Ian Thomas Malone
A Trip Down Reality Lane
College life can be tough…
For a junior pursuing a degree in English with no plans for his future, living in the present is far better than the alternative.
One morning he wakes up and embarks on an acid trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with two of his friends.
A step outside reality might be the best way to come back down to earth…
Along the way, the three friends discover what matters most to them, and more importantly, that life is not so much about answers as it is about the exploration of the questions.When the real world doesn’t quite cut it, take a journey down the rabbit hole.
1. Hello, Can you tell us more about your book please?
A Trip Down Reality Lane is a psychedelic coming of age story about a boy who explores what his purpose in life might be while he’s on an acid trip with two of his friends.
2. Out of all the characters, who was the most fun to write and why?
James. He isn’t the main character, but he supplies much of the comedic relief. His scenes were the most fun to write.
3. How did you come up with the idea of the book?
I wanted to do something that was both completely absurd and deeply philosophical. An adventure story about acid and youthful indecisiveness felt like a match made in heaven.
4. What tips would you give to any of my readers who are aspiring to be authors?
Perseverance is everything. Writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint. You need determination more than anything else. Well, maybe not more than tea. I can’t write without tea. Once you finish the manuscript, you can work out the kinks. Unless you’re writing erotica, then you probably want to keep the kinks in.
5. What projects do you have planned for the next year?
I have two more releases on the docket so far and have a lot in the works. My next book, Five More College Dialogues is coming out next month, which is very exciting. I also have a play titled Dead Batteries Tell No Tales coming out sometime in the summer. I just finished the first draft of another manuscript. Things are pretty busy.
6. If you were on a desert island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?
Gandalf the Grey so he could call his eagles to come pick us up off the island. Also Kilgore Trout and Tyrion Lannister so I could watch them debate each other.
7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?
Without a doubt, Winnie the Pooh. Those stories have values in them that anyone can appreciate. I still enjoy a good Pooh adventure.
8. What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve told stories all my life and have been writing online since I was eleven. You do what you love. I love writing.
9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read, swim, and practice yoga. I’m a certified yoga teacher. Beyond that, I like to spend way too much time in coffee shops chatting.
10. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?
I think the cover perfectly captures the essence of the book. It was one of those rare instances where something turns out exactly as you wanted it. I love every bit of it.