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Scapemaker by Steve Cypert

Published on Friday, April 12, 2013 by

Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.

Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father’s strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner’s classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years).

Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as “night terrors” and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of young love, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined.

Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.

Brief Excerpt: Hunter was sitting in an old wooden chair rocking back and forth. He was playing with a handful of sand, letting it fall from the palm of his hand. Though it was too dark to distinguish any color, this particular sand seemed to have a mild glow that was blue in color. It appeared to be the sand from Mr. Namely’s jar. Before the sand hit the floor it swirled back up into his other hand. That would have seemed normal to Daedree if it was happening in a dream, but what she was witnessing was not a dream. Daedree was reading into Hunter’s real-world thoughts and therefore she was only able to see the real-world around him. However, if Hunter was to fall asleep while Daedree was reading into his thoughts, she would be dragged helplessly into his dark and deadly dream-world. And that is something she wished to avoid.

Daedree noticed a grimy window that was too difficult to see through. She hoped to be able to make her way to the window as Hunter sat quietly in the dark, wallowing in his own disgust. However, the feelings that swelled within Daedree’s mind were too overwhelming to encourage action on her part. Escaping the dark scene, Daedree woke up in the triplet’s dorm room. She opened her eyes and took in a breath of relief, afraid to go on.

“That awful place felt so empty and alone,” she said. “I don’t know if I can go back.” Holding an emotional tear, she took a drink of water. She then continued, “There’s not one good thought in that place. There’s nothing but waste and want. I can feel his selfish cravings and an abyss of secrets I hope to never know.” (Blurb from chapter 16 – “A Dark Place”)

What are the main themes of your book?

The main themes of Scapemaker are knowing who your true friends really are and that bullying doesn’t amount to anything. Standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves is another element of the main themes.

Who or what inspired your story?

Everything that inspired Scapemaker stems from when I was in grade school. I hate bullying because I was bullied early on in grade school. After a while, I was able to stand up for those who were smaller or unable to. Bullying seems to always creep in as an underlying theme. Though I still feel strongly about bullying, that element of inspiration is more personal.

About three years ago I became determined to write a story capable of becoming main stream. I really wanted to be a successful author so I can keep writing without being a bother to my family. I wanted to be able to write without needing to work a traditional job; I wanted to be able to take as much time for my family as I wanted/needed without being a burden to a traditional company. A popular mainstream novel would allow that in my life and that of my family’s. But I needed to know… what made a book a best seller? I saw a segment on TV with Will Smith. In that segment he mentions how he came to be in so many blockbusters. He said that he thought about what ingredients turned a movie into a blockbuster. Well, I decided to do the same thing. I figured out that most bestselling books were YA paranormals, which genre is different today than it was decades ago. Since today’s bestsellers and mainstream novels seem to be YA paranormal or fantasy, I thought I’d write one. But what story could be original in such a saturated genre?

I have always loved to write. I wrote a portion of a story that I never did finish when I was about sixteen years old that centered on the imagination and dreams. I decided that the dream-world as a main location and dreamscapers as the main characters would be more original than vampires, werewolves or zombies as main characters. Scapemaker can and still does have such characters, but not as the main. I also recreated vampires into what I call soul feeders. The creatures everyone knows as werewolves are characterized as skinwalkers or shape shifters that some Native American cultures feel are truly real today. I made Scapemaker epic with four books in the series. My inspiration came from both the story I began decades ago and a lot of pondering.

What do you like best about your primary characters?

I love that my primary characters are flawed. They are afraid. They don’t speak with the best grammar and they use a little slang. But they are also smart. I like the fact that they don’t drink, smoke or use foul language, but they still relate with teenagers when it comes to peer pressure and bullying. My main characters also have big imaginations and work together to overcome their personal problems as well as the antagonistic powers that be.

What are their worst peculiarities?

If I have read into this question correctly, their peculiarities are their strange behaviors in the real-world. The dreamscapers are portrayed as strange to the rest of the student body. But with enough confidence and perseverance, they are able to rise above all the negatives. I can’t mention too much about specific “peculiarities” since they are vital to the story. I would have to write some spoilers in this interview. I’d rather let the reader find these peculiarities on their own.

How does your main character evolve?

My main character in pretty arrogant to begin with. He thinks he’s the best thing to ever hit high school football or high school in general. Eventually he matures through trials and friendships and he humbles himself. He becomes somewhat of an advocate for those who are a little more timid than he. I think he evolves into someone likeable, not just a jock with an attitude that he is seen by some of the other students as.

What’s the principal message you want to send to your audience?

Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not just to please your peers. You can do anything with confidence if you surround yourself with the right people and for the right reasons. You can make mistakes and misjudgments but you need to realize that those misjudgments probably mirror you. Take a good look at yourself before you place a judgment on someone else.

What’s the nicest thing anyone has said about your book? 

“This story is so absolutely unique and very out of this realm without seeming over the top crazy that you can’t help but want to journey there. Not only is the world vividly put together, but the story itself is well written and fast paced.”

I have to mention the following quote as well. This one is my favorites. It’s a funny and a clever quote:

“I would liken this book to Yoda meeting Neo and going on a hike with the Goonies.”

Where can we purchase it?

Amazon in Paperback or ebook;

Smashwords as an ebook;

Barns and Noble in paperback or ebook.

Or all other related ebook stores.

About Steve Cypert

Steve is the second child of seven born in Los Angeles, California to a wonderful mother and father. At twenty-four years of age he moved from his parents’ home in Los Angeles, CA. to Salt Lake City, Utah. Two decades later he still lives in Utah, where he found and married his beautiful wife, Katie. Today they live in South Jordan, Utah with their little 8 month old son, Ozzie and his hairy brother, Duke – a four year old Shih Tzu. Before finding his [mostly] sweet wife, Steve graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.

For as long as he can remember, Steve has loved to come up with creative and far-fetched stories. Sometime in the early 2000’s, he decided to put one of his story ideas on paper. He wrote a poem titled Pirate and Captain. The poem was an adventurous tale. He then decided to write the story as a novel. He wrote Port of Errors in just three months. However, it took him nine years to research, edit and put the missing pieces together. Port of Errors will eventually be a trilogy under the name Born of Tyranny.

Steve’s second novel is the first in a series of four. The title, at first, was The Son of Nicholas Namely. But Steve soon changed it to Scapemaker, which will be the name of the series. As of January 2013, the second book has a completed, detailed outline and he will begin writing it shortly.

Steve loves photography and is very good at it. He shot weddings for a while, but mainly loves wildlife and landscape. He also loves volleyball and hiking. He has a mountain bike, but never uses it. And finally, he is a sad, self-indulgent, fanatically addicted junkie, and lover – of movies on the big screen.

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