IN YOUR DREAMS is about a reluctant hero…Jack Holland, Navy man, all-around great guy, who’s been on the lookout to be in the right place at the right time for most of his adult life, who finally gets his moment.
This, my friends, comes from personal experience.
I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with me, but I yearn to be in some horribly dramatic situation and do everything exactly right (and not wet myself or hide, as might be the real-life situation).
Today, for example, I was walking around the mall with my sainted mother (except in this case, I was the saint). I saw a hugely pregnant woman. Immediately, I pictured her clutching her stomach and collapsing, right there in front of those weirdly aggressive people who want to straighten your hair. “Don’t worry, I’m a romance author!” I would say, and voila, I’d deliver her baby, whom they would name Kristan. Romance Author Delivers Baby; Mother and Child and Author All Healthy, the headlines would read.
Jack’s experience isn’t exactly what he imagined. That too comes from real life; you see those slightly shocked people who say, “I just did what anyone would do,” and you want to hand them a crown and a thousand bucks and a lifetime supply of Ben & Jerry’s. Because the truth is, we don’t know what we’d do. We hope we’d do the right thing, but we don’t really know. Remember that story in the news about the school receptionist who talked down a gunman? She was amazing. It’s not just firefighters and Navy SEALs who are heroes.
All I have to say is, if you’re planning on giving birth in a mall, I hope I’m shopping that day. I’ll have your back. Or your baby, as the case may be.