Welcome to Character Chats.
Today I am pleased to have the opportunity to chat with Alex Newfeld from In Death He Lives. As some of you may remember, Alex was ejected from the car driven by Reade Calan, when the car veered off the road. He lost the battle when he rolled, head first, into a boulder. Though in a deep coma, Alex lived a full life in a coma-induced dream. That coma-induced dream is the topic for today’s character chat.
Larry: Hi Alex. Welcome to the chatroom.
Alex: It’s a pleasure to be here. Frankly I thought John would be interviewing me Are you hiding him in the backroom?
Larry: No, he’s here, but I thought John’s readers would get a different prospective and be more interesting if you and I had a conversation. So it must have been quite difficult for you to so involved with Reade and not even be acknowledged at his father’s party.
Alex: Yes, Larry, it was. I was in-love with Reade and just wanted us to be open about our lives. But he was so afraid of what Harrold would do that he just couldn’t find the courage to stand up to him.
Larry: I can understand how he felt. Didn’t his father rule with an iron fist?
Alex: Yes he did, but frankly Reade is a strong, independent person. All he needed to do was develop a pair of balls and take a stand.
Larry: Readers want to know about your coma-induced dream. Was it as real as it seemed?
Alex: Oh, it was real alright. I was Lane. There is no question in my mind that I actually lived that life and Terry was actually my husband.
Larry: Wait, you think you lived the life you dreamed?
Alex: Some people don’t believe in alternate realities, but after living in this one, I am convinced. Yes, I really lived Lane’s life.
Larry: When you were in the coma, did you hear Gena, Jason and Reade talking to you?
Alex: I’m not sure I actually heard them, but I did have vivid dreams that included them. At first, some of my dreams were so vivid they actually started to scare me. But I soon realized that my dreams had some meaning behind them.
Larry: Is that why Lane got you the journal?
Alex: Yes, Lane thought if I wrote out my dreams I would be able to get them out of my system, or at least get some understanding about why I was having them.
Larry: Did it work?
Alex: More than anyone thought. I soon realized that my dreams were more than dreams. I wrote them out, read them and saw that my life was shared in two different times and places. It was surreal.
Larry: You never told Terry about your feelings, did you?
Alex: Not completely. I let him in on some of the dreams, but not the full meaning behind them.
Larry: So to go back to my original question – You did hear Reade, Jason, and Gena while you were in the coma, but their voices appeared as dreams?
Alex: Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. I heard them as part of my Dreams. But remember I was Lane, living that life and didn’t understand who Reade, Gena, or Jason were. In fact I didn’t know who Alex was?
Larry: Wow, I simply cannot imagine what it must have been like for you to awaken from the coma after living so many years of Lane’s life.
Alex: I’m still not sure I can put all of this into a few sentences. I lived for over 60 years as Lane, then found that life was merely a few weeks in this reality. It’s hard to explain.
Larry: OK, last question for now. Do you still miss Terry now that Reade has openly declared his love for you?
Alex: How do you forget the life you lived for over 60 years, most of that with the one person you loved? I understand that life is gone and I have this one to live. Reade and I are definitely in love, but yeah, I do miss Terry. In fact I miss him a lot.
Larry: I said that was the last question, but I do have one more. Will you come back for another chat?
Alex: Yes, that would be fun. But I think it would be more interesting for your readers if you had a long chat with Lane or maybe both Lane and Terry.
I’ve been chatting with Alex Newfeld from In Death He Lives by John Charles. If you’d like to read more about Lane, Terry, Alex or Reade click on the above link, or the book cover to claim your copy.
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