Dream a LOT of Dreams!

TODAY IS PUBLICATION DAY FOR DREAM A LITTLE DREAM!

Here’s the blurb:

What would you give to make your dreams come true?

Liza Reece has a dream. Working as a reflexologist for a troubled holistic centre isn’t enough. When the opportunity arises to take over the Centre she jumps at it. Problem is, she needs funds, and fast, as she’s not the only one interested.

Dominic Christy has dreams of his own. Diagnosed as suffering from a rare sleep disorder, narcolepsy, disillusioned with his live-in girlfriend and discharged from the job he adored as an Air Traffic Controller, he’s single-minded in his aims. He has money, and plans for the Centre that don’t include Liza and her team. But dreams have a way of shifting and changing and Dominic’s growing fascination with Liza threatens to reshape his.

And then it’s time to wake up to the truth …

I’m honoured that a whole host of fabulous writers, broadcasters, editors and friends are joining me to celebrate the publication of Dream a Little Dream by sharing their dreams with you. Each day, over the next couple of weeks, one of them will guest post – and there will be some great giveaways, too.

So, I’m going to kick off with the dream that I banned the rest of them from using – it was my dream to be a writer.

I began writing ‘books’ when I was about eight – thinly disguised rewrites of the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, illustrated by me. In the last year of primary school I had a teacher whose only saving grace was that he told me I could write. I kept trying to make my ‘compositions’ into a book but he’d never let me get past page 5, because then I’d have to ‘Finish it up! Finish it up!’ so that he could get on with the marking.

I held on to my dream through senior school, still slightly awed that I could get good marks for making stuff up (only in English. It didn’t work in maths). I wasn’t put off by a coworker at my Saturday job (in a butcher’s shop – all glam, me) telling me that I was talking out of the back of my head (clean version) when I said I was going to be a novelist.

But I did allow myself to be distracted when it came to getting a proper job, after college. I kept on writing … But my dream of being a novelist seemed to recede. I think this was mainly because I didn’t know any and I had no idea how to make it happen. It seemed the kind of thing other people did. Special people who had been sprinkled with sparkly fiction dust, or something.

When my children were small and I only worked part-time, the writing bug leapt up on my shoulder and finally began to tell me stories that had enough substance to fill a hundred, two hundred sheets of typewritten paper. I’ll never forget the eurphoria of finishing that first book. Or the second.

No publishers wanted them, of course. To say they were unpublishable is polite. I caught on that I was doing something wrong and began a course – the same kind of course I teach on, now – and took what I felt was a step back, in that I began writing short stories. And, miracle! After the first thirty or so I sent out, I sold one! Whee! The People’s Friend, a proper magazine that you could buy anywhere in the country, published my work. And then My Weekly did it. And Woman’s Weekly.

It was a happy period. But … they weren’t novels, were they?

I never stopped writing the novels. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, where I was privileged to find lots of people who wrote novels, and, yes, maybe they had been sprinkled with sparkly fiction dust – but they were also creative, imaginative, hard-working people who had kept on keeping on until they found success.

And, finally, after eighty-seven short stories and a serial, I received that phone call, the one I’d dreamed of for so long. ‘I have an offer for you.’ That’s how it feels to have a dream come true.

If you’d like to win a signed copy of Dream a Little Dream just tell me about one of your dreams you made come true. The story I like most wins the copy.

Tomorrow, the wonderful Carole Matthews will be sharing her dream post with you. Check back then.

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21 responses to “Dream a LOT of Dreams!

  1. Congratulations on your latest publication.

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  2. Caroline Praed

    My son was diagnosed with autism, aged 2. The paediatric consultant told me he might never learn to speak, but he was bright enough to be able to read and write.
    I refused to give up on my dream of teaching him to speak, and – aged 4 – he finally said his own name. Then, within days, he announced his dinosaur drawing was a ‘Paracephalosaurus’.
    [!]
    Mind you, it was another six months before he fulfilled another of my major dreams and called me ‘Mummy’ for the first time…

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  3. Sunnu Golwalla

    Sue, your blog is inspiring. After writing 30 short stories you sold your first one, and after eighty-seven short stories you sold a novel. I also realize that I have a loooooong way to go.

    Awaiting Carole Mathews’ blog!

    With my best regards

    Sunnu

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  4. Trish

    I have small dreams… I want a little flat filled with music, bookshelves, a cat and lots of coffee mugs in bright colours that don’t match. My (ex) fiancé is o controlling that none of these things are allowed. So I left, this past weekend. I am looking forward to making my little dreams come true, one book at a time… 🙂

    Congrats on publication day, Sue! Xxx

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  5. Hi Sue, that book sounds good. I fell in love young, married and had a great time, then real life intervened and we had a nasty parting. I spent 15 years realising I’d made a mistake, then working out how I could put it right. One day, that magical person happened to bump into me and told me I looked great, I said ‘I miss you’ and he said ‘I miss you too.’ Now we’re back together again and I treasure every day.

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  6. Dreamed I started up a newsletter for teachers of special needs students and that people bought it. Within a couple of months I’d started writing it and was lobbing out samples. Within 3 years there were over 500 paying subscribers. In the end it got too big to manage, and it was taken over by 3 teachers. That was over 10y ago and it’s still going & growing! Congrats on publication, Sue.

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  7. What an inspiring story Sue. I have bookmarked the tale of your dream come true as a source of future inspiration for those days when I feel like giving up. My dream is simple – for years and years I fantasized about writing, and last May, on my father’s first birthday after his passing away, I took up the pen and haven’t stopped spilling words since. Thanks Dad, I know the deluge is a gift from you. I felt you pass by on that warm day in early summer. xxx

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  8. A very inspirational blog. Thanks Sue. I won’t wish you luck as clearly it is hard work and perseverance that brings success. It is all too easy to become disillusioned and give up, so I admire your fortitude in not doing so and admire what you have achieved. .

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  9. I found you through your blog hosting by on Book Babe, great post and the book sounds great. I am an aviator through and through and love the idea of your theme for Dream A Little Dream. Best of luck with it and please come and post on my site any time.
    Telma Cortez.

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  10. Congratulations Sue! I’ve enjoyed your other books and I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I love the idea of an air traffic controller with narcolepsy.

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