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Guest blogger: Sue Moorcroft

21 April 2013

Sue MoorcroftWhat do you dream of?

I began Dream a Little Dream with no idea of the fascinating world I was about to broach. After all, we use the word ‘dream’ to describe either sleeping dreams or our desires, and both drive my book. So that’s all there is to it, right?

Sleeping dreams

Dreams are affected by moods, so we get anxiety dreams, the kind where you find yourself in your underwear at an important meeting, and comfort dreams, when we dream our loved ones have come back to tell us that heaven’s heaven. And we have nightmares, when we’re panicking as the monster gets closer or jolt awake just as a groping hand fastens around ours— !

And some dreams are … oohhhhh, yeahhhhh … those kind. (If you’ve never had one of ‘those kind’ of dreams then I suggest you have a strong word with your unconscious mind and demand some.)

My hero in Dream a Little Dream, Dominic Christy, has the rare sleep disorder narcolepsy, so his dreams are exceptionally vivid—good and bad—about aircraft, about his ex and about Liza (which is where the oohhhhh yeahhhhh dreams come in). They’re weird only occasionally wonderful and he sometimes struggles to recognise them for what they are—unreality.

Researching narcolepsy was a challenge and I eventually appealed on the message board of Narcolepsy UK, saying that my character was called Dominic, was in his thirties and had narcolepsy. And I received a reply: ‘My name’s Dominic, I’m in my thirties and I have narcolepsy …’ Incredible! I’d already written more than half the book so Dominic Christy was clear in my mind and I’ve never mixed the two Dominics up, but the real Dominic was able to tell me all the things I didn’t yet know about Dominic Christy—which was a dream come true for me. (After I’d bugged the life out of him for a year or so he would have had every reason to view me as a nightmare, but he’s been kind and polite enough to say he’s actually enjoyed it. You can read an interview with him about the process here.

Desires

Easier to understand than sleeping dreams are the ‘desires’ kind of dreams, and Dominic Christy needs a new one.

He had to leave his dream job as an air traffic controller. It’s off his radar (ouch, feeble joke alert) once narcolepsy hits. Sudden onset of narcolepsy—rare but it does happen—triggers a lot of changes for him. No job, the girlfriend has become ex and he’s living with his cousin Miranda. The poor guy gets himself a new dream, to create an adventure and challenge centre.

And in walks Liza …

Dream a Little DreamIf you’ve read All That Mullarkey you’ll already know Liza as Cleo’s naughty little sister. Way too much fun to leave forever in secondary characterland, she got her own book. I’d left her safely loved up with Adam but being in a relationship turned out not to be her thing and by the time Dream a Little Dream begins she’s had a few dramas. These leave her prickly and ungracious but she’s also hot and funny and Dominic—well, he thinks she’s a walking dream.

Liza’s not in the market for a new man, however hot and funny. She’s been scared off relationships and she’s fighting for her own dream—to take over the holistic centre where she works as a reflexologist—which would be easier if she had more money and less opposition.

Because they wake up to the realisation that if Dominic gets his dream then Liza doesn’t get hers and if Liza does, Dominic doesn’t.

And what about you? Did you dream a dream that came true? Or have you been caught in a nightmare …?

Sue Moorcroft writes novels of dauntless heroines and dream heroes, along with short stories, serials, articles, ‘how to’ and courses. Follow @suemoorcroft on Twitter or befriend sue.moorcroft.3 on Facebook.

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7 Comments
  1. Sarah tranter permalink
    24 April 2013 1:00 am

    This one is on my to read list and can’t wait. Congratulations on all the fab reviews, sue x

  2. 22 April 2013 9:19 pm

    Hi Barbara, yes, it’s a good idea – although the stories do stand alone, they are linked. To be truthful, Starting Over comes before either of them! 🙂 The hero of SO has a small role in ATM; the sister of the heroine in ATM is the heroine in DALD, so quite a few from ATM and SO get roles in DALD. I like reading linked books so I’ve enjoyed writing them, too.

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. Barbara permalink
    22 April 2013 5:26 pm

    Congratulations on your book, I have all that mallarkey on the ereader … Will have to read that before I read this one

  4. 22 April 2013 5:47 am

    Thanks Liz and Beverley. I hope that you enjoy it, Liz. Beverley, glad that it’s going well for you! 🙂

  5. 21 April 2013 7:18 pm

    Your novel is definitely one to read, Sue. It sounds fascinating. I have a particular interest in the subject as I have a friend with narcolepsy, though we are never able mention the subject. I shall learn more about it through your novel.

  6. beverleyeikli permalink
    21 April 2013 12:18 pm

    I’m a third of the way through Dream A Little Dream and am fascinated and loving the story. Now that I know that Liza had a role in All That Malarkey I’ll have to read that, too.

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