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Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.
Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
When I was a child I often suffered from night terrors. I blame it on the movie Cat’s Eye. I never read the book but if that little creature can make me paralyzed in my bed just from watching it, I can only imagine what the mind of Stephen King would make me feel.
Fast forward several years and now they call it sleep paralysis. I know lame right? All I know is I’m minding my own business either almost a sleep or totally asleep when I feel the bed dip. Not the I kicked my foot and it shakes, I mean IT DIPS. The worse part of it is I can’t move. I’m terrified to open my eyes even if I could. I can only imagine a demon crawling in bed with me. It always happens when I sleep alone. My husband sometimes falls a sleep with my son and I have no problem with that because I have the bed all to myself, or so I think.. I have told him about these episodes and he just laughs at me….he LAUGHS at me. Saying I need to just use my crazy ninja skills on it…jerk.
I’m too embarrassed to go to the doctor. Next time this happens I’m just going to push the covers back and yell “Take Me!” and hope that the said demon is at least good looking. *winks*
So yeah I’m guessing my nightmare would look something like this.
I would love for it to look like this though haha
The Legend of the Dream Catcher: The lore behind the sacred Native American object
When I first came up with the idea for CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, a piece of my world-building consisted of creating Daniel’s “race.” In the book, the army of men and women who guard the living from Nightmares and ensure that dreams are filled with happy memories are part of an organization known as the Protectors of the Night.
Deciding what to collectively call the society was easy, but as I continued to build my hidden world, I realized that I didn’t have a specific name for what Daniel had become.
In his afterlife, Daniel is still mortal but unable to age—the best soldiers are those in prime physical condition, his leader would say. And while he can wander the world, able to be seen, his newfound skills include: teleportation (called “evaporation” in the book), invisibility, and the ability to see beyond the veil that separates the living world from the spiritual one.
But when I thought about what to call Daniel’s species, I didn’t look at their abilities but instead at their responsibilities. Daniel was chosen to protect people from Nightmares—clawed, red-eyed creatures that sneak into rooms at night and invade individual’s minds, feeding off their fears and forcing terrifying dreams to surface. And within seconds, I knew exactly what to call them:
For those of you who don’t know the lore behind Native American dream catchers, the story is quite fascinating. Dreams have always had meaning to the Native Americans; they believe that the night air is filled with them, good and bad. And so dream catchers were created and hung near beds, swinging freely in the air and catching dreams as they passed by.
The lore began with the Chippewa tribe, who believed positive dreams would slip through the center and glide down the feathers to the sleeper below, while negative dreams would get caught in the web and expire in the first rays of sunlight. It’s from this lore that I created the two “races” that make up the Protectors of the Night—Dreamcatchers and Dreamweavers.
Like the web, Dreamcatchers ensnare the Nightmares, and like the feathers, Dreamweavers glide pleasant dreams into the minds of the people they protect. Paired together, they work like the sacred Native American object that has been hanging in homes for centuries, providing each individual with nights of happy, restful sleep. It’s a world that I’m still baffled I was able to build, and it’s all because my subconscious mind remembered the Legend of the Dreamcatcher.
(Story and poem from First People)
A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother. Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away.
One day, as she was watching him, her grandson came in. “Nokomis-iya!” he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe, and went to hit it.
“No-keegwa,” the old lady whispered. “Don’t hurt him.”
“Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?” asked the little boy.
The old lady smiled but did not answer.
When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, “For many days, you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift.” He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went.
Soon the moon glistened on a magical, silvery web, moving gently in the window.
“See how I spin?” he said. “See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web.”
An ancient Chippewa tradition,
The dream net has been made
For many generations
Where spirit dreams have played.
Hung above the cradle board,
Or in the lodge up high,
The dream net catches bad dreams,
While good dreams slip on by.
Bad dreams become entangled
Among the sinew thread.
Good dreams slip through the center hole,
While you dream upon your bed.
This is an ancient legend,
Since dreams will never case.
Hang this dream net above your bed.
Dream on, and be at peace.
Sleep well, sweet child;
Don’t worry your head.
Your dream catcher is humming
Above your bed.
Listen so softly;
I know you can hear
The tone of beyond
Close to your ear.
Love is alive
And living in you
Beyond all your troubles
Where good dreams are true.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
In a world where good and evil are fought while you sleep. Daniel is one of those that fight against the evil. As a dreamcatcher it comes with the job. A job assigned by angels, for over two hundred years he has spent guarding his assigned humans against nightmares. Horrible evil creatures that try to invade our minds while we sleep. His new assignment though is different. He wants to protect her not only in her sleep but in reality. He reveals himself to her and together they must unravel the mystery behind her nightmares.
After tragic events Kayla finds herself in a mental institution. Suits her fine because she does not want to go home to her mother and THAT house. Everyone thinks she is crazy but she knows what she saw. Everyone except Daniel. Her dreamcatcher. He is the only one that can save her from her nightmares and the only one that believes that she is not crazy.
Feelings grow, secrets are revealed and their entire existence is threatened. When they find themselves surrounded by the evil will they be able to save themselves and all of mankind?
My Thoughts: WOW. WOW. WOW! I couldn’t put this book down. So action packed. And so very very very original and refreshing. Every page kept me glued!