Lucy's dream comes true with her nightmare tale
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 May 2012
A dream literally became a dream come true for a former Withycombe Raleigh Primary School pupil who has become a published author.
A dream of becoming a published author has become a reality for a former Withycombe Primary School pupil.
Lucy Jones, 25, of Seymour Road, penned The Nightmare Factory after the idea came to her in a dream while she was struggling to live day-to-day with ME.
Last week her debut novel was launched at Waterstones in Exeter and proved so successful it sold out within the first hour.
A sequel book, Rise of the Shadowmares, will be released in October.
Keen not to disappoint her fans following the sell-out, Lucy will attend a second signing of her book at Waterstones, Exeter, on Saturday, May 12, where, from 11am until 3pm, she will be accompanied by two characters from her story.
There will also be free bookmarks, sweets and goody bags.
Lucy said: “I started school at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School where I first learnt to write and develop my imagination. I then moved on to Exmouth Community College and it was there that I was inspired by my English teacher David O’Mahony. Under his influence, my love of writing grew and my dream of becoming a published author was born.
“Following a few years living and working in London, I was forced to return to my Exmouth home after I developed ME.
“It was whilst struggling with this illness that I wrote The Nightmare Factory, the idea of which came to me in the form of a dream.”
Lucy’s book, published by Orchard Books/Hachett for readers aged nine and over, focuses on characters Andrew Lake and his twin sister Poppy, who are stolen from their dreams and find themselves trapped in a strange parallel realm.
There, the evil Vesuvius rules over the Nightmare Factory with his army of Shadowmares, extracting fear from children to create nightmares across the world.”