Lauren Frederick is one of Hiroshima’s newest JETs. Hailing from New Orleans, USA, she now lives in Shobara where she teaches senior high school. She came to Japan to explore, discover, and connect with other travelers (and maybe brush up on her Japanese a bit). But Lauren is not just an ALT here in Hiroshima. She also happens to be a published author. Her most current work, Lucid, is a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel available on numerous e-book sites.
You can read the synopsis here:
Devon Alexander is a 15 year-old teenager coping with the monotonous reality of his average life. His daily routine consists of an annoying summer camp job, dealing with his too-busy-to-function mother, and avoiding his bullying loser of an older brother.
His life receives an interesting reprieve as he has his first realistic dream of a spaceship. The strangest thing about the dream is that he seems to be the only one on board who isn’t in a dream-like trance. Before he can figure out anything about the dream or his strange shipmates, he manages to wake up. The next day, after another dull routine, Devon’s brother, Kyle shows him a news story about inexplicable comas taking place all over the world. Devon’s life becomes increasingly interesting as he recognizes some of the victims from his spaceship trip.
Devon is a very logical young man, and his spaceship dilemma cannot simply fit into his mathematical brain. He reaches out for help from his long-term friend, Tiff, who just so happens to be a computer whiz and an information junkie. She promises to help Devon find any information on his dream and its connection to the coma outbreak. As they research possible causes for the dreams, more people are falling prey to the comas. Little do the teenagers know, they will also get some outside help from a complete stranger.
Suspenseful, funny at the worst times, and with just a hint of teenage romance, Lucid takes a group of young adults and throws them into a fantasy world that they only thought could exist in their dreams. In a sense, they’re right.
Intrigued? Lauren has also taken the time to answer some questions.
Q: What inspired the creation of Lucid?
A: I started writing Lucid after experiencing my first lucid dream. It’s a very out-of-body and surreal experience. We’re used to dreaming every night, but being able to control your actions and fate in the dream world is almost a magical thing. After figuring out how to wake up (yes, you have to oftentimes find your way out of the dreams,) I started pondering the idea of a dream world actually existing, and before I knew it, I had Devon and the plot for Lucid.
Q: Lucid is your first novel. Are you currently working on anything else?
A: Since Devon and his friends’ story didn’t want to finish at the end of Lucid, I’m currently working on the sequel. The story will continue our heroes’ adventure, but you’ll get to hear from other characters in it. It will also have much more of a fantasy element with an even crazier cast of characters. Aside from Lucid, I’m working on two more stories, both in the YA fiction genre.
Q: What inspired you to write YA fiction?
A: I’m a teacher, so I love working with young adults and teens. I’ve seen the power of books transform kids’ ways of thinking about the world and boost confidence. Never underestimate the power of reading. I know it played an important role in shaping my future, and I hope to reach out to as many young adults to inspire them to find their inner heroes and go change the world for the better.