Planning Your Dreams
Hello Contemporary Romance Readers!
Today we have the brilliant Sharon Sala over to visit y'all. She has an interesting experience that I think you will enjoy reading about. Sharon has the ability to plan her dreams. I sure wish I had that superpower. My head pretty much hits the pillow and I'm out. The next morning I awake... and rarely have dreams. So what Sharon describes below is super cool. I hope you enjoy your visit with Sharon Sala and find a few new books to add to your to be read pile.
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Happy Reading! Tammie King
Sharon Sala here...
All my life, I’ve been able to plan what I wanted to dream at night, then go to sleep and dream it. I thought that was what everyone did. I didn’t realize until I was in my teens that wasn’t necessarily the case. So I kept that little piece of my mostly private from discussion, never dreaming it would, one day, be the gift that led me to a world of storytelling, and a twenty-seven year writing career, with over 115 published novels.
I dream in color, and dialogue, like you would go to the movies, then come out talking about what you’d seen, and trying to describe it to friends and family so that they saw the movie, as you had experienced it.
This is how I experience the books I write. So what I had to learn, was how to show a reader what I’d seen in my dreams, using pacing and imagery, along with a keen sense of knowing that emotion is the first connection a reader will have with any story, and how to make the people I saw in my dreams, as real to the readers as they are to me.
I always need the title first, or nothing is written. I also need the names and physical characteristics of the hero and heroine. Then I sit with my laptop in my lap, put my fingers on the keyboard, and wait.
The characters always tell the story to me. I’m just taking dictation, in a way, listening to them move through the world that is their story, and giving life to the people I see in my head.
It’s not the least bit unusual for me to have been writing without consciously being aware of everything I wrote. Some people call this channeling. But it’s just me, doing what I know how to do, telling the stories from both daydreams and night dreams, and always, always, seeing them as real.
When a story is finally finished and sent to the publisher, I always have these few days of missing them, as if people I knew and loved had moved away. Sometimes I go back and read certain portions of the books, just to visit the people in their world – the world I created from the dream-world in my sleep.
Sharon Sala, Romance Book Author
Come Back to Me - Blessings, Georgia, #6
Love always endures the test of time
After a devastating fire pitted their families against each other, high school sweethearts Phoebe Ritter and Aidan Payne were torn apart. Twenty years later, Aidan is called back to Blessings, nervous about confronting his painful past. And that's BEFORE he knows about the nineteen-year-old secret Phoebe has been harboring all this time.
As Aidan tries to make up for lost time with the family he didn't know he had, Phoebe and Aidan rediscover long-suppressed feelings. But the past won't lie buried, and old enemies threaten to destroy the peace they've fought so hard to find.
MORE IN THE SERIES
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Sharon Sala is a long time member of Romance Writers of America writing as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall. She writes romantic suspense, Young Adult, and Women's Fiction. First published in 1991, she's a seven-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, four-time winner of the Career Achievement award from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence as well as the Bookseller Best Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly mass market best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.