Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 2

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Attention Dashner Army!  It is November 26 today, which means it’s James’ birthday today!

Happy Birthday James!

You can tweet him your birthday greeting at @jamesdashner, but before you do that, you can read part 2 of the exclusive interview we had with him about his latest book, The Eye of Minds.  We’ve waited to post it to give you readers time to actually read the book, because this part of the interview contains **spoilers**!

With that said, if you haven’t read The Eye of Minds yet, then you might want to skip out on this interview until you have.

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James Dashner Tells Us Where He’d Rather Live

So, would James Dashner rather live in the world of The Maze Runner or in the world of The Eye of Minds?  Here’s his answer:

Frankly, as much as I love The Maze Runner series, I don’t think I’d want to live there either!

 

James Dashner’s Essay on THE EYE OF MINDS

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Read more about what inspired author James Dashner to write his new book, The Eye of Minds, book one of The Mortality Doctrine.

It’s easy for me to pinpoint the very first glimmer of inspiration I had for The Eye of Minds. I love movies, and there are two movies that easily fall into my Top Ten Movies of All Time list, which is more of a concept than an actual list. (I think it currently has about 20 movies on it and it isn’t written down anywhere other than in my mind.)  Those two movies are Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, and The Matrix, directed by the Wachowskis.  These are what I call “event” movies—films that blew me away and stayed with me, still to this day. Some of the concepts presented in those films stuck in my mind, and definitely inspired my thought process as I came up with the story for The Eye of Minds.

To read the rest of the essay, click here.

Now Available: THE EYE OF MINDS

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James Dashner’s newest book, THE EYE OF MINDS, is on store shelves now! You can pick up your copy wherever books are sold, including your favorite e-book dealer. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

If you would like a side of special features with your amazing story, copies purchased at Barnes and Noble have a exclusive chapter annotated by James Dashner himself.

Happy reading, Dashner Army!

Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 1

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Hello Dashner fans!

I got a chance to read an ARC of James Dashner‘s new book, The Eye of Minds, and posed several questions for him to answer about it.  No worries, there are no spoilers for this part of the interview.

1) Describe The Eye of Minds in 3 words

James Dashner:  Twisty. Fast. Fear.

2) There were some pretty interesting riddles in the story.  Was it difficult to come up with the riddles?

JD:  I’ve always been fascinated with riddles. In fact, every series I’ve ever written has had some type of riddle embedded within it. The funny thing is, I grew up so impressed with authors who did that and it was something about which I had very little confidence in myself. But I keep trying, and it seems to keep working.

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3) You said this book was inspired by certain movies.  Were there any video games that also inspired the story?

JD:  The first video game that truly struck me and stayed with me was The Legend of Zelda. That sense of going on a mission and meeting different challenges definitely inspired The Path in my book.

4) You gave almost all your characters from The Maze Runner a first name only.  And it seems you’re keeping that trend for this book as well.  Any reason for that?

JD:  I usually don’t find much point in telling you what someone’s last name is. They rarely come up in casual conversation, especially amongst friends. It just seems info-dumpy. Plus, it makes the character a little more open to your interpretation the less you know specifically.

5) What was the most challenging part about writing this novel?

JD:  Crafting it to build to the end I wanted. I’ve never planned and crafted this much.

6) You have three major characters in this first book of the series, one of them being female.  Will there be any romantic development between any of them, minor or major?

JD:  I’m not a big romance guy, as my readers can attest. If something develops naturally, it will, but it will never be a main aspect of my works.

7) What are your favorite video games to play?

JD:  Skyrim is awesome. But, honestly, I like physical gaming more than video gaming. Everything from Magic to Ticket to Ride!

The Eye of Minds comes out Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  Check out my short, non-spoiler review of The Eye of Minds.

James Dashner’s THE EYE OF MINDS Book Tour

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James Dashner will be touring a good many places during October and November for book one of The Mortality Doctrine series, The Eye of Minds.  Check out the places and dates below:

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TIME

LOCATION


10/8/2013

7:00pm

Official launch party,
sponsored by The King’s English
Rowland Fall High School
843 Lincoln St.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84102


10/9/2013 7:00pm TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE
9315 DORCHESTER ST
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 80129-2521

10/10/2013 6:30pm BOULDER BOOKSTORE
1107 PEARL ST
BOULDER, CO 80302-5103

10/11/2013 7:00pm Ramsey County Library
2180 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

10/12/2013 1:00pm WILD RUMPUS
2720 W 43RD ST
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55410-1643

