Here’s a lovely and insightful review of my novel, False Awakening. Huge thanks to Lisa for her kind words.
I was very kindly invited to do a guest post over on The Write Stuff, in which I wrote about the inspiration behind my writing and invited others to share their stories. The site is a real hub for readers and writers so I highly recommend you give it a visit. Thanks again to Marcia for having me!
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“Where did you get the idea for your book?” – It’s a question any writer will be asked countless times throughout their life. In some cases, we can pinpoint the exact moment when inspiration struck, while often it’s something as whimsical as an elusive dream or a brief conversation that triggers the construction of an entire imaginary world.
With my first book for example, I was simply watching a news report about a country in absolute turmoil. I remember thinking that it seemed like something from a story; far removed from most people’s lives and yet shocking in its reality. Thus, the plot of The Vessel began to form: A dystopian world, a depleted population, a corrupt government, and one woman at the heart of it all, determined to expose the truth. It’s not to say that what happens in
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It’s excerpt week again over at The Write Stuff, where writers are encouraged to share snippets of their work and readers can hopefully find their next read. It’s a great community for book lovers and definitely worth heading over for a look.
With some friendly nudging from Marcia I’m finally getting round to adding my voice to another great excerpt week. I have three works available – two novels and a poetry collection – and thought I’d share a quick snippet from each.
Let’s start with a poem from Seeking Solace, entitled Goodbye.
Goodbye Mr Tiger,
your eyes they burned so bright.
I’ll think of all their golden charm
when I close my own at night.
Goodbye Mr Elephant,
so mighty, the ground it shook.
I’ll keep alive your memory
when I read my storybook.
Goodbye Mr Leopard,
so stealthy and so shy.
I wish it didn’t end this way,
I wish you did not die.
Goodbye Mother Nature,
so generous, so pure.
I don’t blame you for leaving us,
we’re sick and there’s no cure.
Goodbye fellow human,
I guess I’ll be alone.
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Huge thanks to ‘Just Patty’ for this wonderful review of my book, False Awakening.
This book by Callum was a nice surprise to read.
I am normally more into fantasy novels or poetry, but the story captured me from the very beginning.
The story follows teenager Abi Watson, who wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there. She must strive to uncover the truth from the depths of her own mind while dealing with the various complex relationships with the people around her.
There are a couple of things in particular that attracts me to this book.
First of all, I love the writing style. It reads easy and swiftly. When you start to read, the story grabs you almost immediately and keeps you in its grasp for the remaining of the book.
It has a great tension in it and sparks your curiosity throughout the chapters.
The second thing I really like is that…
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The Write Stuff is a hub for readers and writers alike. Throughout this week, Marcia is encouraging us all to get involved and share excerpts from our published works or WIPs. I chose to share a poem from my collection, Seeking Solace.
Marcia has encouraged us all to share excerpts from our works and seeing as she recently posted a wonderful 5 star review of my poetry collection, Seeking Solace, it seemed entirely appropriate to share one of the poems she mentioned as a favourite, entitled ‘Rise’.
Rise dear phoenix from the ashes
spread your wings and fly.
Wouldn’t they just love it
if you simply lay and die?
Little one, I’ll dry your tears
and bruises they shall heal.
For though they see the scars they make
they know not what we feel.
Be the light among the dark
and guide the lost ones home
to show we fight for what is right
and our hearts are ours to own.
So stand upon the rubble proud
for you are still alive.
It is not about the wounds we bear
but that we do still strive.
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Here’s a lovely review of my poetry collection, Seeking Solace. Huge thanks to Marcia Meara for her kind words.
Callum’s Seeking Solace is a lovely, lyrical book, filled with musical language that lifts the heart and opens the eye. Many of you know I adore poetry, going all the way back to my childhood, so I’m always happy when I have a chance to read a new collection. This one was especially moving. My favorites include Light Bringer, Rise, Will You, and Annual. I lean toward the uplifting aspects of these, though there is a lot to be said for the impact of some of the darker themes in other poems. Overall, this is a wonderful collection that I’ll be reading again and again, I’m sure. And I’m looking forward to more from Callum, who puts his soul out there for all to see.
Do yourself a favor and check out Seeking Solace today!
I was recently interviewed about my writing journey thus far, which you can see here. It was an absolute pleasure to take part.
Everyone’s journey to publication is different and unique. In Behind The Scenes, I interview writers who tell us how they started and got to where they are today. With the knowledge that comes from experience, they share their words of wisdom with us. If you’re a writer, I’d love to hear about your journey! Please contact me here if you’re interested in being interviewed. New interviews featured every second and last Monday of the month.
1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I first started out professionally a few years ago. I volunteered my time at a local magazine, gaining experience…
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