Friday, July 19, 2013

The Dream Killers by Lorie Langdon

Lorie Langdon has wanted to write her own novels since she was a wee girl reading every Judy Blume book she could get her hands on. So a few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.

Her debut novel, DOON, Brigadoon reimagined, is co-written w/Carey Corp. Book one will be released 8/20/13 from the new YA imprint BLINK (a division of Zondervan/HarperCollins)

The Dream Killers
We all know them, those people who think it’s their purpose on earth to direct the lives of others—to suck the life out of our “impractical” dreams with logic and statistics. They have the best intentions. But they can’t seem to stop themselves from painting the worst case scenario. And if we aren’t careful, their doomsday predictions will cause us to veer off the path we know in our hearts we are meant to take.  

To understand my Dream Killer experience, let’s take a quick peek into the past…

Story telling is in my blood. Even as a little girl, the dramas I created for Barbie, Skipper and Ken would take days to act out—and usually involve the evil Donny and Marie twins, a mischievous Holly Hobby and a gaggle of Smurf secondary characters.

But it wasn’t until I discovered reading fiction that my obsessive affair with words began. I would spend hours upon hours in my room with Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, L. Frank Baum, or Laura Ingalls Wilder. I still remember the intense excitement of discovering a new book at the local library and running all the way home so I could devour it like a pint of triple chocolate ice cream.

So it was no surprise to anyone that, like my hero Lois Lane, I chose journalism as my major in college. It wasn’t fiction, but at that time writing my own novels hadn’t even entered my mind. I imagined myself as an investigative reporter, chasing the facts that would make a good story, great!

At the beginning of my junior year, I was well on my way to my dream job, when a “well-intentioned” professor sat me down and gave me the talk. You know the one: “You’ll never make any money writing for a newspaper. It’s pure grunt work, writing stories about old women who take in stray cats. It’s a waste of your talent.” “The hours are horrible – don’t you want to have a family some day?” And then the clincher: “What you really need to do is broadcast journalism. With your looks, you could get a job at a big network!”

Ah hello, introvert here. Just reading aloud in front of the class made me hyperventilate. Sure, I wanted adventure, but behind the scenes. Not in front of a camera where hundreds of thousands of people could scrutinize my every move! But I also didn’t want to write uninteresting stories for no money and work crazy hours. So, I went to my guidance counselor and changed my major to the uber-practical Sociology with an emphasis in Human Resources.

Since I’ve been pursuing writing as a career, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “That’s nice that you write books, but the chances of anything you write being in a bookstore is astronomically low.” Or something similar.


Wrong, sir WRONG!
If you have a dream, no matter how impractical or unrealistic, you do everything within your power to pursue it. You work towards that goal every single day until you accomplish it. I’m not saying it will be easy or there won’t be times you want to give up, (or throw your computer through a window. Just sayin’) but don’t you dare listen to the Dream Killers out there who want you to fit their mold of success!
And yes, my debut novel, DOON, will be hitting *bookstore shelves everywhere* August 20th of this year. :-D

Take that, you Dream Killers!

Today we're giving away an advance reader copy of Doon! Enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt---and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for... or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

78 comments:

  1. I absolutely love reading encouraging things like this. I'm only at the beginning of my WIP (I've written some of it, and I'm planning the rest of it), but I've already had several moments where I've felt like throwing away my story. Posts like this make me feel like I *can* do it. :) Wonderful post, Lorie!

    -Abby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Abby! You are the reason I *love* what I do. If my story can encourage people to keep fighting for their dreams, then I've accomplished my goal. :D Keep working and believing and it can happen!

      Delete
  2. Thank you very much for this encouraging post. It's always day-brightening to be reminded that all the people out there who say you can't do it are wrong, wrong, wrong.

    This week, I've . . . I've been writing a lot. And taking a writing class. And seeing as I'm doing something with writing, and my dream is to be a professional author- preferably a full-time one, but I'll deal with part-time if I have to- I think that counts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true, Sarah. A huge part of being a professional author is discipline...doing something every day toward reaching your goal, even when you don't "feel like it". So, I'd say you're well on your way!

      Delete
  3. Your book looks amazing. Even if I don't win, I think I may purchase it when it comes out. And it is great that you reply to the comments. A lot of guest authors don't do that. : )

    -Shaneene

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Shaneene! I love interacting with readers and aspiring authors...it's like the caffeine in my coffee! ;D

      Delete
  4. Thanks for such an encouraging post! This week I've written a lot of my WIP and started planning another idea. My goal is to finish my WIP by the end of the summer, and it looks like I'm on the right track.

