I sat down with Rosemary Hines to discuss Out of a Dream, her first book in the Sandy Cove series. Let’s see what she had to say.
A young woman’s desperate attempts to find answers to a series of disturbing nightmares leads her on a spiritual journey that will change her life.
How long have you been writing? How long did it take to write your book? And what motivated you to write it?
I began writing Out of a Dream about twenty years ago. It was published in 2011. My own spiritual journey was the most significant motivating factor for writing it.
Is it a stand-alone novel or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, how did you decide to make it a series? How long will the series run?
Out of a Dream is the first book in my Sandy Cove Series. When my son first heard about the story idea, he suggested a series, and I agreed. I thought the series would be a trilogy. But readers have become so attached to the characters that they email me asking how things are going with them. That sparked a fourth book, which is just about to be released. It will be followed by a Christmas novella. After that, I’m not certain whether there will be more Sandy Cove books or not.
What has been the most difficult part of your writing experience? Dealing with publishers, agents, editors getting reviews, query letters, what?
Initially, it was the whole chase-a-publisher routine. But now I’ve taken a different route and am so much happier with the complete control and substantially higher royalties I make as an indie author.
Describe your writing process. Do you outline, create rough synopses, do you do detailed biographies of the characters before starting to write?
Although I do some outlining before I begin a novel, most of it is written from a flow of consciousness as I enter into their world.
Describe where you do your writing.
Most of my writing is done at my kitchen table, which looks out over open space and mountains.
If you had to do the experience of writing your work over, would you still write it? Would you change it? How?
I would definitely do this again, as is evidenced by my continually growing series. The only change I would make would be to go indie sooner. I really believe this is the future of publishing, especially since traditional houses now require their authors to promote the books and maintain sales levels, while they happily take a percentage of their earnings.
How did you choose the title?
A friend in a writer’s group recommended the title to me. It stuck and every title in the series is now a prepositional phrase ~ Out of a Dream, Through the Tears, Into Magnolia, and Around the Bend. The title of the Christmas novella will follow suit with From the Heart.
Can you summarize your book in 140 characters or less (Tweet size)?
Out of a Dream ~ Bestselling inspirational fiction. Captivating characters, suspenseful storyline, and thought-provoking themes.
Who were the authors that influenced you? What about them and their style appeals to you?
My favorite authors in my particular genre of Contemporary Christian Fiction are Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury. They have probably influenced me the most.
What did you learn that surprised you while writing your book? What was the most difficult part?
In the early stages of writing Out of a Dream, I thought that I, the author, would determine all the characters actions and reactions. It really surprised me when they began taking on a life of their own, and I found them telling me their story rather than the other way around.
The most difficult part is when I hit a writer’s block and have to walk away for a few days or even weeks.
How much literary license do you take with your stories? Do you create fictional locations? Do you use real locations, with some fictionalizing or do you stick very close to the actual setting? Why?
I use some real and some fictional settings, but I heavily research all medical scenes and even the weather and atmosphere of the broader locations of my settings. My stories are all very realistic, and I think that’s why my readers get so attached to the characters.
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