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Life As a Classroom, Compassion As the Teacher: It Takes a Fool by Sasha Dreams

Cover

The bell rings

Class is in session

The chalkboard is wiped clean,

ready for today’s lesson

One student is late and not seated at the table

She’s diving in and out of currents of circumstances,

trying to steady herself toward the shore

She arrives late with the weight of the world as her backpack,

ready to give her pain away to part with her problem

But Compassion, her teacher, offers a better solution

~By A.C.

Book Blurb

Life couldn’t be sweeter for ten-year-old Sasha…
She’s the darling of her fifth grade class and her best friend always has her back… just like a sister. But simmering beneath the beautiful life are the dark secrets her parents harbor, secrets that slowly wind their way around the heart of the family, choking the life from Sasha. Helpless, afraid and alone, she fights the only way she can, but her desperate quest for survival could lead to her own destruction!

It Takes a Fool explores the darkest depths of poverty, addiction and bullying, and how even the innocence of a child can be twisted into something monstrous. Sasha will do all she can to survive a nightmare she can’t wake up from, but in protecting herself, she might just destroy everyone around her.

biopic-1Meet Author Sasha Dreams

Bio

Sasha Dreams is a no one from nowhere pregnant with dreams. She dreams of hope, ambition, fulfillment and success. Sasha has learned from the mistakes of her childhood and transformed her weaknesses into strengths.

Sasha believes wholeheartedly that writing is healing. At times throughout her writing process it was painful, but now that the tears have dried and the past forgiven a horribly beautiful story has emerged. Follow Sasha on her journey as a writer, business woman, wife, daughter, sister, mother, and friend. Watch as her dreams come true. 

Q & A with Sasha Dreams

What did you do before becoming a writer? How has your career path led to or shaped your writing career?

I currently work in serving my community. I am sure that my career path has shaped my writing by allowing me to stay connected with our youth. I feel I was able to connect with my inner child more because I am surrounded by our youth daily. It Takes A Fool is told from my ten year old self but is appropriate for middle school aged children starting in the eighth grade.

Why did you write It Takes a Fool?

I wrote It Takes A Fool to heal from my past. This story has been brewing inside of me for over 25 years. It was ready to be heard. Even though I was not necessarily ready to share my pain with the world. I become more and more ready everyday.

How has social media and technology affected bullying?

Social media and technology have affected bullying positively and negatively in my opinion. On one hand an individual or a group may choose to abuse social media. They may choose to harass, embarrass or oust a person unfairly. On the other hand because of technology a person who has been bullied or who is a bully can find resources to stop what is happening.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied?

Bullying is a major problem throughout the world. We see it everywhere, from schools, work, sports, online and in homes. If you are a victim of being bullied or you are a bully please visit www.ittakesafool.com/resources.

Why did you become a writer?

I became a writer to share my story with others. It is my hope that by sharing my story others will choose to make better choices. Remember, every new day is an opportunity to make better choices.

What tips would you give other aspiring writers on how to complete and submit a novel, and survive the publication process?

My advice for new and aspiring writers is to do as much research as possible on traditional vs. self publishing and decide which option is best for you. Once you have decided, keep pressing forward.

What impact do you want to leave on the literary world?

The impact I want to make on the literary world is to have written a story that is told from a place of genuine pain but the reader is able to feel the wounds heal page after page.

Describe your writing process or ritual.

My writing ritual was to clean my room top to bottom. Climb in bed with my note pad and a freshly sharpened pencil, some music and an open heart.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about being the best person I can be. I want to lead by example for my childrens sake. Sometimes I make mistakes, but each new day, I try harder to be a better me.

If you could include a character from any teen movie or movie dealing with middle school students, who would you choose to be in your book?  How would he or she fit in at the school?  Who would she or he befriend:  Sasha or her best friend?

 If I could include a character from any teen movie or movie dealing with middle school students, I would choose, Skai Jackson. She is a very talented actress. We also share some similar features. I think she would portray Sasha in a light that viewers could relate to. She would have definitely befriended Sadie. (My best friend in It Takes A Fool) Everyone loved Sadie.

If you could create a soundtrack for your book, what songs would you choose?

The soundtrack for It Takes A Fool would include so many popular hits from the Spinners.

Rubberband Man

Love Don’t Love Nobody(It Takes A Fool)

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love

Sadie

 

 

Press Release

 

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Much Anticipated Memoir on Bullying Finally Here

Washington, DC (December 5, 2014) – The highly anticipated book by Sasha Dreams, It Takes a Fool: A Lesson Learned on Bullying, is finally available on Amazon.

It Takes a Fool is a short “creative memoir” about a 10 year old girl, named Sasha. Sasha is the darling of her fifth grade class and her best friend always has her back…just like a sister. But simmering beneath the beautiful life are the dark secrets her parents harbor, secrets that slowly wind their way around the heart of the family, choking the life from Sasha. Helpless, afraid and alone, she fights the only way she can but her desperate quest for survival could lead to her own destruction.

Excerpts from the book have already been making an impression on, the largest community of readers and writers, Wattpad. One Wattpad reviewer said: “Powerful writing. Quiet, soft-spoken but speaks straight into readers’ hearts. A place of vulnerability.”

