Dreamrunner out next week!

The days are whizzing by and I can’t believe Dreamrunner will be published next week! I haven’t reread it since I finished it as I’m looking forward to reading it once it looks all beautiful, plus the months-long gap will hopefully allow me to read it with some perspective and a degree of relaxation and enjoyment – at the end of the writing process it was all a bit hectic and by the time we’d done the copy-editing stage I think I knew every line by heart, but in the worst way: meaning I was kind of sick of it! Poor Dreamrunner, although I’m pretty sure it was the same with Breathing in Colour. Some writers do say that feeling sick at the sight of your book is a sure sign you’ve finished it… I just hope readers get something good out of it, it’s always so lovely to hear (or read) about someone enjoying the results of your hard slog.

People keep telling me to see Inception, which is about people sneaking into other people’s dreams, and, like Dreamrunner, it apparently focuses on the uncomfortable edges of the unconscious, with nightmarish scenarios. It looks a bit flashy-action-movie-ish to me but the premise sounds interesting and I will make a point of seeing it at some stage (maybe the DVD stage). For now, I’m gearing myself up to Dreamrunner and keeping my fingers crossed it’ll go down well J

5 Responses to “Dreamrunner out next week!”

  1. Vero, November 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Since I enjoyed your first book so much,I pre-ordered Dreamrunner on Amazon and just finished it…I loved it, the characters are so real, I was particularly drawn to Leo and really felt for him. The dream disorder was brilliantly described, and the whole thing had me gripped. Please write another one soon! Vero xx

  2. candice, November 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I was given this book by a friend and read it in one sitting, it was terrifying in places and beautiful in others and i couldn’t stop reading it, my only question is why did you choose such a subject? I had never heard of such disorders, how did you find out about this, do you knwo somebody with this problem?

  3. Clare Jay, November 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Vero and Candice,
    Thanks so much for your positive comments about Dreamrunner! It’s great to know you enjoyed the book. Candice, to answer your question, I first became interested in sleep disorders when I was chatting to other dream researchers who had investigated that sort of thing, but I only knew I was going to write a novel on the subject when I met an old schoolfriend who was worried his relationship would end because he kept having violent episodes where he dragged his girlfriend around the room while asleep. This made me realise how shocking such a condition can be and how awful it must be for a bed partner to have to deal with incidents like that on a regular basis. And it turns out that sleep disorders are quite common, affecting millions of people, so writing about them is a way of raising awareness. Thanks for your interest!


  4. Annie, December 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Dear Clare

    I have just looked at your site again to see if you have been updating it and see that I have missed the launch of Dreamrunner! I can’t believe that I have done that and am just about to order a copy as I loved Breathing in Colour.

  5. Clare Jay, December 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Dear Annie,
    I’m so glad you liked Breathing in Colour and are going to get Dreamrunner too. It’s only been out a few weeks so you didn’t miss the launch by very much at all! Hope you enjoy it. I’m always open to feedback so feel free to get back to me with your opinion once you’ve read it, if you like.

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