What is this?

“A thought-provoking exploration of the very human tendency to dream big but do little.” – Matt Ives.

I wrote the book as a message for my two-year-old daughter about following her dreams. Now that it’s done, I think it’s good enough to share with you too, and I think the message is just as important for you as it is for her. But I’ll be honest, her copy being printed is 95% of my motivation in sharing it. I want it ready to read when she’s older because along with the words on the page, I want to tell her that if she has a story to tell or a mountain to climb, she should go and do it. The act of writing and printing the book is just as important as the story itself.

Check out a sample chapter here. I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to comment at the bottom of the page if you like.


Pera Barrett

Where can I find the book?

In mid-2017 I’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to try and convince 100 people to buy a copy, that way I’ll be able to get a copy printed for my daughter. If you want me to let you know when that happens, just put your email address in the box below, and I will!


What’s it about?

It’s a fantasy story aimed at teenagers and adults, young or old. The theme and messages are important for all ages, we all have dreams, we all have the chance to chase them, and we all pay the price if we don’t. It’s twenty thousand words long, so will take you exactly 0.005% of the time it took to read Lord of The Rings.

In short, the story is about the man that writes and sends, the dreams we all think are our own. Our world depends on us (the dreamers) turning the dreams he writes, into done-things (or reality). But dark forces are pulling us away from our dreams, and pushing us to be part of ‘The Machine’ instead.

So the old man embarks on a quest to set the balance between dreams and nightmares right, racing against those dark forces who would rather see dreams fall by the wayside.

At times dark, light, and everything in between, The Man who Writes the Dreams is an action packed, possibly true, definitely thought provoking, tale of humankind’s most epic battle. It is good versus evil, night versus day, us versus them. You might be surprised which side you’ve already chosen.