When I started to write Fright Flight, the first book in the Dream Seeker series, I knew I wanted a strong preteen boy as the main character. Patrick is twelve years old and at the age when he’s experiencing a lot of change, both physically and emotionally. Most of that change is out of his control, but how he reacts to that change is important.
Patrick’s family and best friends are important to his adventures too. When life and dreams seem out of control, Patrick knows he is not alone.Perhaps that’s my dream for my own kids, showing up in my writing. My hope is, that whatever challenges my two children face in life, they’ll know they can count on me and their dad and those that love them.
Writing is an adventure for me. It’s been a long and winding journey to authoring a book. Here’s some of that journey’s highlights:
- I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Better look it up on the map, because it’s the Apple Capital of the World!
- As a kid I played lots of sports, enjoyed art and photography, read lots of books (still do) and dreamed of traveling the world.
- I left home to study at the University of Washington where I earned my B.A. in German. (And yes, my dad asked me “what are you going to do with a degree in German?”)
- After a couple years living and working in Seattle, I went back to school. Now, you may be asking why I signed up for MORE school. Actually I’ve always thought school was pretty fun. I found a really cool school that let me work overseas. I got my Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina and worked in Germany.
- For the next 15 years, I worked in Finance and Quality departments for some really big companies. In other words, I went to lots of meetings, talked on the phone, traveled all over the country and sat in a cubicle for a lot of that time.
- Then I fell in love, got married and had two wonderful kids. We now live happily ever after in Portland, Oregon.
That’s the story so far. I’m now starting the journey of author. How long that will last, I don’t know. However, I’m ready to enjoy the adventure
For Patrick, being twelve years old can be challenging. Add to that the unusual ability to experience dreams as reality and you begin to understand Patrick’s need for a little self-control. A “sweet” dream devouring the world’s largest ice cream sundae can end with an enormous stomachache. A fall from a bike means Patrick wakes with a broken arm. Try explaining that to the emergency room doctor. Oh wait — that would be Patrick’s mom. She’s a dream seeker too, as are Patrick’s sister and brother. If Patrick follows the family’s dream-seeking rules he can have cool nighttime adventures. But if he forgets….
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