Every writer has them–little fantasies that dance in our heads, mostly things we rarely talk about. Except to our besties and sometimes with other authors. For fun’s sake, I decided to write out some of mine.
1). Probably the most common dream for writers is to have one of their stories made into a movie. Some of us are lucky enough to have this dream turn into a reality, but that number is very few. Some of the best book-to-movie/TV adaptations I’ve seen recently are The Hunger Games, True Blood, Game of Thrones, all of the Lord of the Rings movies, and let’s not forget the slew of superhero movies (Comic books…they’re books, too).
If one of my books could make it to the big screen, I’d probably keel over from shock because the chances are that slim. However, if I could choose which one, I’d choose THE BONES OF WILLOW LAKE (to be released sometime this year). I have no idea who I’d really want to play Celia Burne and Paul Gray, but it would be awesome to have Cloris Leachman play Velma Beatty. Velma is the character who lives next door to Celia and knew Gray in the forties. She was one of the best characters I’ve ever written in my short twenty-nine years as a writer (I was born writing with my own umbilical cord. Just ask my mom.). Whoever played Paul Gray would need to carry certain characteristics through his expressions and, mostly, with his eyes. Paul Gray is described as having sleepy blue-gray eyes, regardless of the time of day. Mark Ryder (Canal +’s Borgia) would be a close choice, although his hair is too dark. The intensity in the eyes is there, though. Also, I just have a thing for Mark Ryder.
2). To be on the New York Times Bestsellers list. I may never see my name there, but it’s interesting enough to dream, right?
3.) To have my book in hardcover. Face facts, Jack. Most small publishers do not offer books in hardcover. Some do, but most do not, which leaves the majority of writers today pining away at their own thoughts, dreaming of the day when they can run their fingers across the spine of a hardcover copy of one of their own creations. I have no clue why this is so important to so many of us, but it apparently isn’t just me who has this dream. I consider myself in good company.
4). To see your books at Wal-Mart, the drug store, K-Mart, basically anything else that ends with “Mart”, Barnes & Nobles, and any other free shelf space in stores. Independent authors fight and scratch to get their books on shelves. It’s another thing many of us will never see. Some will, most will not. The digital age has everyone buying books online, which I have absolutely nothing against (Go now and buy THE DEMON KING from Amazon), but sometimes it’s nice to just shop in real stores and handle the books before you buy them. I, for one, love going into a store and picking the book up, feeling and smelling the pages, and checking out how it feels to hold it. Honestly, sometimes I’ll refuse to read a book because I don’t like the way it feels in my hand and I’ll choose another format instead (I prefer trade paperback unless it’s a book I wish to collect and then I buy hardback lol).
5). To reach Stephen King status. That man is awesome. He has over fifty books in print, several of his books have been made into films and television series, and I see more Stephen King quotes on Facebook than any other author, alive or dead. Why is he so important and special? Because he writes greatness. Some of his books I far prefer over others, but that man writes whatever he wants. He sticks it to the man. He wears tee shirts and jeans and he doesn’t care what anyone else things (at least for the most part). He scares the shit out of people, which is powerful stuff!
6). Whether or not I ever reach “Stephen King status” doesn’t matter nearly as much as this last thing on my list. I want people to read and enjoy my books. I want to hear from readers and for them to have positive experiences with my books. I want to hear people say that my book made them feel something. Anything. I want to pull reactions out of the readers and make them want more. I want to tell the stories in my head and leave them on this Earth long after I’ve gone. Decades from now, I want my grandchildren to be able to read my books and say, “Wow, my grandma was WEIRD! But, I kinda like her…”
Anything else to add? Feel free to add your own dreams in comments!
Also, go buy my book, THE DEMON KING. (LOL!)