Getting Ideas From Dreams: Guest Post by Julie Flanders

Posted by Lisa L. on Monday, February 11, 2013

I'm thrilled to welcome Julie Flanders to my blog today.  Her debut novel, Polar Night was released last week.  

You can get it here.

Here is the skinny on the book:

When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violence and heartbreak that left his life in pieces. Numbed by alcohol and the frozen temperatures of an Alaskan winter, Danny is content with a dead-end job investigating Fairbanks' cold cases. That all changes when a pretty blond woman goes missing on the winter solstice, and Danny stumbles upon some surprising connections between her disappearance and that of another Fairbanks woman three years earlier. Forced out of his lethargy, Danny sets out to both find the missing woman and solve his own cold case.


The investigation points Danny towards Aleksei Nechayev, the handsome and charming proprietor of an old asylum turned haunted tourist attraction in the Arctic town of Coldfoot. As he tries to find a link between Nechayev and his case, Danny's instinct tells him that Nechayev is much more than what he seems.


Danny has no idea that Nechayev is hiding a secret that is much more horrifying than anything he could ever have imagined. As his obsession with finding the missing women grows, Danny finds his own life in danger. And when the truth is finally revealed, the world as he knows it will never be the same. 

About Julie:

Julie Flanders is a librarian and a freelance writer who has written for both online and print publications. She is an avid animal lover and shares her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog and cat. Her debut novel Polar Night, a suspense thriller with a supernatural twist, is now available from Ink Smith Publishing. Find Julie online at her blog, and on TwitterGoodreads, and Facebook.


And now for the guest post!

In Your Dreams?

Back in 2011 I had a dream that I was on an ocean liner in the 1920s, crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the United States. I was apparently a first class passenger, as I was dressed in an evening gown, and I met a good looking man in a tuxedo who told me all about a woman he had loved and lost in Russia during World War I. That dream led me to the story of Polar Night.

I can’t exactly say how, because Polar Night takes place in present day Alaska and has absolutely nothing to do with an ocean liner. The antagonist of my story is from Russia, so I did take that bit from the dream. And he’s unusually good looking, as was the man on the ocean liner of my subconscious. But the world of the novel really has nothing at all to do with the dream.

Nevertheless, that dream stuck in my head and eventually settled into the story that became my debut novel.

I find dreams fascinating and I’m so intrigued by how our mind works when we sleep. For most of my life, I’ve had terrible problems with nightmares, and I normally never remember any of my dreams except those of the terror variety. So it was unusual and surprising for me to remember this dream about a voyage on an ocean liner in such vivid detail. Now, I can’t help but think that somehow it was meant to be.

Have you ever had a dream that stuck in your head and set fire to your imagination? For the writers out there, have you ever received story ideas from your dreams?

Thank you, Lisa for having me as your guest today! 


It was my pleasure! :)

I hope you guys will check out Julie's book!  I can't wait to read this one!

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About Me

Lisa Regan I am the author of Finding Claire Fletcher, Losing Leah Holloway, Kill For You, Hold Still, Cold-Blooded and the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling Detective Josie Quinn series (Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave). You can email me directly at



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