Saturday, July 26, 2014

DREAM a LITTLE DREAM

by Mary Kennedy
 
 
When I told my friends and colleagues about my new Penguin series, the Dream Club Mysteries, I was surprised at the outpouring of interest and support. Everyone, it seems, is fascinated by dreams, curious about their meaning and eager to discuss their potential significance.
 
As a psychologist, I have to tell you that my clients love to talk about their dreams. Are dreams really the "royal road to the unconscious" as Freud suggested? Can they give us new insights into our deepest thoughts and most hidden emotions? Or are they simply random firings of neurons as the brain rests and recharges itself, taking a few hours to deal with the "residue of the day."
 
My new Penguin-Random House series is about dream clubs. Their popularity is definitely on the rise, especially in the northeast. If you're not familiar with dream clubs, think of an ongoing support group with members who are passionate about their dreams. Members are carefully selected, the group agrees to at a particular time and date for a certain number of weeks. Everyone agrees to agrees strict confidentiality. After all, whether they're filled with sunshine or terror, dreams are personal stuff.
                                                        
 
Would you ever be interested in forming a dream club with your friends? In Nightmares Can Be Murder, my dream club is composed of a group of Savannah women who meet once a week to analyze their dreams, eat some delicious pastries and solve a murder or two. They meet in an apartment above a vintage candy store called Oldies But Goodies and the living room is featured on the cover.                      
 

See the cat playing with the dreamcatcher in the bottom right of the cover? A sharp-eyed reader noticed the dreamcatcher was broken and asked if it was deliberate. Did the cat break it? Or did the cover designer portray it as "broken" to suggest that "nightmares" could slip through. As you know, the purpose of a dreamcatcher is let the "good dreams" through and trap the nightmares so they never disturb your sleep. The characters in the series have both "sweet dreams" and "bad dreams" and they often contain clues that help them with their murder investigation.
                                                       
      I hope a lot of you are interested in dreams, because I'm running a giveaway all next month that should be lots of fun. The prizes will be "Sweet Dream Kits" that contain a dreamcatcher, along with cookies, tea and a signed ARC of Nightmares Can Be  Murder. Everything you need for a good night's sleep!                                                      
                                                          
 
If you want to learn more about dreams right now (and can't wait for the Sept 2 release) you can buy the little 17 page guide shown above, "A Psychologist's Guide to Dream Interpretation." It's something I put up on Amazon for fun, it's 99 cents and ALL the proceeds go to the Wayne County Humane Society in Lyons, New York. http://tinyurl.com/k5dazog If you read the dream guide, you'll know the answers to participate in the contest for the Sweet Dreams kits (and you'll be helping a wonderful organization.)
 
So stay tuned for a fun Sweet Dream giveaway during the whole month of August, and feel free to tell me your dreams!  Sweet dreams, everyone.
 
by Mary Kennedy
 

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book and it's coming out in time for my birthday

Becky Prazak

Lynda Turpin said...

Hi Mary.

I LOVE the cover for Nightmares Can Be Murder. It's one of my all-time favorites. The colors are awesome and the detail is wonderful.

I'm really looking forward to reading the new series.. I've had it pre-ordered for awhile and am anxious to read it - and, of course, I hope it gets into audio soon {grin}

I really enjoyed the DREAM INTERPRETATION guide (read it again tonight). It's a quick read but with a lot of interesting information. I was able to relate to some of it personally and the rest was still fascinating. I like the way you provided real life examples and also gave some insight into the dreams of the characters in the new series. And, of course, I think it's wonderful that you are donating the proceeds to the humane society,.

The idea of a Dream Club is fascinating. I had never heard of them until you mentioned them a while back. I don't know if it would be something I would want to join, though. But never say never...

Dream interpretation is a subject that a lot of people I now are fascinated with. My niece regularly tells me about the really strange dreams she has. I used to be able to remember my dreams - some funny, some pleasant, some scary, some just plain weird. Many of them had people who popped up in them and I couldn't figure out why they were there in that particular situation. A couple were recurring (and scary), but fortunately I haven't had them in years. But it's been a while since I was able to consciously remember any of my dreams. I don't know if it's because I'm so exhausted most of the time that maybe I skip some sleep steps.

