Coral McCallum is an Indie Author/blogger and amateur photographer.
Her writing journey in her words!
1. Please Describe yourself:
Answer: I am an indie author from the West Coast of Scotland. I am married with two children at university and I work full time as a team manager for a retail bank. To date, I have self-published four contemporary romance novels via Amazon’s KDP and Create Space platforms. I write a weekly blog and also an ad hoc music blog, The 525 to Glasgow. Apart from that, I run two social media fan pages supporting rock star Myles Kennedy. Life’s busy!
2. Please Describe your skills:
Answer: I write contemporary romance novels along with a rock music theme. The first three are part of a series, the Silver Lake series, and my most recent, Ellen, is a standalone romance that is a spin-off from the Silver lake books. I am currently working on book four in the Silver Lake series and hope to publish it in 2019.
3. What inspired to pursue your passion?
Answer: I’ve always enjoyed writing stories. When I was a little girl I was always writing stories but seldom finished them. As a teenager, I wrote to escape from the school bullies. I could lose myself in the world I was creating to escape from the real one. As an adult, once my children were a bit older, I began to write again. This time, with the support and encouragement of some very close friends, I have taken it one step further and published the books that I have written.
4. What are the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome?
Answer: The biggest fear I have had to face is the fear of letting people read what I write. That terrifies me. It is also a crippling fear for a writer! I started my blog page in an effort to overcome the fears. I set myself the challenge in 2014 to post one blog per week to help to overcome my fears. Some blogs are easier than others to publish but I have met my challenge and have posted a blog every week since January 2014.
5. Your message to the audience/beginners?
Answer: Just do it! If you have a story to tell, write it down and share it with the world. If you find yourself with writer’s block – pause- put that piece aside and write something else. That’s where my blog is great. I experiment with different genres of fiction via flash fiction and serialised short stories on it.
6. Where can the people find you?
Thank you, Coral McCallum, for taking the time to participate in our weekly column “Writer of the Week“.
Best wishes from Phonic Words for your future endeavours.