Congratulations L.A. Jones on the publication of her utterly arresting début THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY. This is the first in a series for 8-12 year olds about a boy who is stolen from his dreams and sent to the place where nightmares are made.
Orchards Books / Hachette publish today, on the 3rd May, and the novel will be widely available around the UK. Lucy kindly tells us below how THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY came to life.
What made you write THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY?
I wanted to be an author from a very early age. I started writing The Nightmare Factory when I was 21, while I was largely house-bound with M.E.
The idea came to me in a dream. It was so vivid; I can still remember it today. A brother and sister were trying to escape from a factory which made nightmares for the rest of the world. I grabbed a pad and pen and scribbled down everything that I’d dreamt. Then I went back to sleep. In the morning, I began writing the first chapter of The Nightmare Factory.
Can you sum the novel up in one line?
Everything changes for Andrew and his sister when they are stolen from their dreams by mysterious creatures woven from shadows, and taken to the place where nightmares are made.
Who will it appeal to?
Fans of Darren Shan and Derek Landy. Although aimed at children 8+ it will also appeal to adults who are young at heart.
Are you excited about publication?
Yes! I have been dreaming of this day my entire life, so now that it’s actually here, it feels quite surreal. The best part was seeing my book in the flesh for the very first time and realising that all the hard work had paid off.
Were you pleased with the cover that Orchard Books chose?
Yes! I absolutely love it! I think it really stands off the shelf.
What’s next in terms of writing?
I have a great idea for a middle grade series which I am really excited about writing. I can’t say too much yet, but it’s a thriller like the Nightmare Factory, with a bit of horror added in for good measure.
Buy your copy here. If you love this, you only have to wait until the Autumn for the second book in THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY series: RISE OF THE SHADOWMARES!