At any rate...I'm really looking forward to the new series and the "Sweet Dream Kits" sound very cool. It should be a fun giveaway. Take care and give your kitties a hug from me (well...the one's who will let you hug them, anyway)

Malka E said...

i've never heard of dream clubs…. but it sounds fun, as does your book!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Lynda, thank you so much for the kind words! I hope loads of readers find dreams as fascinating as I do. I'll be attending the International Association for the Study of Dreams next year and hope to present a paper. It should be fun! Thanks so much for stopping by, I can't wait for you to read the book, I am really interested to see what you think about it. By the way, I know quite a few people who have "fragmented sleep" and they rarely dream, I think it's because they sleep so lightly that they never get into the deepest level of sleep, as you suggested. In any case, sweet dreams and thanks for stopping by!.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Malka, thanks for stopping by. I think dream clubs are popular in certain areas of the country, they're pretty common in the northeast. Be sure to watch next week's blog for more details on the giveaways.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Betty, thank you so much, I have my fingers crossed that a lot of people will find dreams interesting! The Savannah women in the Dream Club Mysteries love to meet once a week to analyze their dreams and solve a murder or two. Thanks for stopping by.

Linda Reilly said...

Mary, dreams have always fascinated me. I often lie awake in the morning trying to figure out the hidden meaning in a crazy dream I had during the night. Your book cover is gorgeous, and I can't wait to read Nightmares Can Be Murder!

Dawn Frazier said...

I can't wait for the book! It sounds so good. Dreams are fascinating, and I always wonder if they have some hidden meaning.

Janet Morrissey said...

I can't wait! I've had it on preorder since march. It's a fascinating topic.

I do, however, wish there were more Talk Radio books.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Linda, make sure you make a quick note about your dream--just keep a pad of paper on the night table. It's amazing how much we forget about our dreams. Sometimes we'll hear a word or a bit of a song the next morning--and the whole dream comes back to us. I don't know if you've ever had that experience, but I know I have! Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

HI Janet, thank you so much!! I wish there were more Talk Radio books, too. I hope to add a fourth. Maggie, Lola and Vera Mae head to Palm Beach for an oh-s-boring psychology conference. The smarmy keynote speaker ends up DEAD and they spring into action, ready to solve the crime. Thanks for stopping by.

Tonya Kappes said...

Very cool concept. I always try to interpret my dreams after I have one. Some have come true to their meaning and sort of freaks me out!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Dawn, I think Nightmares Can Be Murder will help you analyze your dreams!
And there's two more books coming along, DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM and a third one (untitled, as yet). Thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Tonya, I hope only the "good ones" come true!! I know what you mean--it's a little disconcerting when something happens and you think: "Hey, I just dreamed about that the other night." Thanks for stopping by.

Katreader said...

I can't wait to read it! I have very vivid dreams-sometimes better than TV! It would be neat to be a part of a dream club, especially if there was wine...and snacks! I do have one bone to pick, now that song is stuck in my head, and not the whole song, just the phrase, "Dream a little dream of me". Sigh

Katreader said...

http://youtu.be/ajwnmkEqYpo

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I can't wait for this book, Mary! And what a terrific post. My friends claim that they don't dream. Mine are vivid and colorful and sometimes mystery plots. But then I forget. My hubby hates the ones where he does something 'wrong' and is in trouble in the am.

XO

MJ

kiki said...

I am really interested in dreams. I also have what are called "night terrors". Sometimes can't tell if they happened or not. If I could only remember them well they might make good books lol

mary kennedy said...

Night terrors are awful, kiki. Hugs! Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Hi MJ, you have "writers' dreams." I need to post something about that, creative people dream differently than others. Seriously, we do! I'll write something about that next week.

mary kennedy said...

So far, they've just been serving sweet tea and lemonade at the Dream Club meetings in my books, but I think I need to add wine. Good thinking, Katreader!

Nancy said...

