Featured Author: Katherine Angela Yeboah
What is your writing method? Do you wake up super early in the morning? Do you burn the midnight oil drinking coffee to stay awake while penning your passion?:
For me, the biggest challenge of being a writer is trying to find the time to put pen to paper! It took many late nights for me to complete my novel, Lucid. I would work on my manuscript any time, any place…any spare minute I got. The first draft of the final chapter was written on a wad of napkins at a bowling alley!
How long have you been writing?:
Believe it or not, I wrote my first novel when I was only 12 years old! Another novel followed at the age of 16, but I did not finally realize my dream of becoming a published author until earlier this year.
Do you have special places where you go to write?:
In an ideal world, I’d be laying in a hammock outside somewhere, with my dogs at my side. A peaceful beach or tree-lined meadow would suit me just fine! Sadly, in the real world, it’s usually my living room sofa.
What inspires you?:
My novel, Lucid, is a mystery which explores the strange and sometimes frightening world of dreams, and raises the question of whether dreams can actually offer insight into real life events. It was the unusual and vivid dreams that I’ve been having all my life that inspired me to write Lucid. More than half of the dreams described in the story are based on dreams that I actually experienced.
Do you want to make a living from your wordsmith skills or are you doing this for fun?
Making a living as a successful author would be my dream job, because I think writing is one of the most interesting and challenging careers imaginable!
What are your stories about? Are they fiction or non-fiction?
Lucid tells the fictional story of Sloane Solomon, a beautiful young college student who begins experimenting with a very intense type of dreaming known as ‘lucid dreaming’. At first, she really enjoys these dreams because they are much more vivid and memorable than any she has experienced before. But her dreams quickly turn into disturbing nightmares, when she finds herself gazing into her neighbor’s apartment. There, she is confronted by horrific visions of a battered teenager who is being held captive in a tiny, hidden room. Sloane tries to forget the nightmares and chalk them up to an overactive imagination. But the frightening dreams will not stop, and she can’t help wondering if there might be some element of truth behind them. To make matters worse, her neighbor has begun to act very strangely, fueling her fears that maybe he isn’t as innocent as he once seemed. Is it all in her head, or is this mysterious man really hiding a hideous secret in the darkest corner of his home? Sloane is so determined to expose her neighbor and rescue the tortured victim who haunts her dreams, that she hatches an extremely risky plot to uncover the truth. But the answers that await her could turn out to be the most frightening nightmare of all.
What advice do you have for other authors?:
Choose a topic that is extremely meaningful to you. Your readers will sense the passion in your writing and want to turn page after page.
My own question for the Bookrix Blog – What is ‘Lucid Dreaming’?:
A lucid dream occurs when the sleeper becomes aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is still taking place. The lucid state is often triggered by a strange or unlikely event which suggests to the dreamer that the situation cannot possibly be real. Once the question is raised, a dreamer can try to confirm that they are dreaming by performing some sort of ‘reality check’, such as focusing on their hands. Often, a hand may have an odd appearance in a dream, or have more or less fingers than it should. Other times, the hand may appear normal, but the act of focusing and honing the concentration helps the dreamer to become aware of their situation. Once the dreamer has established that they are definitely in dreamland, the lucid dream can begin. Many people have described these dreams as being far more vivid than regular dreams. Some even relate lucid dreaming to out of body experiences or astral traveling. The mysterious feat of lucid dreaming has been researched by many and coveted by those who want more control over their dreams.
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