Local author explores dreams

DEKALB — Imagine if dreams could become reality.

That is the topic local author Alex Ferguson explores in his recently-published novel “Life Cycle.”

The novel is a supernatural thriller about a man who dreams about the exact day of his death, May 5, 2027, then dreams about future events, which eventually lead up to the time of his earthly departure.

“I don’t want to give away too much more than that,” Ferguson said. “That’s when the book climaxes and when things really become interesting.”

Ferguson said, even though the novel is a fictional story, it includes thoughts and emotions that most people deal with throughout their lives.

“It’s something a lot of people can identify with, about having thoughts go through your head and being unsure about things in your life and not being sure of what’s going to happen from one thing to another,” Ferguson said. “Early readers have identified with that already.”

“Even though a lot of the book takes place in a fantasy world and a creative world, I try to convey a lot of life lessons and truths about life underneath that fantasy,” he said. “That’s what a lot of people have enjoyed most about this book.”

The story is set in the Midwest and features several well-known, local sites.

“Most of the book takes place in Illinois, so there’s a local angle to that,” Ferguson said. “It features a lot of locales in the state and famous landmarks.”

Ferguson said he developed the idea for the story based on a dream he had, and based on some of his past experiences.

“I started thinking about it, and I started connecting some real-life events from my past and the present, and it all started to fall into place, then I put together an outline,” Ferguson said.

“I put in about three or four events that I’ve heard about and then made up the rest that take place in the future,” he said.

“A lot of it is about my own real-life occurrences and people I know.”

“Life Cycle” is available to purchase at www.alexjferguson.com and www.unlimitedpublishing.com/ferguson.

The book is also available at Borders, Barnes and Noble and amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds from the advanced sales will be donated to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

“It has nothing to do with the publisher or anybody else. I’m just committed to that cause,” Ferguson said. “So anybody who orders a copy from my Web site directly, a portion of that will benefit St. Jude’s.”

Ferguson said it took about six months to complete the book. He said working on the book and operating his janitorial business has kept him busy during the past year.

“It was very draining emotionally, mentally and physically. I work very long hours as it is with my regular business. Then with this, I would spend nights, evenings, early mornings and weekend hours working at it,” Ferguson said.

“I wanted to get it started, because I had a lot of emotions inside of me that I hadn’t realized were there before. It took a lot out of me, and I can’t think about writing for a while now.”

Ferguson received a degree in journalism from Western Illinois University in 2001. He previously wrote a column for the Daily Chronicle entitled “County Fare.”

He also has written several short stories. “Life Cycle” is his first novel.

“I always knew I had a novel in me somewhere,” Ferguson said.

“I just got the idea and the ambition this past year to put it all together and put it into some kind of tangible form, then after doing all the editing and submitting, I was lucky enough to find (a publisher) who liked it as much as I did.”

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