10/12/2013 7:00pm BARNES & NOBLE #2967
3940 DIVISION ST
SAINT CLOUD, MN 56301-3790

10/21/2013 7:00pm ANDERSON BOOK SHOP
123 W JEFFERSON AVE
NAPERVILLE, IL 60540-5310

10/22/2013 7:00pm BARNES & NOBLE #2622
55 OLD ORCHARD CENTER
SKOKIE, IL 60077

10/23/2013 6:00pm SCHULER BOOKS INC
2820 TOWNE CENTRE BLVD
LANSING, MI 48912-5614

10/24/2013 6:30pm NICOLA’S BOOKS
2513 JACKSON AVE
ANN ARBOR, MI 48103-3818

10/25/2013 6:30pm BARNES & NOBLE #2701
1701 MALLORY LN
BRENTWOOD, TN 37027-2800

10/26/2013 2:00pm PARNASSUS BOOKS, LLC.
3900 HILLSBORO PIKE
NASHVILLE, TN 37215-2724

10/27/2013 2:00pm BOOKS-A-MILLION #530
8507 KINGSTON PIKE
KNOXVILLE, TN 37919-5354

11/5/2013 7:00pm BARNES & NOBLE #2647
760 SE MAYNARD RD
CARY, NC 27511-5720

11/6/2013 7:00pm QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS
3522 WADE AVE
RALEIGH, NC 27607-4048

11/7/2013 5:00pm Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

11/8/2013 7:00pm BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE
2516 SOLOMONS ISLAND RD
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401-3710

11/9/2013 2:00pm BOOKS-A-MILLION #378
137 SPOTSYLVANIA MALL
FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22407-1126

11/16/2013 3:30pm 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128

11/17/2013 4:00pm R.J. JULIA BOOKSELLERS LTD.
768 BOSTON POST RD
MADISON, CT 06443-3047

11/18/2013 6:00pm OBLONG BOOKS & MUSIC
6420 MONTGOMERY ST
RHINEBECK, NY 12572-1356

11/19/2013 7:00pm BARNES & NOBLE #2216
91 OLD COUNTRY RD
CARLE PLACE, NY 11514-1812

11/20/2013 7:00pm THE DOYLESTOWN BOOKSHOP
16 S MAIN ST
DOYLESTOWN, PA 18901-4698

11/21/2013 7:00pm CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD X103136
17 HAVERFORD STATION RD
HAVERFORD, PA 19041-1506

11/22/2013 7:00pm Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Check on the links to confirm the date and time and if possible tickets are needed.

James Dashner Interview with MTV Geek on THE EYE OF MINDS

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We’re still anticipating the release of a trailer for The Maze Runner movie, but in the meantime, check out this interview with James Dashner on his upcoming book, The Eye of Minds.

MTV Geek: I must admit, I was really surprised at some of the twists and turns this story took.  I’d seen it publicized as a virtual reality/cyberpunk thriller, but it seems like you used the premise as a launchpad to spin off in all kinds of directions, and break down barriers between genres.  Was that your original intent, or did that evolve as the story developed?

James Dashner: My main intent from the start was to do something that felt different from Maze Runner. Other than that, I just wanted to take my readers on a trip that would constantly surprise them while having a good time along the way. It was a lot of fun for me to have the backdrop of a virtual reality world because the possibilities are endless. The challenge was to keep it grounded in reality somehow, where the real terror can come to life.

Geek: Did this story come about as a reaction to the wide-open feel of your Maze Runner series, where tech didn’t play as much of a part in the story?

Dashner: I specifically wanted to avoid this book being called a dystopian or post-apocalyptic tale, even though it was set in the future. It was important to me for the new series to feel different. And yes, it was liberating to be in an entirely different world where I could flex those creative muscles like crazy. I had way too much fun writing this book.

Geek: Given that this new book envisions all sorts of advanced tech, where do you go for information and inspiration on that front? Are you a gamer yourself? Do you keep up with Wired/BoingBoing/tech journals/etc?

Dashner: I’m the type of person who stays very dialed-in with the latest advancements in gaming and technology because it fascinates me. If you’d shown me as a kid what we have today, I would’ve died of shock and excitement. That’s why I think the world of the VirtNet is not even remotely implausible. I think it’s 20 to 30 years away at most.

Geek: This is the first of a planned series of novels…  Do you have a specific end in mind, or are you just seeing where the characters take you, and leaving it open-ended?

Dashner: I’ve already mapped this particular story arc as a trilogy, and not just because that’s a popular length for a series. It just really worked out well for what I want to happen overall. I do think this series would have a better chance of having a sequel than The Maze Runner did. That trilogy pretty much had an end with no story left to tell (except for prequels).

Geek: And as a motion picture adaptation of Maze Runner is now in production, has there been similar interest in this new series?  It certainly seems that there’s pretty great cinematic potential…

Dashner: There’s definitely been interest, but nothing is a done deal as of yet. But when I write, I always envision my scenes cinematically before they hit the page, so I really would love to see this one on the big screen some day.

The Eye of Minds will be released on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Read the full interview at MTV Geek.