Felicitas’ life is thrown into chaos when she begins to have dreams of Raine Zadock. Not only has she never met him, but the intimate night in her dreams shows a positive result on her pregnancy test. She doesn’t dare tell her controlling father, Melvin Rebold, the town’s most prominent Baptist minister or her passive mother Sharon. The only person she can confide in is her grandmother Rosie, however her father forbids her to have anything to do with her, claiming she’s insane and speaks with the dead. But, before Felicitas can confess her secret, she mysteriously vanishes. During the search to find her, news of her pregnancy surfaces along with a cryptic Nocturnal Journal that cast an accusing finger on a secretive stranger.
A week later, she is found wandering the woods but with no memory of where she has been. An angry Detective, her boyfriend and her parents are furious with her and of course do not believe her story of becoming pregnant in a dream.
After her father threatens to send her off to County Mental Health, she runs away to her grandmother’s house, all the while haunted by her father’s continual warnings about the woman. True to her father’s description, Rosie seems a bit eccentric and shares wild mystical tales of dreams and other dimensions. Together Felicitas and her grandmother trace their roots back ten generations and make a disturbing discovery that someone very close to her is not who they seem.
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? I wake up early, get my seven year old daughter, Journey ready for school. We walk to school, it’s such a wonderful way to start the day. Then I walk home alone and I either have a great conversation with God then, or I plot out my story some more. I write all while Journey is at school. We hang out afterwards, maybe go to the pool or have some fun at the beach. After dinner we do homework and then after she goes to bed I write some more. I live a very peaceful, joyful life.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? I actually wanted to write books.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today. I was on a trip in Colorado. I had to attend this trip with my husband at the time and I was not too thrilled about being there. One afternoon we took a bike ride on a mountain trail. I got tired and lagged behind and he went on ahead with friends. I turned a corner and came into view of the most spectacular hidden lake. The scenery was breathtaking and I was already short of breath ha ha. I stopped for a moment and became overwhelmed with the presence of God. I swear I heard and audible voice that day. He told me if I would just trust him and quit trying to take everything on myself that he would make my life as beautiful as what I was looking at. Then he told me he created that spot just for me because he knew I would be coming up there one day. It was an overwhelming love encounter with the Almighty. I will never forget it.
Who are your favorite authors? I love to read Donald Miller. He inspires me and makes me laugh and cry all at the same time. His book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years changed my life. Also, Mark Batterson. He too, inspired me with his book In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy day.
What are you passionate about? Speaking life into other people. I feel there is way too much criticism in the world, too much jealousy and hate. I am a firm believer in calling people up to greatness. Calling them up to their true identity and encouraging them to do what they can do.
What would I find in your couch cushions? Crumbs from Journey’s snacks.
What’s your biggest fear? My children not being happy.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? Home with Journey, doing makeovers or popping popcorn and watching a kids movie.
What sets you apart from other writers? I don’t care so much about the money, although as a single mother the extra income would be great. I just mainly want people to be touched by the story. I love story. Not so sure that sets me apart from other writers. I think there are many storyteller’s who feel the same way.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? I had a cape cod once that was delicious. I am not a big drinker and believe it or not…I have never been drunk ha ha.
What are you currently reading? A friend of mine just wrote a book called Orb of Truth. I am currently reading that.
How do you deal with rejection? Grrrr….it’s tough but I realize everyone has their opinion. It’s okay with me. For every person who says it’s not for me, there will be ten who love it.
Where did the idea for your novel come from? I am intrigued with dreams. I love the place between sleep and awake… The place where truth attempts to reveal itself, uttering mysterious lyrics and projecting images on the screen of your mind, reminding you of your past and prophesying your future, only to be forgotten and dismissed as a dream once you awake. I think that place is very important so I wrote a story on that place being more real than we realize and the events happening there affecting our lives while we are awake. I think we are more awake when we are sleeping…truth resides there J
Do you have advice for aspiring writers? Just write! Put your feelings, thoughts and story down. Work on perfecting it later. You will re-write it at least 5 times before you send it out. But first of all, just start.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author? I have never been criticized on “story” just editing issues. And I paid an editor for my first book over 900 dollars and still there were coma glitches I guess. Some reviewers on Amazon love to nit pic at the coma issue. Sigh, I hire editors, proofreaders etc. They all tell me they get so caught up in the story they forget to notice. Thankfully my publisher took care of that for me.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? Oh yes! We have a love fest. I put them through hell but there are great rewards for persevering ha ha
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? I would love for Emma Stone or an actress I know personally named Denyse Tontz (recently signed with All My Children) to play Felicitas.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story? Nothing But the Water, By Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? Yes! Thank You!! Thank you for taking a chance on me and reading my story. I love hearing from you guys. It makes my day. You guys are big “life speakers!”
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you? Facebook of course. I have an author page and a regular page. Most of my life is on my regular page. Choose either or both. I’m an open book ha ha no pun intended. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeniseDaisy?ref=hl
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? I love to get a store bought cheese pizza and then add all my own stuff on top like onions, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, extra cheese and bake it. It is so good…much better than order out. Quick, easy and healthy. I always leave off the meat, especially pork. Pigs gross me out ha ha
Anything else? Thank You so much for having me on your blog and helping spread the word on The Haret! And remember…Speak Life!
Joining the ranks of best-selling authors, Denise Daisy is described as one of the purest storytellers of all time; pulling of romance, suspense and a touch of fantasy, all in the same piece. Denise’s novels include, The Secrets of Moonshine, Haytham The Secret in the Rubble, both books are a part of her popular Moonshine Series. The third installment The Storyteller’s Secret is due out in 2013.The Haret is the first book in The Haret Series, and, Thirteen for Dinner is a stand-alone suspense thriller.She lives in San Diego with her youngest daughter Journey. She free-lances as a hairstylist and make-up artist. She is very active in the community, directing and teaching for the national CYT, children’s theater. During her free time she enjoys hanging out with all four of her daughters, Autumn, Brittany, Kendall and Journey or taking a sail with her real life leading man Scott Dazey.