    Congrats on your book releasing! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jill! I'm impressed! Keep plugging away on that first WIP. It's great to know what you want to work on next, but don't let that new idea side track you from finishing your first story. Good Luck!

      Delete
  5. Actually taking a writing class right now and shared your debut info with the class, they are all excited for your book to come out :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing Doon with your class! We just released the book trailer yesterday, here's a link in case they'd like to see it: http://youtu.be/ALSvxUut_xM

      Delete
  6. I'm writing my WIP for Camp NaNo, and I've written around 5k in the last few days!

    ~Robyn Hoode

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Go Robyn!! That's awesome!! Keep that consistency going and you'll be finished before you know it.

      Delete
  7. When I was younger, I used to write stories all the time. Taking half of a sheet of construction paper, I would glue my stories in between, title my book, and sell them to neighbors and church members. My books were very affordable ranging from a nickel to a quarter. Somewhere during my junior high years, my writing voice became stifled. Now as a thirty-something adult, I'm in the process of rediscovering the eight-year old girl who almost caused her father to crash the car when she demanded he buy her the old Sears building to turn into a bookstore to sell her books. Thanks Lorie for the inspiring post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just reading this post, I'd say you've found your writing voice, my friend. :) What a beautiful story. I began writing my first novel in my thirties as well. Don't let that inspiration go...hold on tight and see where it takes you!

      Delete
  8. This week I started revising my novel's first draft and writing the second.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Whoohoo!! So happy for you! Thanks for sharing with us. :D

      Delete
  9. That post was just beautiful. Amen to everything you said. And Brigadoon reinvented?!?! EEEK! That. Sounds. Awesome. I adore that movie. Can't wait to read Doon!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Hannah!! I can't wait for you to read it. :-)

      Delete
  10. Been writing for Campnanowrimo to finally get a 1st draft done for my dream to write a book. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Excellent! That fist draft is the hardest...keep pushing. :-D

      Delete
  11. Doon sounds awesome!! I absolutely love Brigadoon so this will definitely be on my reading list for fall!!

    I have been trying to write some every day this week. I tend to write more sporadically then on a regular basis. So getting a writing routine is definitely something I need to hammer out. Trying to push through a first draft!!

    And thanks so much for this post Lorie!! It was really encouraging and exactly what I needed to hear.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Olivia! I love to hear from fellow Brigadoon fans. :) I'm so glad this was helpful for you. Sounds like you're on the right track...consistency is key...writing every day even if some days it's only one paragraph. :D

      Delete
  12. I've been writing for almost two years now. I write odd books. Adventure and politics and ticking clocks and consequences and made up lands. The different part is that they have absolutely no magic. They're like fantasy but with no magic. I've always dreamed of being traditionally published but I feel afraid that the way my books are will make them "unmarketable".

    I'm pushing on anyway. I've written four novels now and I'm not planning on stopping. Ink is addicting after all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, writing IS addictive! Keep looking for the right fit for your books, publishing changes all the time...but if you decide to self-pub that's a totally legitimate route too. :-D It's an exciting time to be a writer!

      Delete
  13. What a great interview--and timely as I've got a Dream Killer in my own life! I'm currently reading everything I can get my hands on about the process of writing, so that's been the bulk of progress I'm making on my dream. It's slow going right now, but I think the effort now will help the end result to be better later. I'm still writing scenes to practice, but no real novel has formed yet from the multiple scenes that have popped into my head.

    Thanks for the giveaway, too! I'm really looking forward to reading Doon.
    Lynda
    danandlyndaedwards(at)msn(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lynda - there's always something to learn, but don't be afraid to take the plunge into writing your own novel if that's what you really want to do. Just take it one word, one sentence, one paragraph, one scene...at a time. ;D

      Delete
  14. That cover looks amazing!! I liked that this post totally tied to your book, it was pretty cool that you turned it into something inspirational. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alyson! Our publisher did a fabulous job with the cover. I'm really in love with it! :o)

      Delete
  15. Always a good reminder :) I just sent some letters to different agents and am waiting to hear back from them, so hopefully it goes well! But it is always good to remember that a dream is worth pursuing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ellery,
      I don't envy you the agent hunt! Doon was rejected more times than I'd like to count. But I think it's important to remember that it's all subjective, so if an agent rejects, don't take it personally, just query another one! You never know when you're going to find the one who falls in love with your work. : )

