It’s lovely getting feedback about Dreamrunner and it was fantastic to hear the reaction of Dr Carlos Schenck, a world authority on sleep disorders, who helpfully diagnosed the fictional Carlos for me and shared his expertise when I was wrapping up the final draft of the novel. When he’d finished reading Dreamrunner, he wrote:
‘You have truly written the “ultimate Parasomnia novel”. And it was a heartwarming story… you have certainly served the sleep medicine field very well, and in particular the area of Parasomnias, by raising vital awareness about this seemingly obscure – but in fact highly prevalent – set of sleep disorders that can wreak havoc on personal and family lives… I will be singing the praises of your novel.’
Often people only hear about sleep disorders when a horrific case of sleep violence comes to light, and there’s a tendency to think it’s something freakish that couldn’t happen to oneself. Sleep disorders often remain undiagnosed and so sufferers are inclined to fear that they’re losing their minds. Dr Schenck thinks it’s important to educate general physicians as well as the general public, so that such disorders can be diagnosed early on and treated before they erupt into violence.