Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An Interpretation of Dreams Guest Post by YA Author Heather Reid

I'm so excited to have my Month9Books publishing house sister Heather Reid with me today. Ever since seeing Heather's gorgeous cover and reading the blurb, I've been dying to get my hands on Pretty Dark Nothing.



Seventeen-year-old Quinn hadn’t slept a full night in twenty-three days. She’s terrified of the demons that stalk her dreams, pull her into a deep dark nothingness and whisper hauntingly of her death. Exhausted, Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, and Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. If Quinn can learn to trust her heart, and Aaron can discover the secret locked away in his fragile memory, their combined power could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.


Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and dreaming up new novels to write.
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Find Heather on Twitter: @HeatherLReid and check out her website: www.heatherlreid.com.

Take it away, Heather!

An Interpretation of Dreams

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before."
Edgar Allan Poe

Last night, fireworks exploded in the sky around our house. Millions of red and blue lights streaked across the night sky. The windows rattled from the concussion echoing across the neighbourhood and I was frightened. I ran for my husband and begged him to wake up. Something strange was going on and we needed to get out of here. Turning on the news, we were shocked to find entire cities had been destroyed by an eerie green death ray (think War of The Worlds). The Earth was under attack and all we could do was watch the devastation play out around us. That’s when I woke myself up.

I’ve always been a vivid dreamer. As a child, I suffered from night terrors and sleep walking. Although I eventually grew out of the sleep walking, the nightmares never went away. I would dream of faceless entities and demons on a reoccurring basis. I spent my pre-teen years trying to rationalize my fear while I spent my nights huddled under my covers with a book and a flash light afraid to fall asleep for fear of what would greet me in my dreams. There were even nights I suffered from severe and terrifying sleep paralysis as well as out of body experiences.

When I got older, I started to control my dreams instead of letting my dreams control me. As I slept, I became aware that I was dreaming and would make choices to change the outcome. Sometimes I would choose to run from whatever was chasing me, or sometimes I would stop the dream and change it completely. It wasn’t until I started reading books about dreams and dream interpretation that I found out about lucid dreaming and became fascinated with the meaning of dreams. Keeping a dream journal helped me reflect on what was going on in my everyday life that might affect me. It helped me take control and understand what my unconscious was trying to tell me. I still have nightmares every now and then, but I understand them now, and I rarely wake up in a cold sweat anymore.


Want to know about lucid dreaming, false awakenings, and dream interpretation? Check out some of these links.

Are you a lucid dreamer? What are your thoughts on the meanings of dreams?

48 comments:

  1. I had the same reaction the first time I saw Heather's cover and read the blurb. I just had to have it. Many congrats to Heather! I'm fascinated by this whole subject of dreaming and altering one's dreams.

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  2. Sounds like an awesome read Heather!! Can't wait to pick it up for my summer reading list.

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    1. Thank you, LM! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  3. Congrats Heather! Sounds amazing.
    I kept a dream journal for awhile where I wrote down my day on one page and the dream on the back. I wanted to see if they were connected but I started to suspect that writing the most important aspects of my day down just before I slept was influencing my night brain.
    I don't dream too much as an adult - or at least I don't remember them.

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    1. I have trouble remembering my dreams, too.

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    2. Jessie, that's interesting that what you were writing before bed might have been influencing your dreams at night. I do sometimes ask my characters to speak to me while I dream, or think about troublesome plot issues.There have been a few times when dreaming helped me solve a writing problem. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  4. Wow, that does sound amazing! Congrats to Heather. :)

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  5. Oh, I like. Adding it to my TBR list. Thanks so much.

    I don't dream. Weird, huh?

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    1. Do you think maybe you just don't remember dreaming?

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    2. My husband says he doesn't dream either. I agree with Kelly, you just don't remember them. :)

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  6. Nice cover art, interesting premise. I think that sometimes dreams are prophetic, other times they attempt to "sweat out" a problem, and then other times they mean nothing. The challenge is to know, intuitively, which is which!

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    1. I've had some really crazy dreams I couldn't figure out. LOL

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    2. Catherine, exactly! It's hard to know which ones are significant.

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  7. The cover is amazing and the book sounds so good. I definitely want to read it.

    I have always had vivid dreams, but thankfully only a few nightmares a year. Dream interpretation is fascinating. I often tell myself to start jotting down my dreams, but haven't started- yet.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I used to get really bad nightmares as a kid.

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    2. Thanks for sharing your expriences, Stephanie.

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  8. A lack of sleep will get to you - no lie. I'm totally digging the concept from the first line, and the quote by Poe? I'm sold.

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  9. I fell in love with the cover, too. Month9Books does such a great job and this is a prime example of their standout work. The blurb is short (perfect), but gives a great layer of mystery. Another one for my TBR. :)

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  10. I used to really get into dream interpretations, because I have so many stinkin' story dreams, but eventually I quit chasing meaning and just started writing them down. I LOVE anything that focuses on the power of dreams.

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    1. Yeah, the meaning can be tough to find.

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  11. Doesn't this sound fun! As a matter of fact, even Heather's life sounds fun. :-)

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  12. I suffer from night terrors too and used to sleep walk as well. Keeping a dream journal helps me sometimes as well. In fact, most of my early manuscripts were based off of dreams.

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    1. Very cool—about using your dreams for manuscript ideas, not the night terror part. ;)

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  13. My kids have bad nightmares, and my oldest used to sleepwalk. It's tough.
    I can't wait to read this, Heather!

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    1. My husband sleep eats. He'll sleepwalk into the kitchen and get food. Then he'll wake up because he's eating and he doesn't remember getting out of bed. ;)

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  14. That is an awesome cover! The book sounds really interesting.

    I've usually vivid dreams. They can be irrititing sometimes becasue I wake up feeling like I've been running all night. Most of the time, I keep a journal by my. I waked up, write down my dreams so I can use them in stories.

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    1. I had a really vivid dream when I was in middle school. When I woke up, I searched my room for the purse I had in the dream because I was sure my dream had really happened.

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  15. That sucks that you suffered from night terrors, Heather! I've heard that those are BAD, but I've never experienced one or seen anyone experiencing a night terror before. BUT, it is very cool that you can now control and analyze your dreams! That is a fantastic ability or skill to have! And clearly, it's handy, with Pretty Dark Nothing! :D

    Everyone, go read this book! It is super fantastic. I have an extra copy that I will be giving away soon!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  16. I love it! Adding to me 'to read pile'

    Sounds fun! I don't remember dreams after waking up!

    Nas

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  17. It is a wonderful cover. I am a lucid dreamer, but I've never taken the time to investigate their meanings. It's possible there are stories inside of my head waiting to find a home on the blank page.

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  18. I control my dreams many times. They are fascinating.

    I love the cover and the sound of this book. Congrats to Heather.

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    1. I'm pretty good with controlling my dreams, too. I'm trying to teach my daughter to do it.

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  19. Very vivid cover, Heather, and I like the blurb!

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  20. I am a beginner in controlling my dreams, but have a good hope on this. It is challenging though... go for lucid dream!!

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