Don’t Close Your Eyes released last Tuesday, and I’ve been pretty busy with interviews, book signings, etc. ever since. This is one of the best parts about being and author–a chance to connect with my readers. So thanks to everyone who came out for my book signings, I loved meeting every one of you.
Now, I thought I’d share a few fun facts about Don’t Close Your Eyes. This is from a blog originally posted Harlequin Junkie on Aug. 27, 2018.
- Don’t Close Your Eyes was originally written as a movie treatment for a screenplay contest twenty-five years ago. It won the contest. The original title, To Remember Jenny, had been inspired after I watched the movie Prince of Tides. I loved the idea of writing about a traumatic childhood memory and how the lingering effects could uproot one’s life years later.
- Don’t Close Your Eyes revolves around Annie Lakes, who is dealing with a repressed memory. This subject, how victims remember trauma, is among one of the most explosive issues facing psychology today. Some experts believe that traumatic experiences are unforgettably engraved on the mind. Others argue that the mind can defend itself by banishing traumatic memories from awareness, making it difficult for victims to remember things until years later. The argument is debated so vigorously because it used so often in legal cases.
- Annie Lakes, my heroine, suffers from posttraumatic nightmares. These are more intense than regular dreams and similar to flashback memories that can contain replays of the actual traumatic events. However because some dreams can only be symbolically related this makes unraveling the truth extremely difficult. For Annie, this makes her feel like an unreliable witness to something that happened to her.
- Like Isabella, a secondary character in Don’t Close Your Eyes, I’m bi-lingual. I love writing about Hispanic characters and adding different cultures in Texas-themed books. When I was young, I lived in Venezuela, and spoke only Spanish for almost two years. Living in Texas, Spanish comes in handy and I kind of love to shock people when they are speaking Spanish and I’ll just chime in. With my blonde hair green eyes, I really throw some people off.
- I enjoy murder. On paper. And on film. Actually what I honestly enjoy is solving cases. I’m addicted to the ID channel. I can stay up until two in the morning watching Forty-Eight Hours and Cold Case. I love sifting through the evidence and trying to figure out who did it and see how they catch the bad guys. Suspense has played a part in most every book I’ve written, even my young adult novels have suspense.
The winners from last weeks giveaway are Dorothy Cameron, Danielle Meek, Samantha McFarland and Roxie Hartschuh. Please email your postal address to Christie@christie-craig.com and I’ll send you your book.