If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Dreams are real. Nightmare too. One girl has no idea she holds the power to save dreamers. But to do it she’ll have to confront a nightmare no one has ever survived.
What books have influenced your writing?
My earliest influence was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was the first time I fell in love with literature. Then later, I read His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman and I was fell in love with YA. I remember thinking: I need to write. I need to write something worth reading. Something that stays with people. Those books infected me with those thoughts.
What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
I love getting sucked into a character’s world and emotions. When I was writing The Lucidites Series characters would wake me up in the middle of the night talking in my brain. I’d pull myself out of bed and start recording their dialogue. It was weird and wonderful to be connected to these imaginary people. And the best part is that even as the writer I didn’t know where the story was going. I was usually swept away in a scene and surprised by how it ended. There’s something magical about writing.
Do you have a writing routine?
As a busy mom and college instructor I write when I can. Usually that’s at night when the house is quiet. I lock myself in my office, slap on my headphones and crank up whatever playlist I’ve created for that book. I don’t have a word count goal, but rather just the objective of getting through a particular chapter or scene. During those hours of self-imposed confinement I experience a ton of different states: excitement, awe, frustration, restlessness, exhilaration. Writing is never boring for me and has many ups and downs.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I want readers to believe dreams can be real, that on some level we control where we go in our heads at night. Also the ideas of change, growth and acceptance are huge themes in the books. I hope that this inspires readers, especially young readers, to allow themselves the capacity to do these things. And lastly, I hope that Roya encourages readers to be brave. She’s the main character in The Lucidites and she was inspired by the unwavering spirit I’ve witnessed in so many.
Published by Self published on Nov 24, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?
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