Hello everyone! Today I am so excited to welcome one of my favorite writing duos, Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. They are here to talk about their new release, When All the World Sleeps, which I reviewed earlier this week and loved intensely. They are chatting about the book and giveaway some goodies! So please join me in giving Lisa and J.A. a big welcome!
Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, authors of When All the World Sleeps. We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our crazy ideas, this new book, and even giving you a sneak peek or two! And of course there’s a giveaway involved! Leave a comment to win!
Thanks so much to Joyfully Jay for having us, and to everyone following the tour. Today, Lisa talks about sleepwalking:
Once, when I was a kid, I walked into my parents’ room in the middle of the night and proceeded to tell them a story about the tiger that was following me. I was six, and it took a fair while to live this down. That was my one and only documented sleepwalking episode, but even at that age I can remember being quite frightened by the idea that I could be walking, talking, and interacting with people while I was asleep, and have absolutely no memory of it.
I think that the idea that we are not in charge of our own actions taps into a very deep primal fear, and it’s one that Daniel in When All The World Sleeps deals with every day.
The sleepwalkers who kill:
While it sounds like the best excuse in the world, there are a few cases where a killer has been found not guilty due to sleepwalking. One of the most fascinating, and earliest documented cases is that of Robert Ledru, a French detective who, in the 1880s, investigated a homicide on a beach and realised, to his horror, that he was the killer.
The sleepwalkers who have sex:
Sleep sex has also been used as a defence against sexual assaults in court, sometimes successfully. There was also the case of the Australian woman claimed to have no memory of leaving her home in the middle of the night and having sex with strangers.
The sleepwalkers who are artists:
Lee Hadwin draws in his sleep, a talent that remains inaccessible to him during his waking hours.
The human mind is an incredible, unknowable thing.
As Daniel tells Bel, “I wander around like I’m tweaked out. I go to Harnee’s. I cook. I fuck. And one time I did something a whole lot worse than any of that.”
About When All the World Sleeps
Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.
Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.
Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.
You can read an excerpt and purchase When All the World Sleeps here.
About the Authors
Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less-than-magical evening, a server—and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.
Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a great pair of prizes! Up for grabs is an ebook of our last co-release, Mark Cooper versus America, and a $20 gift voucher from Riptide. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your Twitter, or a link to your Facebook or Goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! On APRIL 2, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win this awesome prize!