My newest book is called The Incorrigible Dreamers. It’s about a successful young woman named Meredith but she’s on the verge of losing her business and everything she has ever worked for. One night she becomes so overwhelmed by stress that she bolts out of apartment in the middle of the night and goes for a walk. She ends up in a mysterious alley that is only ever found by Incorrigible Dreamers, so she learns what Incorrigible Dreamers are, and she too, is one of them. Meredith is met by three other Incorrigible Dreamers, Simon, Elise, and George, who share their stories and help her realize some important truths about herself and her life.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and I love living in a small town. I graduated from Valley Forge Christian College and Lock Haven University. I’ve always wanted to be a writer but I never thought it would be a realistic possibility. Nonetheless, I decided at the age of twenty-two to being writing with the intention of being published. I wrote and published my first book, “1980s Kid” when I was twenty-seven.
What inspired you to write this book?
“The Incorrigible Dreamers” was the combination of a lot things. The root core of the book came to me when I was about four-years-old and I wondered what happened to imaginary friends when people no longer played with them. The idea that fictional manifestations somehow took on lives of their own and went somewhere was something that intrigued me.
As I got older and became more interested in history I began to read about the jazz age and how it ended almost overnight when the stock market crashed. One day I saw a picture of a somber-faced flapper and got the idea about a wildly popular flapper actress whose career ended abruptly. I got an idea about a flapper clearing out her studio bungalow and knowing that everything she worked for was gone in a second. After some thought I came up with the character Elise Bayonne and wondered what it would be like if people’s dreams took on lives of their own and interacted with other dreams as well.
How did you choose the title?
The title comes from the characters who are known as Incorrigible Dreamers.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
There were no obstacles since this was my third book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I got started with a legal pad, a pen, and determination. I worked on various projects for five years and got the idea for “1980s Kid” and wrote the draft in about three weeks.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not specifically. I just get an idea and write.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
They are symbolic to each character’s individual traits. I often look up the meanings of names when creating characters and choose the names according to the characters personalities.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like 19th and 20th century American and English fiction. Some of my favorites are “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, and “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. I’m also a fan of George Orwell and Robert Frost. I like reading books that transport the reader to places that they would never be able to go on their own.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes, it’s a fictional, humorous novel that I expect to be released sometime in 2011. I’ve not entirely decided on the title.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Own your work. Make sure you secure the copyright and retain the rights to your work.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
This book would be good for anyone who has a dream or who has given up on their dreams. It’s also a great read for anyone who needs a reminder that life is good and that things really do work out.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
At my website: www.jadeheasley.com