the days when life gets in the way and I don’t have time to write that are most frustrating for me.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
That depends on the book I’m writing. I like to choose a song that fits the tone of the chapter I’m writing to play on repeat while I write.
For Benevolent, I took it a step further and created a playlist that the main character’s best friend made for her before he passed away. Each chapter title is the name of a song from Abigail’s playlist, and I listened to that song on repeat while I wrote the chapter. There’s a link to Abigail’s playlist on my website so readers can read the story the same way I wrote it, with the songs playing as background music.
Right now, I’m working on the fourth book in my Dream Waters Series. Some of the songs I’ve been listening to for the recent chapters are:
Once Upon Another Time by Sara Bareilles
Can’t Pretend by Tom Odell
I Found by Amber Run
Movement by Hozier
Wolves by Selena Gomez & Marshmellow
Innocent When You Die by Tom Waits
Yesterday is Here by Tom Waits
Happier by Ed Sheeran
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have an awesome bunch of beta readers. I had an almost entirely new set of beta readers for Benevolent because I wanted mostly people who were familiar with the television show, Supernatural. (I also used two beta readers who’d never watched the show to make sure the story would still make sense, and neither of them had any trouble following the story.) Each one of my beta readers provided honest, well-thought out feedback from their own unique perspective. The final story is so much stronger thanks to all of them!
What book are you reading now?
I just started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
How did you start your writing career?
I spent three years working on my debut novel, Dream Waters, without telling anyone but my husband, my sons, and one friend that I was writing a book. I didn’t really put it out there to everyone in my life until I had the author proof copy of the book in my hand. I told most of my family at my grandpa’s 90th birthday party and the rest of the people in my life in a Facebook post the next day. The outpouring of support from everyone in my life was incredible, and it’s been an amazing journey ever since.
Tell us about your next release.
My next release will be Book Four of my Dream Waters series. I’m working on the final chapters of the first draft now. I can’t really say much about it without giving away a lot of spoilers from the other three books. But the book will include plenty of dragons and other mythical creatures. It will take readers to sections of the Dream World that they haven’t seen before, introduce some new characters, and tell the backstories of a few characters— including the story of Charlie’s mother, Tristan’s past, and Godric’s backstory.
If you haven’t read the first three, I like to describe Dream Waters (Book One of the series) as a cross between One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Harry Potter. It takes place almost entirely in a mental institution. The main character, Charlie, is there because he believes every person lives an alternate life in an alternate world that they visit when they drift off to sleep. He constantly sees the people around him “flipping” to the alternate forms that they take in the Dream World (which is why he’s in a mental institution). The story opens when a gorgeous new patient walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session. As Charlie grows close to her, he learns more about his fellow patients, and he learns that he might not be as crazy as the rest of the world thinks he is.
About the Author
Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers' Favorite international book award competition. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer's Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons – who are both taller than her – and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he's the family bodyguard.