Can Dreams Come True?
Release Date: March 20th 2018
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?
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I felt disloyal sharing my problems with Zach with another guy, but in some weird way it was like no one got me like Andrew did. Even though we had only known each other for a little over twenty-four hours, it was as if I had known him for ages. Although I guess it made sense seeing as it always seemed like he understood what I was going through whenever I listened to his music.
I ended up pouring out the whole gross story about how insecure I felt about Tanna and how I didn’t want to seem jealous, but I didn’t feel comfortable with Zach hanging out with her.
“I know you’re probably thinking, well, obviously her first serious boyfriend, how insecure and jealous can she be?” I said wishing I hadn’t opened my mouth.
“Nope, not at all. In fact, I was thinking this crap is why I don’t date more. What is it with our generation being so casual about stuff? Again, people call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think you and I are wrong to expect people not to hang out with their exes anymore. And if I’m old-fashioned, then why are my songs about this exact thing so popular? I can’t be that out of touch if people are relating to the lyrics, right?”
“Yeah, I think a lot of people want commitment deep down,” I said. “Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe guys just want to date as many girls as possible and not settle down.”
“The media says I come off as this wounded guy as an act to get more female fans.”
I bit my lip. I had heard those rumors, too. In fact, at my old school, people made fun of me for falling for his fake image and said I was too naïve to see he was a player.
“Why are people so cynical?” he asked. “There was this article about me called, ‘Vulnerable or Vulgar: Is Holiday for Real?’”
I had read the article five times and then went online to read the outtakes from it, but all I said to him was, “Oh?”
“Yeah,” he said. “The journalist who interviewed me had an edge to him. The whole time I could tell he didn’t like me, and I almost wanted to call him out on it. I gave short answers and he labeled me, ‘moody and reclusive.’ Actually, I’d like to be reclusive, but I can’t get enough time off to do it,” he said laughing. “Being a recluse is just a dream at this point.”
I giggled. “It’s annoying how people just make snap judgements about you and they can put it out there.”
“I know, right? And if I’m having a bad day because I don’t feel good, nobody writes, ‘He had a sore throat and doesn’t feel like talking.’ No, they make it sound like I was being stuck up when all I wanted to do was go to bed and not die from the flu.”
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
My Writing Process by Krysten Lindsay Hager:
I do a ton of research before starting a novel and while I’m writing it. Can Dreams Come True is about a girl getting to be in her favorite singer’s video and then dating him, so I watched a ton of music biographies, and documentaries on singers as well as interviews with different singers. I watched so many different ones on a variety of singers like, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Elvis, George Michael, Kurt Cobain, Andy Gibb, Bobby Brown, and so many more. I became addicted to the Reelz channel and if you watch it a lot, you might have seen a lot of these, too. A couple of them I watched more than once to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The character, Andrew Holiday, was inspired by Ed Sheeran, Rob Pattinson, and George Michael with some hints of Elvis. One day I was talking to my mom about past music crushes and she reminded me of some I had when I was really little and I looked up info on them. I also read a lot of biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies on singers. I wanted to learn what they were like away from the stage, studio, and cameras.
I also plan visits to the places I write about and take lots of pictures. I’ll sometimes walk the route the characters would take to get a feel for what they’d see and notice on their way. Sometimes I snap pics as I go so I can see the scenery through my character’s eyes later in case I need to refer back to something. For my Star Series, I visited the beach towns I was writing about several times (Grand Haven, Michigan and Saugatuck, Michigan). I used to hang out in the town my YA book Dating the It Guy was set (Birmingham, MI), but it was also inspired by my high school in Grand Blanc, MI, so I went back for a visit.
Music is such a big part of this book, so I would listen to music before I started to write. Since Ed Sheeran and George Michael inspired me, I played their music a lot. One day I was in public and I heard a song that sounded like one Andrew would sing and I googled the lyrics on my phone and it was “Lights Down Low” by MAX.
I always write late at night and I keep notebooks and journals for different book ideas I’m working on. Can Dreams Come True is the first book in the Cecily Taylor Series, so I have a notebook that is what you call the ‘series bible” and just has fact about the characters, locations, history, etc. Then I have another book for ideas and dialogue ideas. Each book in the series gets its own notebook so I can check back on stuff. That keeps me organized and on track so I know where the story is going and how what’s in book one will impact book two, three, and so on.
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