- Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ––Edgar Allan Poe
Anyone who knows Fay Lamb could answer the first question below and be right. That’s because she’s a self-professed dreamer, planner, schemer, and all-around great writer. I love her stories because they’re consistent. Consistently good. And they’re real, because Fay is real. So of course I wanted to include her in my “Dreams” theme this month. Fay was happy to answer my questions and as expected, made a few confessions along the way.
Would you consider yourself a dreamer?
Fay: Most definitely. I do dream about my future, but most of my dreams are ones I make. True daydreams, you might say. I put myself in the place of a character, or I sit in a make-beleieve audience and I watch the characters play out a scene. Sometimes, the characters just may hit upon something that strikes a chord with me, and I begin to write it down, turning my daydreams into novels.
Day Dreams, or night dreams? How else do you come up with ideas?
Fay: Well, these days, my daydreams find place at night. I never go to sleep without setting a stage and either watching or playing a part in my mind. Ideas come to me through character. I see an actor or actress on stage or in a movie (usually more than one with very different roles). When the actor or actress catches my attention, I then begin to form the story world for him or her, develop the conflict for that story, and build upon each scene that I imagine.
What steps do you take to bring your dreams to life?
Fay: Talking story––I take one important step. I write it down. You can’t bring a dream to life if you don’t name it. Likewise, you can’t bring your daydreams to life for others unless you write the story. Even if you’re a master “storyteller,” you must write it down to relay it in either form. Words lead to sentences. Sentences lead to paragraphs. Paragraphs lead to scenes. Scenes lead to chapters. Chapters lead to completion. But those aren’t enough. Each sentence, paragraph, scene, chapter––completed story must be layered with an essential element, conflict. That takes me back to my daydreams. You’ll never find me daydreaming about characters who have a life of ease. Oh, no, often my daydreams are filled with nightmares for my character. Some of those dreams are so nightmarish that I have to bring them back a notch only because I wouldn’t want the reader to know how dark I can be. All of us face evil but some things are just better left in the darkness of our minds. Still, they bring out the emotions in the story.
Filling in the middle––how do you keep yourself moving forward?
Fay: Conflict. What can happen next to my poor heroine who has been through mishap, danger, or mayhem? She must continue to battle until the very end when she (or he) is triumphant and has learned that God is always in the details using our challenges to grow us and to prepare us to be a beacon for others who might face the same problem.
Do you have any advice for other dreamers?
Fay: Keep on dancing. That was my motto in high school, and before you ask, I can’t dance a lick to the beat of any music but that of life. On life’s stage, I stay in tune, and I continue to listen to the beat of my heart, which holds two desires: to please God and to share what I know of His goodness through my writing. So keep on dancing to your own tune. Study the writing craft. Learn what constitutes the “best” and work toward it. Don’t give God less than your all, and dance like David did before the Lord.
Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Libby, Hope and Delilah, Books 2 through 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.