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P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets. Pratt’s latest projects are editing Book Two of the Orora Cron ...more

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P.H.T. Bennet Wow, that's a tough but great question, Jane... I love doing the research, coming up with a starting point and seeing where it will take me,…moreWow, that's a tough but great question, Jane... I love doing the research, coming up with a starting point and seeing where it will take me, collaborating with incredible illustrators like Veronica V. Jones and Michael Packer and seeing my scenes and characters come to life in images richer than i ever could have made... But I think my favorite part of writing is when a character I'm writing does something I hadn't planned, says something that really surprises me... That has happened so many times with DeeDee! I'd be writing a scene that I thought I'd planned well, then DeeDee would take over and run away, or hide, or say something that led in a totally different direction. My only talent in that process has been listening to her and following her. Like my daughter Juliette, DeeDee is smart in ways I'm not, intuitively, and I've learned to trust her and let her lead. That has been the best part- watching my characters take on lives of their own.(less)
P.H.T. Bennet It depends. If it's about a problem in the story, I try drawing, researching, and talking about it, and that usually works. If it stops me from…moreIt depends. If it's about a problem in the story, I try drawing, researching, and talking about it, and that usually works. If it stops me from writing altogether, which has happened many times, the best thing to do is just let it go for a little while and enjoy other artists' work. I love looking at paintings and sculpture, and I read constantly. For some reason I've never understood, though, what sets off the biggest flood of new ideas is going to a classical music concert or a ballet. Maybe it's because they are SO different from anything I do. I always try to bring a notebook when I go to one because something about that setting triggers a whole new stream of ideas about my stories.(less)
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Raising Sleeping Stones

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Interview with Arvenig.it

Nice interview with Arvenig, who runs a blog on fantasy novels:

http://www.arvenig.it/blog/fa-3/
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