Meet Author S.J. Hitchcock

First of all I would like to thank Apryl for having me, and that I cannot express how excited I am to be here.
I guess I should introduce myself my name is Sarah, I am 37, a mother of four. My children are between the ages of ten and sixteen. I work in a pre-school part-time and love reading and crafting, mainly making cards, and of course I love writing.
I am the author of ‘The Dream World Series’, the first two books are out right now, with book three out in the next few months.
The series follows Debbie Conway and her life after the death of her mother. I cannot forget to mention her best friend, and of course, Mark, Simon and Karen, her former best friend. The novels are in the POV of Debbie, Karen and Mark.
I thought I would start by sharing the blurb and cover with you, this is the latest updated cover.

Blurb: I spot my mother's car approaching me. I see her wave, and smile as our eyes lock. Then as if slow motion, the most horrific scene plays out before my eyes. The van switches lanes once again right into my mother's path. The look on her face as she steps on the brakes shows she has realised it's too late, the car ploughs into the van at such speed she has no time to react. I watch in horror as my mother flies forward. I close my eyes and crumble to the ground, shielding my vision, not wanting to see the scene continue to play out. Hearing metal on metal as screams fill the air it's then I realise it's me who is screaming. 

My name is Debbie Conway, I am thirteen years old and from the day I witnessed my mother's death I could think of little else. To ease my pain, I spent more time in my dream world, in the arms of Joshua Lawson, the guy from the poster above my bed, and starring in my favourite T.V show, Victor. 

Meet my best friend Wendy, former best friend and school bully Karen and a boy who will confuse my love for Joshua Lawson, Mark Hobson. He's a new student from America, whose accent alone sends shivers up and down my spine.

Let’s start by meeting Debbie….

Debbie Conway: I am thirteen years old, and right now my world has been turned upside down. I cannot get the image of my mother’s death from my mind. I know my best friend; Wendy may think I am crazy, for slipping into my dream world, to be held in those arms. Arms that belonged to Joshua Lawson, the dreamiest guy I know. He may not be real, living in my dreams only, and the poster above my bed. Truth is, he is real, he is my favourite actor and I love his music. Wendy thinks I am crazy for living in my dreams, but it is the only place I feel safe. I can only take each day as they come, and I am grateful for Wendy having my back, and being there for me.

Before we meet Debbie’s best friend Wendy, I will be doing a giveaway at the end, please check it out. Now let’s meet Wendy:-

Wendy Allan: I am thirteen too, and Debbie’s best friend. I moved into Karen’s old house. She is so horrible to Debbie and I know she can stand up for herself, but I cannot help but defend her. It’s the job of a best friend. I will always be there for her, and since that awful day when she witnessed the death of her mother, she has been lost, and if daydreaming is her way of coping, so be it. I know she will never get to meet him, so allowing her to dream is harming no one, is it? I love her like a sister, and we are as good as family, when my sister married her brother.

Before we meet anyone else from the book I thought I would share a few quotes from the reviews the books has received, which include a total of twelve, five star reviews on

Let’s meet Mark the main male character.

Mark Hobson: I may have been born in American, but moving to the UK had been my idea, at thirteen, I had made my choice. I did not want to attend boarding school back home. It was not like my parents would visit me there or in the UK. Not while they were on tour, and they were a big hit. It seemed they were not going to stop any time soon. I was proud of them, but wished they had more time for me, their son. My cousin to me, seemed to get the attention I should have had been getting. So moving to the UK to stay with my grandparents was the best move. And after a week or so of being here, I knew it had been. When I saw her, I knew I had made the right choice.

Now let’s meet my cousin:-

Joshua Lawson: I am having the time of my life, and all thanks to my cousin, getting me the audition for Victor, he should have tried out too, but of course he had been far too young at the time. He lived in my shadow and I was more than happy to let him stay there. This was my time to shine, not his. And having him sent to the UK may have not been my idea, but it was the best solution all around. Now I could take my place by their side and be the son they wanted, not the one that did not stand tall and show them exactly who he was.

This girl you will either love or hate, Karen, let’s meet her now…

Karen Langley: I don’t know what is so special about turning thirteen, yes my party was the best, and by that I mean, I took my friends out for a meal. Yes I paid, but they were all there celebrating with me. Really, I wanted one person to be there with me, but I could not allow that, we were no longer friends and that was how it had to be. Besides, she had Wendy, and I had them, my friends, the girls who were always there for me. And I could have any guy in the school I wanted, click my fingers and he would be mine. Everything in my life is perfect, almost. One person in my life, I wish would stay out, and that is my good old sister, Jackie.

Last but not least let’s meet Simon, my best friend’s boyfriend:

Simon Portman: I have been at this school for many years and watched the girls with interest, girls like Karen I have no interest in. She is one girl I would never date, Wendy on the other hand, I have had a soft spot since the day I met her. Yet, she has not once looked at me, no girls do. I love coming to school, being at home is depressing, I know my mother does everything she can to take care of me, but being an only child, I craved having a sibling. I have friends, but not one I could call my best friend, that was, until Mark arrived.

Book two in the series continues Debbie’s story.

Blurb: My life has been turned upside down since I WITNESSED my mother's death nine months ago. To ESCAPE the reality of the accident, I would slip into my dream world to be with Joshua Lawson, the star from my favourite TV, Victor. Then it all CHANGED, when Mark Hobson joined our school. 

Wendy, my best friend was sure he liked me, and I liked him, but would we ever be in a relationship? I doubted it, when every girl in the school DROOLED over him. 

If you love or hate her, book three follows Karen’s story after high school, and will be out later this year.

***Contest time***
For a chance to meet Debbie and her friends here is your chance to win some goodies. Open to UK only, a goodie bag and an ebook copy of both books.
US to win a copy of both ebooks. How to enter, please comment below and put UK or US in your comment. Winners will be chosen by an online random selector.
Want to check the books out or me, here are a few links…


Book links
Dream World: Book 1 -
Daydreaming: Book 2 -
Thank you for having me Apryl.

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Apryl Baker


  1. So, how much of the story is real and how much is all in the girl's head? And will her fantasy ever become reality?

    1. Hello Janet, thank you so much for the question.

      I can start by saying that yes, most of Debbie's dreams are only in her head. It is the only place that she feel she can escape to, after witnessing the death of her mother. I could tell you exactly what happens here, but I think that would spoil the story.

      What I can tell you is that the story does continue on from book one to book two. And book three follows the storyline of Karen after high school, you will either love her or hate her. Book four, you will meet Wendy, Debbie's best friend. Right now book three is in the hands of my beta readers.