I'll look forward to that post. I dream in color, while many people, apparently, dream in black and white. Will you address that? I can hardly wait for your book.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

It's funny that your wrote about dreaming today. I fell back to sleep this morning and had a good one. I never dream scary things. Usually they have something to do with what I have seen or heard during the days before. I was trying to get to my 46 year old son who was still in high school. I was having a hard time because there was a lot of snow to walk through. My mother and aunt were on the cell phone. (both have passed) and were yelling at me to help my son because they had seen things on Oprah. (I had seen a commercial with her in it yesterday) All my dreams are funny and crazy. Good for a good laugh the next day if I remember them. I don't think I would like a dream club because I would then dream about what the people talked about.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Diane, your dream is really intriguing! It' always interesting to me that "time and space" don't exist in dreams and we are always "in that moment.." Dead people come back to life, we end up in places we've never been and there seems to be no past or future. Thanks for stopping by.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Thanks Mary. It's funny that with all the mysteries I read, I don't dream of murder. I look forward to reading your new series.

Maureen H said...

This new series sounds very interesting. My Mom is always having these "weird" dreams and I always wonder what they mean. Can't wait to read the new series. Love that you are donating to an animal shelter-I live in Monroe County.
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mary kennedy said...

Hi Nancy, creative people tend to dream in color, although I once had a very creative type who dreamed in black-and-white. When I asked him about it, he said, "Hey, Woody Allen makes his movies in black and white, so it must not be a bad thing, right?" LOL

mary kennedy said...

Diane, some of my friends who write thrillers tell me they have nightmares...really gory ones. Eww, I'm glad I write cozies. :-)

mary kennedy said...

Hi Maureen, maybe you'll spot something in Nightmares can be Murder or in the little 99 cent "dream guide" that will help you interpret your Mom's dreams. Hope you enjoy the series, thanks for stopping by!

Patricia Plummer said...

This sounds so great!! I'm going to pre-order now!

There is a store in my hometown of Lexington, NC--The Candy Factory--that sells all the old timey candy. It is run by the daughter of the late owner of the Red Bird candy company that makes the great peppermint (and other flavors) sticks. They have bins of penny candy also.

I wonder what is going on on HER second floor???

Kait said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, can't wait to read it. Never heard of dream clubs. They sound like fun :)

mary kennedy said...

Patricia, that sounds wonderful!! Dylan's CandyBar in Manhattan is like that, it's so much fun. And I discovered one in Ft. Lauderdale the last time we were there. We were getting ready to fly back home and I was so disappointed that I didn't get a chance to stop by.

mary kennedy said...

Kait, thanks for stopping by, dream clubs are lots of fun. And sometimes full of surprises.

Lynda Turpin said...

Love the title of the next book Dream a Little Scream. Makes me want to go pull out some Mamas and Papas tunes - LOL

Lynda Turpin said...

Katreader - I have the same problem. Just can't get it out of my head - LOL. Cass Elliot had an amazing voice, and I've always loved groups that could pull off great harmonies (Mamas and Papas - Peter, Paul and Mary - Simon and Garfunkel...)

Patricia Plummer said...

BTW--have already pre-ordered it!!

mary kennedy said...

Me too! I didn't know that's what Penguin was going to call it and now I keep seeing Mama Cass singing it!

mary kennedy said...

Thanks so much, Patricia!

SueAnn said...

I have thought about this post for 2 days, I am sure I would not be interested in joining a dream club....still a little too weird for me ...I have dreams that are odd..and I know there is meaning in them.Then I have spooky dreams too....waking before I die...I ponder them for a bit..file in the memory,,,,stay watchful for any little dreamy slips out somwhere,,and I can go-AH-HA,hmmm. makes sense.Not sure I would be able to talk in a group about my dreams,,I don't know, never heard of them,possibly when your book is ready, I can read it,,,,to understand more of what you are saying,,,

DogsMom said...

I do belong to dream support groups on facebook. We use our dreams to encourage our creativity.
The August contests sound like fun!

Heather said...

Sounds like one to add to Mount TBR. I tend to be a lucid dreamer and have active dream cycles, but -- though I will occasionally share dreams with friends -- I don't think I'd feel comfortable talking about them with strangers. Interesting theory, too, on the broken dream catcher on the cover.

roseygirl said...

I can't wait for this series to come out!