Pretty Little Dreams is written by our friend Jennifer Miller. The first book Pretty Little Lies was fantastic and I could not wait to get my hands on Pretty Little Dreams.
There is a place in all of us where our deepest secrets lie in wait for their moment to surface, and surface they will.
After living through a real live nightmare, Olivia wants nothing but to forget. Forget and move on. But how do you forget something that has stained your soul and forces you to lie to your loved ones? Even if your intentions are to spare them the horrors of the truth?
Luke knows Olivia is not as recovered as she would have him believe. He can see the pain she tries to keep hidden behind her eyes, and knows she has not told him everything. But how do you save someone who won’t let you in? Where shame holds Olivia captive, Luke suffers through the guilt of not protecting the one person he loves more than anything.
Can two people who have suffered so dearly find a way to come together or will they risk the dreams they have placed in each other’s hearts? Can love find a way where forgiveness cannot?
Was it harder/more stressful writing your Pretty Little Lie or Pretty Little Dreams?
Pretty Little Dreams was definitely more stressful. For sure. Writing a sequel is a whole different ball game. In the first book, I’ve already established the character backgrounds and who they are, in the next it’s all about character development. Making sure that I showed my characters development, and didn’t just tell it, was difficult for me. It’s a whole different kind of writing. There were times I just had to quit for a few days and once up to a week and just clear my mind and come at it again.
Any advice for new self publishing authors?
Know the industry. Writing a book is super important, of course, but knowing the industry you are choosing to publish in is just as important. If you don’t know an answer to a question, or are unsure of something, ask someone! Also, be sure to surround yourself with people that will lift you up and support you. Having other authors that you can rely on and truly want the best for you, as you do for them, is so important.
One issue I have seen with self published authors are covers – and we all know covers can make or break a book. You had a great cover, is that something you always knew what you wanted or were ideas bounced back and forth?
I am SUPER picky when it comes to covers because I myself am a self-proclaimed cover whore. I’m so bad. I will read or not read a book based on the cover, so I wanted to make sure that my covers were attention grabbing and that they suited the book. The foundation of Pretty Little Lies and Pretty Little Dreams, is romance. Yes, there is also friendship, self-discovery, domestic violence and sexy parts, but above all, there is ROMANCE. I wanted my covers to not be sexy, but romantic. That was so important to me. I was unbelievably picky when it came to finding the images for the covers, but when I saw them, I knew they were the right ones. I was very lucky and the photographers each sold me the images and I think combined with my amazing cover designer, they turned out amazing. They truly capture the essence of the story, and I hope that people think romance when they look at them.
Both books and the series title pertain to lies. Will this theme carry on in the other books?
Actually, yes. Hahaha! I already have the next two outlined for Pyper’s story and I have the titles as well. Both themes have a lie at the core. The next one for Pyper’s book I think is very unexpected!
If you could cast the TV show of Pretty Little Lies – who would you choose for the 4 main characters?
Oh wow. That is such a tough question. I love the couple we used in the Pretty Little Lies trailer for Luke and Olivia. That was Matt Lanter and Shenae Grimes. Pyper is a redhead and I have a huge crush on Emma Stone so that’s my Pyper. Deacon is a tough one but Max Thieriot is young enough and has the right look in his older more serious pictures. He would be perfect. Ohh, or Cam Gigandet, he would be a great one too!
Stop back by later for a interview with Olivia’s BFF Pyper and my review of Pretty Little Dreams.