LAKE FOREST — When Rosemary Hines began writing her first novel, she thought it would be pretty straightforward.
Sitting in her Lake Forest living room Thursday afternoon, Hines recalled how she pictured herself as the dictator, the one who would set the novel's agenda.
She was wrong.
"I was really surprised when the characters started taking over and telling me the story," she said.
For Hines, the writing process was one in which she watched a movie in her mind. It pushed her to try and type fast enough to keep up with the plot.
Making her mind's movie come to fruition — from idea to self-publishing — took the former Ensign Intermediate School teacher 17 years.
"Out of a Dream," the first in a three-part series, blends romance, suspense and Christian spirituality to tell the story of a young woman's fall into New Age beliefs, only to find those ideas leaving her wanting in her time of need. The series chronicles the woman's eventual journey to Christianity.