Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I’m new here at GirlsHeartBooks. And for my very first post, I’d like to talk about dreams. Not the kind you have at night where you are being chased by a demon headmaster because you forgot to do your homework, but the kind of dreams you have for yourself. The big hopes and wishes we have for our future.
My first book, Dreamer Ballerina, is all about dreams coming true. Casey Quinn wants to be a ballet dancer in New York City more than anything in the whole wide world. She lives in rural South Carolina and her family doesn’t have money for lessons, but through hard work and perseverance (and a little flexibility) she gets there in the end.
In a lot of ways Dreamer Ballerina was a book about my own dream-come-true story.
My dream was to be a writer. I sent in my first submission when I was twelve (you can read all about it here: The Story of My First Rejection), but it took me seventeen more years of practice and a lot more rejections before I wrote something good enough to get published. And once I had that book in my hands, I couldn’t wait to share it!
My Very Cynical Friend read Dreamer Ballerina and said, ‘It’s good, but do you think it’s wise to tell kids that they can make their dreams come true? Isn’t it a bit irresponsible?’
I was horrified. Had I been corrupting the youth by telling them to follow their dreams?
My Very Cynical Friend continued, ‘I mean what if someone with no talent wants to be a dancer? Wouldn’t it be kinder to tell them to give up and try something else?’
I thought about this, it seemed logical. I mean, we’ve all seen those people who audition for TV Talent Shows and are just capital-A Awful and wonder has no one ever told them how bad they are? But the more I thought about it, the more I was sure My Very Cynical Friend was wrong.
Dreams do come true, not by wishing on a star, but when we love something and work at it every day. And sometimes dreams come true in ways we don’t expect. That’s what happens to Casey-her dream takes an unexpected turn, just like mine.
‘But dreams don’t just come true, not really. They come true, and then they get bigger.’- Dreamer Ballerina
You see, I always thought I’d write fantasy books-the type of books I devoured as a child. But it turned out, I wasn’t that good at them. I kept trying, and studying, and learning, and then I found Casey’s voice and her story leapt off the page and I discovered the stories I had to tell were about girls facing real problems in the real world. It was a lot of hard work, but I’m glad I didn’t give up on my dream because it didn’t happen overnight like magic.
And now here I am, writing my first post on the GirlsHeartBooks blog and encouraging you all to follow your dreams. They may take you on strange journeys and they may come true in ways you weren’t expecting, but if it is something you love don’t give up!