Thursday, July 11, 2013

From a Dead Sleep by John Daly: Interview


Welcome! It’s wonderful to have you visit and agree to answer a few of my questions.  J  Tell us about your favorite character in “From a Dead Sleep”.

My favorite character is the protagonist, Sean Coleman. I’ve known a few of people throughout my life who were their own worst enemies. They weren’t bad people by any means. They were well-intentioned and wanted to be successful in life, but they also had a knack for setting themselves up for failure. I wanted to create this type of person in Sean Coleman – a deeply flawed, abrasive man who has somewhat given up on life.

Because I’m a big believer in redemption, I wanted personal vindication to be one of Sean’s primary motivators. That motivator makes him someone I believe the reader will be rooting for, even if they find him to be a somewhat unsavory character.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

For a reason I can’t explain, the best ideas seem to come to me at inconvenient times, when I’m not sitting in front of my laptop computer. It might be when I’m dropping my kids off at school. It might be when I’m out for a late night walk around the neighborhood, or strolling down the aisles of a grocery store. I try to keep a pad and paper handy, but it’s not always possible. A couple of years ago, my wife bought me one of those mini-cassette recorders to keep in my pocket so I could record whatever ideas popped into my head. However, I felt like a fool talking to myself in public, so I gave up on that technique.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I prefer to write in the late morning. That’s when my head is the clearest. About three hours a day is what it usually amounts to. I’m a night-owl by nature, so I wish I could be a more effective writer at night. I can usually pull off writing a column or a blog entry then, but fiction requires that the creative juices are really flowing. The morning is the best time for that.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Absolutely not. I would love to be able to do so. I’m a music lover, but I’ve found that music doesn’t facilitate my creativity. It only hinders it by distracting my thought process. A while back, someone suggested that I try purely orchestrated music so my attention wouldn’t be drawn away from my writing and toward the lyrics. It didn’t help. It was still a distraction.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

Actually, yes. There’s a short chapter more than halfway through the novel that is kind of self-indulgent. Though the scene is important to the story, the character (who is only in that single chapter) really isn’t. He was modeled after me when I was a younger man, of college age. He drives the same car I had back then, he has the same economic means (or lack thereof), and he has the same type of friends I used to hang out with. He also has the same uptight, over-thinking personality that people used to know me for.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I’ve never felt that I express myself particularly well, verbally. I’m not an eloquent conversationalist, and I’m not a great public speaker. Writing, however, is different. It gives me a chance to really formulate my words and convey precisely whatever point or story I wish to relay. For me, writing is a more honest, accurate communication method than talking.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A mail man. To me, it seemed like the perfect job. You get the spend the day outside, it’s good exercise, everyone is friendly to you, and you get to wear a nifty safari hat and knee-high socks without anyone making fun of you.

Description of From a Dead Sleep:  


Publisher: BQB Publishing  (June 25, 2013)

Category: Thriller/Suspense

Tour Date: June 24th-July 19th

Available in: eBook,  398 pages


Few residents in the small, secluded mountain town of Winston, Colorado, have kind words to say about Sean Coleman. He's a bully, a drunk, and a crime-show-addicted, armchair detective with an overactive imagination. After a night of poor judgment, Sean finds himself the sole witness to the unusual suicide of a mysterious stranger.


With the body whisked away in the chilling rapids of a raging river, no one believes Sean's account. Tormented over the doubts and mockery of the people of Winston, Sean embarks on a far-reaching crusade that takes him across the country in search of the dead man's identity and personal vindication. At the end, he hopes to find redemption and the truth-but sometimes the truth is better left unknown. There are times when the truth invites evil. There are times when the truth can get you killed.


"Some writers are thoughtful. Some have style. John Daly has both. When I read his work, it's time well spent." - Bernard Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of 'Bias'.

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About John Daly:


A lifelong Coloradoan, John Daly graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in business administration and computer information systems. He spent the next fifteen years developing accounting software and Internet-based workflow collaboration solutions. 

With a thirst for creative expression that went beyond the logic and absolutes of computer programming, John developed an interest in writing. His early work included newspaper editorials and film and television reviews for entertainment websites. He later became drawn toward more substantive commentary on world events. He currently writes political, cultural, and media analysis columns for the website of Bernard Goldberg, former CBSNews journalist and The New York Times bestselling author. 

John felt compelled to take his writing to the next level after watching a television interview with former NFL football player, Tim Green. Inspired by Green's career transition from a professional athlete to an accomplished author, John found the motivation to begin work on his first novel, From a Dead Sleep. 

From a Dead Sleep is the story of a profoundly flawed man who witnesses a tragic event that no one else believes, and that man's quest for the truth and redemption. The mystery novel unfolds in the dense mountain ranges of Colorado where John has spent much time camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

John lives in Greeley, Colorado, with his wife and two children. You can visit John's website at or

From a Dead Sleep Tour Schedule

So Many Precious books June 21 Spotlight & Giveaway
Recent Reads June 24 Review & Giveaway
Romance & Inspirations    June 25 Guest Post
Books, Books & More Books June 26 Review & Giveaway
Ordinary Girlz June 27 Review                                             
My Cozy Corner June 28  Review & Giveaway
Housewife Blues & Chihuahua July 1 Interview
Celtic Lady Reviews July 2 Review                                                    
Book Lover's Library July 3 Review                                                      
Book Lover's Library July 5 Guest Post & Giveaway
Saving for 6 July 8                                          
Buried Under Books July 9 Interview
Succotash Reviews July 10 Review & Giveaway
Laurie's Non-Para.Thoughts & Reviews   July 11 Interview
A Book & a Lattee July 11 Review & Giveaway
Serendipity July 12 Review                                        
Manic Mama of 2 July 15 Review & Giveaway
Literary Etc. July 16 Review   



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