Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with Becky Black

Not quite a dream

It isn’t often I can pinpoint the exact date I had an idea for a story, but I can for Immutable, my novella that came out in the Bittersweet Dreams line at Dreamspinner Press earlier this year. It was late July in 2014, and I was snoozing in bed early on the morning of the last day before I went home from my holidays. The whole story played out in my mind while in that half asleep, half-awake state, which is such a great time to have ideas. Sometimes when you wake up properly the ideas fade, or you realise they are silly. But this one hung on. On the way home later that day on the train, I wrote up a long narrative summary of the story and knew I was going to go with it and write it.

It not only came to me in a semi-dream state, the narrator of the story is in that same state for a lot of the story. When the narrator Callum meets the mysterious Breen it’s literally a dream come true for him. In fact he’s convinced that the first time they have sex it must have been a dream, when he wakes up afterwards alone. Such things surely don’t happen, beautiful naked men washing up on the beach and making love to him in a cliff cave. That can’t be real.

Their time together is dreamlike. It’s too perfect. Too good to be true. There’s a reason for that… Later Callum thinks – hopes – that he dreamt something that shows Breen is not all he seems. But when the truth finally bursts his bubble he’s essentially woken up to reality. And it’s a reality he can’t deal with. Scared, and too inexperienced to know the right thing to do, he does exactly the wrong thing to try to recapture the dream.

Of course that never works. We all know it doesn’t. We know how to feels to wake up  from a good dream, and want to try to get back into it. But it doesn’t work. One false move and the dream pops like a soap bubble. Then before we know it, the alarm is going off and it’s back to everyday reality.

I guess my dream came true with this story. Every time I write a story, I dream of the day it will be published. But a lot of reality has to come before that. It’s almost like there’s a dream on either end of the process. The writer dreams up a story. Either literally or in a daydream. But then there’s the all too real work of writing the thing to make it read, of editing it and sending it out, hoping someone will buy it. Then at last it’s published and the dream has come true and is shared with everyone who reads it.

A fantasy/paranormal novella from Dreamspinner Press.

Every night, in the tiny cottage he shares with his dying mother, lonely young shepherd Callum dreams of having a lover by his side. A man to share his bed and his life. One day, as he gathers driftwood on the beach, he finds Breen, a beautiful, naked stranger. Breen makes love to him, leaving Callum certain he’s only a fantasy. But the stunning Breen is there again the next day—fulfilling Callum’s every wish. Then Callum’s hopes are shattered when he learns of Breen’s true nature. Panic and desperation drive Callum to commit a terrible betrayal to try to keep Breen from leaving him.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Cover art by Maria Fanning

Immutable is available from Dreamspinner Press


Becky lives in the UK and her writing is primarily fuelled by tea and rainy days. After spending far too many years only thinking about writing she finally started putting words down back in 2003 and hasd’t stopped since, still trying to make up for lost time.


1 comment:

  1. Dreams are temporary...but writing it down makes it permanent