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Have you ever had the nightmare of being chased by a beast?
Then you’ve met Fang.
He’ll be the first to admit that he’s a very simple nightmare. All he knows is hunting your dreams and dragging them into the Dark.
He’s not ready for his life to get complicated. He’s not ready to be dragged into his best friend’s schemes to make dreams so terrifying they break people. He’s not ready to love, or to be loved, or to meet someone who makes him happy.
He’s definitely not ready for those to be three different girls.
He’s not ready to grow up.
When he does, one thing will stay the same. He’ll stay an artist, and he’ll paint your dreams with fear until they’re beautiful.
Targeted Age Group: any age
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is definitely a coming of age story, so Sweet Dreams is Young Adult. It tells the same story of finding your place – but Fang’s place is in the world of dreams you go to in your sleep. The rules are different there, the people are different there, and love… actually, love is pretty much the same. Even for a nightmare, love is a maze of pain and joy.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The most common tripping point for new writers is turning their idea into a story. Treat it as a puzzle, or a question on a school test. Figure out where you want to start and where you want to end, and draw the line of events that takes you there.
Richard Roberts has fit into only one category in his entire life, and that is ‘writer’, but as a writer he’d throw himself out of his own books for being a cliche.
He’s had the classic wandering employment history – degree in entomology, worked in health care, been an administrator and labored for years in the front lines of fast food. He’s had the appropriate really weird jobs, like breeding tarantulas and translating English to English for Japanese television. He wears all black, all the time, is manic-depressive, and has a creepy laugh.
He’s also followed the classic writer’s path, the pink slips, the anthology submissions, the desperate scrounging to learn how an ever-changing system works. He’s been writing from childhood, and had the appropriate horrible relationships that damaged his self-confidence for years. Then out of nowhere Curiosity Quills Press demanded he give them his books, and here he is.
As for what he writes, Richard loves children and the gothic aesthetic. Most everything he writes will involve one or the other, and occasionally both. His fantasy is heavily influenced by folk tales, fairy tales, and mythology, and he likes to make the old new again. In particular, he loves to pull his readers into strange characters with strange lives, and his heroes are rarely heroic.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had just finished my first book, and I wanted to find out if I could do it again. I packed all the crazy goth themes I love into one story, mixed until they blended into a single dreamworld, and poured into a coming of age story for a nightmare with self-esteem issues.