Thank you, Beverly, for letting me guest blog on your blog today. I want to talk about dreams
I’m Kay LaLone author of Ghostly Clues. I live in Michigan with my husband and fourteen year old son (two older sons live near by) and two dogs and a cat. I refer to my pets as my boys because they are my babies since they don’t grow up like my sons do. I love to get up in the morning and write. My favorite things to write about are ghosts and supernatural creatures. I’m an avid reader and do reviews on the books I read.
What are dreams? Dreams are successions of images, ideas emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Sometimes I wish I could control those images and be able to live out my stories in my dreams. But dreams are uncontrollable.
Many of my story ideas have come from my dreams like Mysterious Visions, which I’m currently revising. So I try to keep a notebook on my nightstand for those nighttime inspirations.
Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, and adventurous. So why not use dream scenes in your stories? To me dreams aren’t only a good way to come up with story ideas, but I have noticed in most of my stories, I show my character’s dreams. We all dream so why not our characters. I use it as a way to show how my characters are feeling, what they remember about there past like in Ghostly Clues. Sarah Kay has dreams about her father. But could those dreams really be memories that Sarah Kay has hidden away in her mind? Sometime my character’s dreams can predict the future like in Family Secret, a book I just finished. Or maybe a dream would be a good way for a spirit to communicate with a person.
Just like ghosts and spirits, dreams have always fascinated me. It’s a way our minds work out problems. Sometimes dreams are like a book which takes us to another world, another place, and takes us on an adventure. Sometimes we wake up wishing we could remember that good dream we just had, but instead we are only left with a distant memory that we had just visited a world all our own. Then there are those dreams I can’t wait to write down and transform them into a story that will draw the reader into my character’s world, and maybe into their dreams.
About Ghostly Clues
The sweet scent of lilacs permeates the air around Grandma’s gravesite. Only Sarah Kay can smell Grandma’s favorite flower, and they’re not even in bloom.
Sarah Kay and her best friend, Mary Jane, believe the lilacs are a sign from Grandma’s ghost. The girls follow one ghostly clue after another, uncovering a secret that Mom never wanted Sarah Kay to know.
Grandma makes sure Sarah Kay gets the message even from the grave. As the evidence piles up, Mom still refuses to accept the possibility Sarah Kay’s father is alive.
Sarah Kay finds Dad’s parents. A set of grandparents she didn’t realize existed. They make it clear her father is alive but days and miles separate the father and daughter reunion because Dad is a truck driver on a long haul.
Sarah Kay waits. The news reports a fatal car accident involving a semi and Sarah Kay fears the worse. She runs away which leads to Dad and the truth, Mom wanted Dad to remain dead.
Dad had faked his death so why not just stay dead. The ghostly clues of Grandma wouldn’t allow Dad to remain dead to Sarah Kay.
Oooh! Don't you just love this spooky cover.