An Interview with Brenda Estacio about her book Gateway to DreamWorld

Tell us the book title and your author name.  Gateway To DreamWorld – Brenda Estacio

What inspired the book?  My dad suffered a stroke and his health went downhill year after year.  I worried about him all the time and one night I had a dream where I was able to take him to a new realm where he was no longer ill and we were happy again.  The next day I started writing Gateway To DreamWorld.

What makes this book special to you?  It was an escape from reality where my dad would live a happy, healthy life with the entire family.

What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?  We all have dreams and it is heartwarming to read that there is always hope.  It’s nice to read a story of dedication and love that although sad, has a happy ending.

What people NEED to read this book and WHY?  Young readers and the young at heart who enjoy fantasies.

What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?  I pull ideas from life around me.  Sometimes it starts out in one direction and turns into a very different genre as I write.

What has been the biggest stumbling block in your writing? Can you share some tips to help others get past similar problems?

My biggest stumbling block was fine tuning the details that poured onto the page.  I would tell anyone trying to write a story to jot down your ideas first and work out from there.  I have found that if I get stumped, I can break the ideas apart and turn it into a new storyline.  One idea can blossom into several other directions and lead you to something extraordinary.

What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?  There is a story inside all of us and while some express themselves verbally, others are better at putting our thoughts and feelings in writing.  I have always had an imagination and after a debilitating injury that put me off work for several months, I decided to write a manuscript based on various dreams and soon the pieces came together to create a sci-fi novel, The Sagris.  I have continued with my writing since that time.

Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books?  I love to write, however, I do not like the publicity portion.  I want to be a behind the scenes writer and would love to publish under someone else who loves to travel and visit with strangers.

FICTION – If there is a setting, tell us how you decided on that setting and what you did to create a complete and vivid setting for your readers?  I started with a general location for the story and changed it to suit the story as it progressed.

FICTION – What inspires you about the hero or heroine in your book? What makes them memorable for the reader? What motivates the hero and/or heroine? You can include information about both if you want.  The hero is this story is a young boy who would give up everything to save his family.  I hope this story reaches young adults everywhere and enlightens them to the world of fantasy where goods things can still come from tragedy.

FICTION – Is there a villain or something that causes friction in your story? Tell us about what or who it is and how that contributes to the story. Any details about conflict and friction is good information to know.

If there’s anything else you would like to share, this is the time and place.  I always believed that the hardest part would be writing the book.  I had no idea that the publisher would not handle the marketing.  I have since discovered that almost all promotion is up to the author.  Being a quiet homebody, I am having trouble in promoting my book and would appreciate any advise as to alternate marketing avenues.

Thank you for visiting with me and in closing, give us your website address and a link to order your book., Barnes&,

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