Friday, May 17, 2013

Lucid Author Shares her own Lucid Dreaming Experiences

Lucid Author Shares her own Lucid Dreaming Experiences

According to Doctor Stephen Laberge at the Lucidity Institute, as many as thirty five out of every one hundred people have experienced lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is defined as any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. Since my book, Lucid, is built around this highly intriguing and relatable phenomenon, many people have asked if I have ever experienced these dreams myself. The answer is yes, but nowhere near to the extent that is described in my story.

My first lucid dream, which was also the longest and most memorable, happened when I was a child. I clearly remember dreaming that I was on a pirate ship in rocky waters, unrecognizable people bustling all around me tending to their seafaring duties. Leaning over the edge of the boat, I was suddenly struck by the color of the water. It was black and white! I then looked up at the sky, the boat, and the people working around me and realized that they were all black and white as well! This isn't real, I thought to myself. This is a dream!

The moment I made that connection-in an instant- the entire spell of the dream world was broken. I tried to tell the people around me that everything was a dream, but they wouldn't listen. I moved about the ship, but had nothing to do. I wasn't afraid and oddly enough, I wasn't too terribly interested either. I spent the rest of that dream sitting on the edge of the boat, completely bored out of my skull, just waiting to wake up. Pretty anti-climactic, huh? I know! I wish I could go back! I wish I would have played around with the dream and discovered what all I could have done.

Since then, I've only had a few fleeting lucid moments in dreams. That experience as a child always stuck with me though. We dream such outlandish things, don't we? I find it fascinating that in the dream state we can be in different countries, not remember who our children or our spouses are, even become different people entirely, and not realize that what we're experiencing isn't real!

The nature of dreams is so out there! But then again, dreams are all completely part of who we are at the same time. They say incredibly intimate things about our hopes, dreams, and desires. What a FUN thing to write a book about! It was a pleasure exploring my characters’ personalities through lucid dreams and it was also an ideal setting for me to get across certain messages that I really wanted to get across to my readers.

Thanks so much for hosting me! I hope that you enjoy reading Lucid as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Keep dreaming!
Natalie Roers

Natalie Roers 

Genre: paranormal fantasy
Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-027-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-026-5
May 15, 2013 ebook
July 15, 2013 print
Pages: 168


Book Description:
 Disfigured at birth and ostracized at school, Travis Hunter dreams of acceptance and secretly yearns for the affection of a beautiful young woman named Corrine. When a mysterious doctor promises to help Travis through something called lucid dreaming, Travis gets more than he ever bargained for and soon finds himself learning the secrets of love and life in a fantastic unconscious world.

 Chapter excerpt:


"Roers' debut novel heralds the arrival of an intelligent, heartfelt voice in the world of young adult fiction. The rich characters, emotional complexity, and confident prose are matched only by the landscape of dreams that Roers sets them against... a landscape brought vividly to life by the author's seemingly boundless imagination. This is a novel that respects its readers as much as its characters, and that's a beautiful rarity." ~ Mike Flanagan, Filmmaker, Absentia and Oculus

 "Natalie Roers' debut novel is both riveting and relevant. More than a paranormal/fantasy/thriller, this is a complex tale that cuts to the very of heart of issues facing young adults today. Well sculptured characters and powerful imagery propel Roers' fascinating narrative." ~ Jason Tinney  Award-winning freelance journalist, musician, actor and the author of the story collection Bluebird.
 "Lucid is an interesting story and a fun read." ~ Amy Carol Reeves, author of Ripper and Renegade

"Natalie Roers' voice is amazingly confident for a first novelist. Her journalist's eye for human detail draws you in, and makes you care about the people who populate the LUCID world. The more I got to know them, both awake and asleep in the world of lucid dreaming, the more time I wanted to spend in their world." ~ Jeff Howard, writer for Film District and Focus Features.

About the Author
A veteran writer, voice artist, and on-air personality, Natalie Roers has been the host of hit radio and television shows in just about every region of the United States.

She also owns her own voice-over business where she creates everything from songs and ringtones to commercials and sound effects for clients around the globe.

A journalist by trade, Natalie is excited to venture into the world of fiction and hopes to raise money and social awareness for worthy causes with each book she writes. She lives with her husband Cory, and son Austin, in Columbia, South Carolina.


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