Today we have a guest post by Schasm author, Shari J. Ryan, who's talking about how she first began writing Schasm, what it was like and how she got the courage to share it with the world! Schasm is about a girl caught between the reality of her life and the extraordinary dreams that are becoming more and more enticing. Check out the synopsis:
“Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her domineering mother and feeble father and the vivid fantasy of her imagination. With her condition comes the harsh observation of doctors who intend to cure her of it. But a chance encounter with a handsome and vaguely familiar young man in her dream world hints at the possibility of hidden truths—and a life she can’t remember. As her drifts become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence. Can she remain in the lush new imagined landscape to find happiness in a realm of her own invention? Is she doomed to return to the harsh reality of the outside world forever? Or will she become trapped somewhere between the two…unable to return to either?”
Guest Post by Shari J. Ryan:
It was the middle of winter—fifteen degrees, snowing, and miserable. My New England born self stared out the window, wondering why I hadn’t taken off for a warmer climate yet. I don’t think I was meant to live in the cold; I’d be a beach bum if I could. But family comes first, and I couldn’t rip my kids away from their grandparents.
As my eyes melted into the accumulating snow, my mind began to drift to the beach. I imagined the snow turning into sand and the pine trees morphing into palm trees. When I snapped out of my daydream, I wondered if some people could control their dreams, and live their life in an alternate state? Would that make them happier, even if it were just in their dream? I did some research on it, clearly getting carried away with my crazy thought. I came across a definition of lucid dreaming. It’s when a person has control within their dream. How cool is that?
I had written short stories when I was a child, and continued writing in journals, blogs, and then for various articles after college. I always promised myself that some day I would write a book. With that thought and promise to myself, along with the idea of lucid dreaming, I considered turning my random thoughts into a fun and interesting story. Maybe it would only be twenty pages or so, but it could be fun to post a short story on my blog.
I began to write. Ideas came pouring out of me. I wrote way more than twenty pages on the first day.
It became an addiction.
I found myself eager for my rendezvous with my laptop every night. I was getting dragged into my own story. I kept writing, night after night for months. My husband began to worry about me. I’ve never invested so much time into something that I wasn’t planning to do much with when it was done. But I was fine. I was more than fine. I was onto something. I named the book Schasm, and it became a part of my life.
After six months of spending every free moment I had writing, I said, “Oh wow. Four-hundred pages. That’s nuts! How did this even happen?” It was kind of nuts. I never thought I had it in me. I sent the file over to my husband and said, “Here, read it.” I figured he’d get bored after the first chapter and find something better to do. Instead, he didn’t come to bed that night. He stayed up reading all night. He came in and woke me up around 4:00 a.m. and said, “Seriously? Who are you? That’s the best thing I’ve ever read.” I thought he was kidding at first. But the jokes never came.
I considered the fact that maybe it was good.
I sent it to a few friends, waiting to see what their reaction would be. It was similar to my husband’s. That’s when I decided to share my story with the world.
I promised myself something when I was a child, and I fulfilled that promise. I didn’t write to be seen, or heard. I wrote because it’s my passion. Now that I know I’m capable of writing four-hundred pages, I don’t want to ever stop writing books.
I lost myself within a story that developed in my own mind, and it’s still unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. It’s simply amazing.
Shari J. Ryan hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Writing has become Shari’s great escape from the real world over the past few years. After a bout of postpartum depression with her first child, Shari was determined to occupy her brain enough to eliminate some of the blue moments in life. When she found writing to help as a newfound therapy, she started her first book. Her books brought her out of postpartum depression and helped her overcome it when her second son was born. Shari likes to think writing saves her mind. She even used one of the characters in the book (the main character’s protagonist mother), to veer away from the type of person she refuses to become. Shari has two happy little boys and the Schasm series to show for her unorthodox therapeutic method. Visit Shari at:
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