Coreene Callahan

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 13, 2012

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Current Release: Debut Title - FURY OF FIRE

Describe your current release in two sentences?

The first novel in my Dragonfury series, FURY OF FIRE, introduces a secret species of dragon-shifters and their struggle to defeat a rogue faction of their kind. Half-dragon, half-human, able to shift forms at will, they are the only thing standing between humankind and total annihilation.

Please describe your writing environment.

Picture this: a 9 x 10 foot room nestled under the curve of my basement stairs. As you cross the threshold, you notice a couple of things. One, it doesn’t have a window. And two, twin closets jut out from opposing sides of the room: one is home to a sump pump, the other, a hot water tank. Both have folding doors on them (thank goodness!), and the room is decked out with glossy white baseboards and door trim. The walls are painted a pale green and the furniture is a collection of hand-me-downs and salvaged pieces. Well, at least, all but my desk. The maple-topped beauty was designed by me and made by my husband. He grimaced when I painted the base my favorite color (turquoise), but has since gotten over the shock.

Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But I love it there. Humble meets homey, it’s like a beautifully appointed cave. And when I turn the corner into my office each morning, my imagination takes flight and stories come alive in the space.

What are you working on?

I’m currently writing the third novel in my Dragonfury series, FURY OF SEDUCTION. I’m also planning the second novel in my Circle of Seven series, paranormal historical romances set in fourteenth century Transylvania. The first in the series, KNIGHT AWAKENED, will be released in December, 2012.

What do you feel blessed with?

Family. I’m blessed with a very tight-knit family. Not just my immediate one either, but a whole crew of aunts, uncles, and cousins. We have so much fun together that once a year we descend on a campground and pitch our tents while the older generation drive in with their RVs. We come from all over the country, and at the height of the weekend, there are anywhere from 80 to 90 of us eating BBQ and catching up on the past year’s events.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I’d love to sit down with my Grandfather (on my Dad’s side). He passed away while I was in college, and although he lived across the street from me most of my life, I never got to sit down with him one on one. Talk about regret and missed opportunity. My Grandpa was a really interesting guy. He grew up on a farm (in a time before technology revolutionized the farming community) and was known far and wide as a Horse Whisperer. He owned teams of Percherons (a beautiful breed of workhorse). I have pictures of him with his team on the farm and in logging camps rigged in their fancy harnesses. Even to this day when I go home, I hear about how amazing he was with his horses.

What is your favorite TV show?

Criminal Minds. The study of human behavior fascinates me, and I love seeing how they use psychological markers to profile criminals and predict behavior.

Where do you want to travel?

Right now, I have a real yen to go to Prague. Budapest is a close second.

How was your road to publication? Have you ever had to deal with rejection letters?

Oh, boy, now here’s a loaded question! I have a binder full of rejection letters. But I’ve never looked at rejection as a bad thing. Sometimes failure is the best teacher, and I decided early on that each NO I received was simply another step closer to the one YES I needed.

I heard someone say something once (and can’t for the life of me remember who!) that stuck with me—Success is measured by three things: passion, patience, and perseverance. I believe it. If you have the THREE Ps in your pocket (no matter how difficult the road), you’ll stay the course and achieve your dreams.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why?

I’m an early bird. I get up every day at 4:45 A.M. to write. I know, I know. I can hear the “Are you crazy?” comments all the way from here. But there is something about a quiet house and the stillness of the world before dawn that I love.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

My family. They make me laugh, lift me up, and give me a swift kick in the pants when I need it! A close second, however, is my dog, Winston. He’s my constant companion, never fails to make me smile, and as a bonus, lies under my desk and keeps my feet warm while I write.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Besides getting to make stuff up for a living? I think that says it all, but I also love the fact I get to work from my house, wear yoga pants to work every day, and hang out with Winston. Writing a novel is hard work, but the perks far outweigh those days when the words come hard instead of easy.

A huge thank you to the Night Owls for having me on today and to you for stopping by. If you have a chance, visit me at www.coreenecallahan.com or drop me a line at contact@coreenecallahan.com. Anytime. I’m always glad to hear from you.