The Heaviness of Knowing by Sharolyn G. Brown: Excerpt, Exclusive Interview & Amazon GC Giveaway

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Series: The Conscious Dreamer Series #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Adult
Format: Ebook, 287 pgs.
Roxal has spent her life using her Dream Traveler ability in service to Trebor’s gods, The Keepers. Even after she learns they aren’t all powerful like she was taught, she dutifully continues to manipulate an Earth woman named Lauren to do their bidding. Roxal’s content pretending to be a loyal follower, until her mate’s activities with a rebel faction put both of their lives in jeopardy.

Meanwhile on Earth, Lauren is struggling to find balance at work and at home. To make matters worse, she develops an acute case of insomnia which disrupts her life. While trying to cure her condition, Lauren discovers that not only do aliens exist, but that she’s been in contact with one for most of her life. And that’s just for starters.

Now Lauren’s world is turned upside down. And Roxal has to figure out if she can harness the survival instincts which before told her to hide and use it to now fight for her survival.

“What are you doing back here? I told you it was dangerous for them to find you here. How did you get to this place? I did not initiate this link.”

The voice sounded the same as the one from her dream-like meditation from two nights before. Lauren wondered why the presence spoke to her like she knew her. Also, what she was saying didn’t make any sense to Lauren.

“I’m here because I was guided here. Why is it dangerous to be here?”

“No one can guide you here but me,” Lauren heard the presence say, while at the same time, Estella was asking, “Lauren, are you talking to someone?”

“Yes, Estella. There’s a woman here and she’s telling me I should go because it’s dangerous for me. And she wants to know how I got here in the first place. I told her you guided me here, but she says you can’t do that.”

“Who are you talking to?” The woman now sounded as if she were confused.

“I’m talking to my therapist, Dr. Estella Olivier.”

“A therapist?” The voice was quiet for several moments. “Are you awake, Lauren?”

This woman was asking the strangest questions. And though she didn’t want to answer, there was just something about her that Lauren sensed she could trust.

“Yes, I’m awake. I’m at a session with my doctor to determine why I can’t sleep. She led me to this room to figure out the answer and then you started talking.”

Both the woman and Estella were silent.

The woman’s voice broke the silence. “Lauren, we have never spoken before while you were awake.”

About the Author:

Sharolyn G. Brown is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who decided the best way to deal with all of the characters in her head was to give them stories and put them in a book. She lives with her husband in Houston, Texas where she divides her time between working, writing, and spending time with him.

For more information about Sharolyn, check out her website You can also connect with her on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram ( To keep up with the latest news, please sign up for her Newsletter (

How did you realize you wanted to write?
I was at a place in my life where I was wondering, “What is my purpose?” During this time, I started reading an omnibus by Octavia Butler. I read, and loved, the first novel. As I started to read the second, I saw the dedication. It said ‘To Lynn – write.' Lynn is my nickname. In that moment, I realized that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a writer.
What idea or thought came first in creating The Heaviness of Knowing?
When I came up with the idea for The Heaviness of Knowing, I was thinking about why some people remember their dreams and others don’t. As I thought of reasons why this would be, I had the idea that maybe there was an outside force that made some people remember their dreams. Not long after, I was struck with the inspiration that maybe this outside force was aliens. Maybe aliens were controlling our dreams and using them to manipulate us. Next came the characters.
What's your favorite Science-Fiction book or author?
Octavia Butler is my favorite science fiction author. In her novels, she builds these amazing worlds and great characters. When I read her books, it’s like I can see a movie playing out in my head, and I love it.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I can’t think of books that have influenced my life. But, I have been a reader my entire life, and I love how a good story pulls you into the main character’s world. I love stories like that
Which of your characters would you want to date?
The character that I would most want to date is a minor one in The Heaviness of Knowing named Vince. He has more of a role in Book 2, the novel I’m working on now. I don’t want to give too much away, but he is one of my favorite male characters.
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
I would be least likely to get along with another minor character named Graham. Again, I don’t want to give anything away, but he isn’t a very likeable person.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
My main character, Roxal, would likely be in awe of my life. She lives in a dystopian society, and she’s in one of the lower castes. So, I think she’d marvel at my day-to-day life.
Can you tell us some of the changes The Heaviness of Knowing went through before publishing?
It went through several changes. One, is I had to change the name of some of my characters. When I first wrote The Heaviness of Knowing, almost nine years ago, my main Earth character, Lauren, was involved with a man named Tim. Well, when I started writing the final version last year, I had to change Tim’s name to Kyle because I currently work with someone named Tim. And, I did not want him to think the character was related to him.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
The only thing I would change is I would have written Books 2 and 3 before publishing Book 1. Trying to market Book 1 and write Book 2 at the same time is difficult. Especially since I have a full-time, non-writing job, and a family, and a life that I love.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The biggest challenge for me is making sure I have a clear idea of what each character wants. My stories are driven by what my characters are trying to accomplish in a given set of circumstances. So, if I don’t have a clear idea of what my character wants, it’s hard for me to write.
What book are you reading now?
I read multiple books at the same time. I’m currently reading The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, The Girl with all the Gifts, by M.R. Carey, and Dying Hour, by Kory M. Shrum.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to thank them for reading my novels and this interview. I want them to know that I’m working on Book 2 of the series. And, I want them to know that in late October I’ll be publishing a novella about Edo, one of the characters in The Heaviness of Knowing, which my newsletter subscribers will be able to get for free.
How is the best way for readers to connect with you and learn more about your books?
The best way to connect with me is by signing up for my Newsletter [] on my website, or connecting with me on Facebook, And the best way to find out about my books is to sign up for my Newsletter or check out my website,


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  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

    1. Hi, Mai. I was inspired to write The Heaviness of Knowing by a conversation with a friend who said she never remembered her dreams. I was thinking about this, and then my imagination took over.

  2. Thank you Broke Book Bank for hosting me today.

  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Thank you for following the tour, Lisa. Good luck in the drawing!

  5. Great post, thanks for sharing the excerpt and interview!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview Rita. Thanks for following the tour.

  7. You're welcome, Victoria. Thanks for reading them and thanks for following the tour.

  8. Thank you Broke Book Bank for hosting me today. And thank you to everyone who commented.


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