      Delete
  16. What some "Dream-killers" don't seem to get is that publishing a book isn't random chance. You can throw out whatever grim statistic about how most wannabe-novelists don't get published, but it's not like you take "only .8 percent of manuscripts ever go anywhere" (not a real figure) and roll a dice to see if you're one of the .8 percent. Sure, there's a LOT of luck in the publishing industry, but it's not random. If you try and refuse to give up, you can reach your goal.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lydia, I totally agree that it's not random. :-) I think some dream killers are afraid to pursue their own dreams so they foo-foo other people's. I kinda feel sorry for them, when I think about it. ;)

      Delete
  17. This is a great post Mrs. Langdon. I'm pretty sure I've probably brushed shoulders with dream killers, but never had really bad contact with them as far as writing goes. Thank goodness. Though I'm sure the time may come.

    Hm. I've worked toward my dream by writing of course! I also have some editing that needs to be done.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bethany,
      You touch on an important point - editing can be just as important as writing the original draft. I don't know where I would be without my wonderful critique partners and their editing suggestions. ;D

      Delete
  18. Is this competition allowed for people out of the US?
    Or is it only allowed for US residents?

    Thanks,
    ~Ella

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ella,
      The giveaway is for U.S. residents. If you're outside the U.S., Doon is available for pre-order in most of Europe.

      Delete
  19. OH MY WORD I WANT TO READ DOON SOOOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!
    I am a huge Brigadoon fan. This excites me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay! You don't have to know anything about Brigadoon to enjoy Doon, but I think fans of the musical will have a special appreciation for certain parts. ;D

      Delete
  20. ... And one thing I did this week to work toward my dream was start reading "Costuming 101" in order to increase my knowledge of the world of film costuming.

    ReplyDelete
  21. It's funny reading about how you would make three day long stories with your barbie dolls. I used to do the exact same thing, I even skipped meals if my adventure was good enough, haha. Yeah that went on until I was about thirteen(i'm sixteen now) which is kind of embarrassing but I find it funny :P. I also used to tell my little sister and brother stories from the top of my mind that were funny twists to classic Disney stories. It's weird because then, i never even considered that I would love writing which is something I really got into just two years ago. More to the point, thanks for this post! there are so many people who mean well but do nothing but crush people's dreams. Seeing that you've gotten to a point where you're able to do what you love for a living is so inspiring :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Leah! Storytelling is a gift, either you have it or you study and learn it, but being born with it gives you a huge head start as a novelist. Someday when you're a best selling author your parents will be happy they invested in all those Barbie dolls! ;D

      Delete
  22. I have several dreams. I have actually thought about (for my writing dream) the story plot I guess and my characters and what they will tell me.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Something that I've done to work on my dream in the past week was just to continue working on my WIP. I lost 30,000 words of it back in May when I ddn't back it up, and so now I'm rewriting the sections that I lost. I should be done with the first draft by the end of July.

    Thanks for the post! Encouragement is always welcome, and often necessary. Writing isn't always easy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no!!!! That must have been awful! Great job contunuining anyway, though. "Writing isn't always easy" -- so true.

      Delete
  24. Thank-you for this lovely and encouraging guest post! This week I silenced my own inner Dream Killers and caught up on my word goal for Camp NaNoWriMo. Every day's a little closer to my goal: a finished first draft by the end of the year.
    Thanks for taking the time to remind us to ignore those voices, and congratulations on your first published novel!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thank you for the post, Ms. Langdon! I've never actually ever heard of Brigadoon before now, but Doon sounds really interesting... I'm a big fantasy fan (and writer), especially fantasy that combines both the real world and an imaginary one. Can't wait to read your book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, Catsi, I did answer you on the storyworld post, but I wanted to make sure you saw. It would be awesome if we could be friends! Do you want to exchange e-mails?

      Delete
    2. YES!!! That would be great! Er, how would we do that exactly?

      Delete
    3. my e-mail address is kittlyn10@yahoo.com. You can e-mail me with your address. Could you put your name in the subject line so I know it's you?

      And please, could no one else e-mail me? Otherwise I'll have to delete my account. :(

      Delete
    4. Sent you an email! Yay!

      Delete
  26. That was quite an encouraging post, Ms. Langdon! Your book sounds engaging and exciting. If I don't win this giveaway, which I assume is what with happen, I will probably end up buying your book. Thanks for the great blog post! This very much encouraged me to write in my story. Do not doubt that when I am given a computer to write on, my hands shall fly across the keyboard!