“I am excited about the release of the book,” said Sasha. “I hope valuable lessons will be learned through the sharing of my story.”

It takes a fool is available in both kindle and paperback format on Amazon.com for $4.95 and $7.95 respectively. For further information about the book and the author, visit: http://www.ittakesafool.com.

 

 

If you want to read a moving story that will leave you changed, pick up your copy of It Takes a Fool today!
Connect with Sasha Dreams!

Website:  www.ittakesafool.com

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/It-Takes-Fool-Learned-Bullying-ebook/dp/B00O4LTNRM

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/sashasmemoir

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sashasmemoir

Email:  sashasmemoir (at) gmail (dot) com

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Speaking of Writing. . .

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Here are some of my favorite writing quotes.  Which quotes have you found that inspire you as a writer?

  • I write to find out what I’m thinking about.”  Edward Albee
  • “It seems to me that writing is a marvelous way of making sense of one’s life, both for the writer and for the reader.”  John Cheever
  • “I don’t like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself.”  Joseph Conrad
  • “Writing is a form of therapy;  sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.”  Graham Greene
  • “From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.  That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of.”  Ernest Hemingway
  • “A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.”  Franz Kafka
  • “ . . . the urge to write poetry is like having an itch.  When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.”  Robert Penn Warren
  • “Memory believes before knowing remembers.”  William Faulkner
  •  “If you’re silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.”  Alice Walker
  • “When men ask me how I know so much about men, they get a simple answer:  everything I know about me, I’ve learned from me.”  Anton Chekhov
  • “First and foremost I write for myself.  Writing has been for a long time my major tool for self-instruction and self-development.  I try to stay honest through pencil and paper.”  Toni Cade Bambara
  • “To be nobody but yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and ay, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” e.e. cummings
  • “When I’m writing I’m always aware that this friend is going to like this, or another friend is going to like that paragraph or chapter, always thinking of specific people.  In the end, all books are written for your friends.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • “At first I wrote out of a very special place to me, although I did not understand what the place was or how to get to it deliberately.  I didn’t trust the writing that came from there.  It didn’t seem writerly enough. . . Then I learned to trust that apart, learned to rely on that part, and I learned how to get there faster than I had before.”  Toni Morrison
  • “I’m not alone when I’m writing—the language itself, like a kind of trampoline, is there helping me.”  William Stafford
  • “How can you write if you can’t cry.”  Ring Lardner
  • “Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music.  If you are born knowing them, fine.  If not, learn them.  Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”  Truman Capote
  • “The same common sense which makes an author write good things, him dread they are good enough to deserve reading.”  La Bruyere
  • “There is only one trait that marks the writer.  He is always watching.  It’s a kind of trick of mind and he is born with it.”  Marley Callaghan
  • “Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.”  Lillian Hellman
  • “A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.”  Marrianne Moore
  • “No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.”  Nicholas Boilean
  • “A writer’s problem does not change.  He himself changes and the world he lives in changes but, his problem remains the same.  It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads it.”  Ernest Hemingway
  • “The difficulty of literature isn’t to write but to write what you mean.”  Robert Stevenson
  • “Words are, of course, the most powerful drugs used by mankind.”  Rudyard Kipling
  • “Every great and original writer in proportion, he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”  Samuel Johnson
  • “The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.”  George Bernard Shaw
  • “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”  William Faulkner
  • “I think the whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves and into the lives of others.”  Sherwood Anderson
  • “Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.”  Jessamyn West
  • “Writing is easy.  All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”  Gene Fowler
  • “The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.”  Morace
  • “Nothing goes by in luck in composition.  It allows of no tricks.  The best you can write will be the best you are.”  Henry David
  • “To write weekly, to write daily, to write shortly, to write for busy people catching trains in the morning or for tired people coming home in the evening, is a heartbreaking tsk for men who know good writing from bad.”   Virginia Woolf
  • “Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought”  Robert Browning
  • “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”  Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “You should know a word by the company it keeps.”  J. R. Ferth
  • “I am finding it hard to get my novel started.  I suffer from stylistic abcesses; and sentences keep itching without coming to a head.”  Gustave Flaubert
  • “Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt.”  Henry James
  • “Language is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling, and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines.”   Bill Bryson
  • “Write while the heat is in you. . . The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.  He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”  Henry David Thoreau
  • “Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature.”  Susanne Langer
  • “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”   Alfred North Whitehead
  • “Art is a jealous mistress.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The only time a human being is free is when he or she makes a work of art.”  Friedrich von Schiller
  • “Writing books sets loose energy in the universe.”  Wendy Bishop
  • Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.  On one level this truth is the swing of the sentence, the beat and poise, but down deeper it’s the integrity of the writer as he matches with the language.  I’ve always seen myself in sentences.  I begin to recognize myself, word by word, as I work through a sentence.  The language of my books has shaped me as a man.  There’s a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right.  It speaks the writer’s will to live.  The deeper I become entangled in the process of getting a sentence right in its syllables and rhythms, the more I learn about myself.  Don Delillo, Mao II