We're happy to have Dream Summore with us today talking about her book, Mirror Beware!
Title: Mirror, Beware!
Publisher: G Street Chronicles
Cover blurb: Antoinette Rodgers, known by everyone as Toni, is a stunning, vibrant, young girl that loves the Lord with aspirations of playing in the WNBA. Toni is torn between what she knows to be true and her dream of being a basketball star when she meets Money Mike, who is a famous rap artist.
Money Mike introduces Toni to a fantasy life of money, fame, and glamour. Toni becomes addicted to this new way of life causing her to turn away from God and into a downward spiral of destructive behavior. Will Toni be able to find her way back to God, discover true love, and fulfill her dream? Or, is it too late for Toni’s dreams to become reality?
1) How did this story come to you?
While working nearly two years in a group home (foster care) environment, I realized that there are so many stories that these young adults face of which has been overlooked. Therefore, I started writing their story in Mirror, Beware! I plan to continue the Mirror Sagas in the near future.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
When I originally finished the manuscript in late 2006 (wrote within 4 weeks), I sent out to a new publisher that an editor-friend told me about. Originally, it was written as a short story for an anthology. I received a call about two weeks later from the senior editor on this teen project and had ‘good’ and ‘bad’ news to share. She stated that they didn’t want the story for this book project; however, they wanted me to write it in a full-fledge novel. I completed before the end of the year. I submitted the work but never got a callback after a year of waiting. I proceeded with another publisher that was new from an email received by an author-friend. This publisher had great interest in the work but wanted to change the current title name to Mirror, Mirror. I felt this title was used in fairytales and this was a young adult book. However, due to their transitions within the publishing company to choose new board members and such, I never received the contract. Less than a year later, I sought out another publisher who also was only out for about two years. They had an interest and sent contract via email. After the contract was submitted, we started with the editing process a month later. Due to the required editing and time schedule for the book to be published, the contract was terminated and had to proceed with a new publisher once more. A month later, I located another possible lead to a publisher and it was picked up immediately. However, someone on the publisher board sent a canceled contract without their knowledge. Then, the publisher called me to let me know that the contract still was in place and book was published by July 2010. Therefore, it went through three publishers before one publisher picked it up. It was almost denied a total of four times but finally it’s in print.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’ve been in a stage play entitled “Are you Ready?” for nearly two years. In the past, I was involved in drama, dance, and talent shows. I also was in the stage play in high school, “Fame” as the dancer Phoenicia.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m writing a screenplay for Mirror, Beware! I’m also writing the next book of the Mirror Saga Spin-off called Mirror Broken. There will be 5 total at this time.
5) Parting comments?
Believe in your dreams, continue to dream and soar for more, and make your dreams a reality. It is one thing to dream but it’s another thing to see your dreams come into fruition.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Dream Summore: http://www.dreamsummore.webs.com/, Blog: http://www.dream-summore.blogspot.com/, Twitter: dreamsummore. Facebook: Dream Summore. Dream 4 More Firm (Dream Store): http://www.dream4more.us/ and able to find the book where books are sold. You can follow or join the sites given too!