Dreaming I Wake is a 54,184-word historical thriller blending a factual Golden-Age Hollywood murder mystery with a modern-day ghost story. The former owner of a Hollywood hills bungalow begins having nightmares about a tragic death that took place in its den. As the nightmares begin to threaten his health and sanity, he is driven to explore lucid dreaming in an effort to confront the house’s ghosts and heal their spirits.
Air-ambulance pilot James McQueen and his wife Andrea actually felt a bit relieved after selling their home. They’d joked to guests about their “haunted house in the Hollywood hills,” and the creaking footsteps audible at night and the swaying chandelier in the den had been more unnerving than outright frightening. But a few months after moving, Jim begins having recurring dreams of the 1920s-era charmer, finding himself in the grips of increasingly terrifying and nightmarish visions, unable to discern his dreams from reality. With his mental health and career in jeopardy, and facing a sixty-day FAA grounding, he explores lucid dreaming and researches the bungalow’s history. Guiding spirits contact Jim to help him uncover and transfigure the shattering grief devastating the house’s ghost so it can finally move on.