I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you pulled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of déjà vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
“Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams–and your nightmares. An exciting, imaginative look at what might happen when people from the corners of your mind suddenly show up in your real life.”– Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light
What’s your debut book about? Can you share any details with us?
DREAM BOY is about a girl whose dreams are so powerful that she literally brings her dream boy to life.
In short hand: Girl dreams boy. Girl meets boy. Girl, boy, and friends save universe.
It’s kind of like the movie Inception, but in reverse… and in high school.
Probably what I loved most about writing this book, though, is how it plays with different genres. The book is contemporary, but a fantasy. There’s romance, but there’s some scary stuff, too. There are seriously comic moments… and some seriously serious ones.
All in all, I got to express a lot of different parts of myself while writing DREAM BOY with Madelyn—and that was so much fun for me as a writer.
What was it like writing a book with a coauthor?
The best! I love Madelyn. She’s both astoundingly creative and exceedingly patient—which is a wonderful combination in a coauthor.
We’d pass the book back and forth by email—each combing through whatever came before and then writing the next chunk. We both felt empowered to change whatever we thought needed changing, and for the most part, we agreed.
There were, of course, some points of difference—as you can see in this video Madelyn made about us working toward a compromise:
You can find out more about our coauthoring process here.
What are you most excited about for your DREAM BOY debut?
I’ve found the YA community so inspiring. Other authors, readers, bloggers, reviewers—they’ve all been incredibly welcoming. I’m just really excited to be able to share DREAM BOY with them!
Madelyn and I had soooo much fun writing this book; I can only hope someone might have as much fun reading it.
That said, it was also pretty cool to hold the Advanced Reader Copies of DREAM BOY in my hands for the first time.
What might people who read DREAM BOY be surprised to find out about you?
1. I’m a not-so-closet poet.
2. I’ve always harbored a secret desire to be the fortune teller for a traveling carnival.
3. I’m a big believer in keeping dream journals, but I stopped dreaming for about a year after I had my first baby. This may be because I also stopped sleeping for about a year.
Mary Crockett‘s debut novel DREAM BOY is about the aftermath of dreams, the nightmare of high school, and the mystical power of an awesome pair of shoes. Mary has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she’s an award-winning poet/professional eavesdropper. You can find her yakking it up at Twitter, Facebook, or pretty much any coffee shop in southwestern Virginia.
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