Saturday, August 3, 2013

Author Interview – Ernest Dempsey

What other jobs have you had in your life? Worked at Taco Bell for a year. Worked landscaping maintenance for a local family (they had a lot of property) for nine years from junior year of high school through grad school. And I’ve done a few other landscaping and lawncare gigs along the way. During that nine years, I sold cell phones on the side for a few months too.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Entrepreneurship. Or Astronomy/physics. Oddly, I majored in English for two years and got a bachelors degree in Psychology and a master’s in school counseling. Go figure.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Other than Chattanooga? Seattle or Copenhagen.

Tell us about your family? I thought I already did. But they’re awesome. Very supportive. Loving.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Laptop. In the spring, summer, and fall, on the back porch in the shade. In winter, I have a desk in an office upstairs. I do outlines on paper or on ipad.

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? No friends in the industry. My biggest supporter is my girlfriend. She pushes me and believes in me more than anyone I’ve ever met.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? Hard to know. I rarely sleep well at night. I toss and turn a lot. But nights where I get 7-8 hours of deep sleep I usually feel pretty amazing.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? My girlfriend, Megan, all my friends, my family. And I’d like to thank the people along the way who told me to suck it up, quit dreaming, and just work my day job.


When you wake up, does it seem like your dreams were real? Maybe they were.

Imagine if Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins sat down together to write an up-tempo, action packed sci-fi thriller featuring terrifying nightmares, an evil emperor, a beautiful princess, and gladtiator games on another planet.

That’s The Dream Rider, the newest release from Ernest Dempsey, the author who brought you The Secret of the Stones and The Cleric’s Vault.

Falling from buildings, being attacked by terrifying strangers, and ghostly hands that strangle in the night are just some of the fears The Dream Rider must overcome.

Finn McClaren is an average college student, mediocre in every possible way, until one day, when strange men try to kill him. Finn wakes up in his dorm room to realize the whole thing was just a dream. Or was it?

The nightmares continue, forcing Finn to face his deepest fears until one night, he stops running and fights back. When he awakens, he is no longer in his dorm room, but on a strange planet on the other side of the galaxy.

After being arrested, Finn is thrust into an underground prison where the inmates are forced to fight to the death in the arena games. While there, he learns he has incredible powers, and of the true reason he has come to the alien world.

The Dream Rider is a fun, fast-paced, science fiction adventure that also asks serious questions about our fears, self-esteem, beliefs, and facing challenges in life.

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Genre –  Science Fiction

Rating – PG13

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