    -Ryebrynn Lyla Shveer Crossblade

    ReplyDelete
  27. I really appreciated this post. It was very inspirational, and made me feel hopeful and confident. Thank you so much for the encouraging message. :) Doon sounds so intriguing!

    ReplyDelete
  28. As boring as it is... this week I've studied for graduate school entrance tests and applied for entry level jobs in the field I'm interested in (hey! experience and hopefully grad school recommendations!). Also, I've done a little bit of writing this past week for a side-goal (writing/publishing a book) not a lot, probably only 3,000 words, but 3,000 is way more than 0!

    Brynna

    ReplyDelete
  29. Goodness me. I'm more of a hobbie writer, but this truly was inspiring. Your book sounds amazing, Lorie. Really. I just sat here the whole time going, "I like this chick. This post is fantabulous. That is the most beautiful cover I've ever seen. I want this book. Can I be her friend?" Lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oops! And, working towards my dream? I'm home schooled, so we start early... I've been studying British Lit and Poetry, and there's a lot of creative writing involved. =)

      Delete
  30. You have a neat and inspiring writing story! Thanks for sharing!

    Your book sounds intriguing. The title is especially interesting. It definitely catches my interest!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thank you for the encouragement! Your book sounds awesome. And I love the cover! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks so much everyone for your kind words! I'M inspired by your perseverance as you all continue to grow as writers!!
    And thanks for the DOON love!! This book truly comes from the heart and I hope you all enjoy it. :D Hugs!!
    Lorie

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thank you for this! It is definitely something I needed to hear.

    I try to write at least 500 words every day (usually turns into more, especially with this month being Camp NANOWRIMO). I just hope by writing every day it can help be explore new things and become better at writing.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Thank you for the encouraging post! :) I hope that your book Doon does really well. Was it hard co-authoring or have you worked with Carey Corp before?

    One thing I have done to further my dream this week, was to edit a tricky opening for a chapter I have been working on. Figuring out how to introduce/begin things is always the hardest part of writing for me.

    ReplyDelete
  35. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in about a week, which is quite a feat seeing as how long those things are! Only 1000 pages altogether. :p I've just started writing notes on my characters and working on the synopsis for my book. :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. What a beautiful-looking book! Thank you for the encouraging post. I recently took a couple of weeks away from my heart-child, and today I'm coming back with fresh love and enthusiasm for it. Someday I'll get there! :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Your book looks so amazing!!!! I adore the front cover!!!
    My dream is to someday publish my book and I think the best thing I can do to work towards that is just to continue writing and improving. I can do the best that I can and work through the hard times, doing everything I can to learn from those situations.
    Thanks for the post!!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Wow. You know I think I really needed this post. I work everyday on my novels hoping that one day they will be shared with thousands of other teens like me out there. I write for them, because I know how difficult it can be going through the teen years. I write so they can escape their life for awhile and enter one not previously known before, where anything can happen. Thank you for helping me remember that. :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. Doon sounds wizard! I definitely want to read it now--I'll have to hunt it down somewhere else if the giveaway doesn't pan out for me. And it's awesome that Lois Lane was your hero.

    This past week, I actually broke through to the end of my latest rewrite. Now I just have to write a bridge to fit the beginning of my existing chapter one, pass through one last time for edits, and then I should be ready to start submitting to agents again. It's exciting and nervous-making at the same time.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I'm working towards my dream by writing a novel for my senior project, it has been difficult but worth it. I want to be a published author and I thought that by writing a novel for my senior year of high school would be a really good start.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Awesome post! I haven't really done too much to work towards my dream this week :(

    ReplyDelete
  43. Thanks for the great post! As I read this, I realized even more how blessed I am that my parents support me in my writing 100%. :D

    For those of you on G+, we have a GTW community.

    ReplyDelete
  44. This book sounds really interesting! My dream is to someday be a published author, and this week I started a book blog, just as another way of working on my writing (and because I have lots of thoughts about the books I read). :)

    ReplyDelete
  45. This was a really good post! I'm really blessed to have a mother that supports me and encourages me about my writing! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Working towards my dream of being a published writer... I've written. :) That's about it

      Delete
  46. Thanks. ^ ^ This was a really encouraging post. I have a lot of Dreamkillers in my life and it sometimes gets me low, but this helped keep my spirits up for today. :)

    ReplyDelete
  47. Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! This book looks so good! :D

    ReplyDelete
  48. Picked up my good ol' half done story. Wonder if I'll finish it? =)

    ReplyDelete

Home