I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled 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.
I had been told that we probably wouldn’t have any say on our cover design, but one of the first things the marketing team at Sourcebooks asked us was what we envisioned for the cover. Both Madelyn and I proposed some things and –amazingly!– Sourcebooks actually ran with one of our ideas. It turned out even more beautiful than I’d imagined it (thanks to photo-illustrator Shane Rebenschied, Art Director Adrienne Krogh, and designer Eileen Carey).
The cover shows a bottle tree, which is popular in southern folk-magic. People would outfit a tree with colored bottles as a way of warding off evil spirits. Suffice to say, the tree does indeed play a crucial role in the story. I don’t want to give away too much by telling you how.
The best part is definitely that you share the workload. Sometimes writing seems so lonely and so fruitless. It’s a great thing to know that the story can carrying on without you for a bit when you hit a road block. The worst part? Editing together is hard. Every change–no matter how minor–has to be agreed upon. That’s time consuming. Madelyn and I would have marathon telephone calls during that process–which was fun, but also exhausting. Here’s a video Madelyn put together about the process:
I’ve always been obsessed with dreams, but the idea for Dream Boy as a book was inspired in some ways by an old Ginger Rogers movie. It’s a sort of “runaway bride” story about a woman who can’t seem to find a guy who lives up to the man of her dreams–literally, the man of her dreams.