A lifelong resident of Virginia, I grew up in the rural southeastern part of the state with a large extended family. I majored in Religious Studies and minored in Creative Writing-fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. I now live in a rural area near Richmond where my fifteen year old rescue dog, a Lab/beagle mix I named Joey, and four year old beagle, Leah, have room to run. I spend my free time with my favorite activity, gardening, and I read and write just as often as possible. At university, I was fortunate to have many incredible writing teachers, the most recent being authors Clint McGown, and Sheri Reynolds, bestselling author of “Rapture of Canaan”, among others. I learned from Clint McGown that prose can be as beautiful as poetry and I gained a love of southern fiction from Sheri Reynolds.
In 2012 I began writing stories about a boy growing up in the south in the 1960’s. Those stories became the collection "The Adventures of Roland McCray". I am currently working on a science fiction novel that I hope to publish in 2015.
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Tunnels in the Briar Patch (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
Set in the 1960’s, Roland McCray’s adventures recall a simpler time when kids played for hours outdoors, instead of hours on video games. His mother took him to a Baptist church every Sunday, but it was his grandfather who taught him that real faith is not just for show; it is a quiet and unwavering belief that all things work for the good of those who seek good.
Finding Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
The “Roland McCray” stories are reminiscent of Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye”, Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” and Faulkner’s short stories!
The way they are woven you feel what Roland feels; not all lightness and brightness, but like real life in all of its shaded details. A theme of remembrance and a bit of melancholy runs throughout the book, only serving to make it seem more real.
Finding Luck with Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
These stories follow Roland McCray into those angst-ridden teen years. Roland, no longer a child but not yet an adult, learns the pain of loss and the indescribable joy of first love. He begins to understand the need of forgiveness and acceptance in an often confusing world. Enticed by more temptations than ever, Roland seeks the quiet, unwavering faith his grandfather lives.
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Smashwords book reviews by Blaine Coleman
- Zombies vs. Robots 2
on Sep. 29, 2013
This book changed my mind about just how engaging a Zombie story can be!
I’ve been an avid reader since I was twelve and science fiction and horror stories were and still are my favorite genres. I still read as much as possible and prefer science fiction, cyberpunk and the occasional horror story, but I never really had interest in zombie stories; the few I read were just formulaic, too “old school” for my tastes, but the title of this book intrigued me and I’m glad I bought it. The fast paced, action-filled, suspenseful story is a mesh of somewhat traditional zombies, genetic engineering, the unchecked power of multi-national corporations that want to subjugate humanity and a fringe religious group with apocalyptic aspirations, both with their own private army fighting to take over the world isn’t just plausible in the future but true today. And frankly, unbridled corporate and religious power is even more frightening than are the zombies! This story has believable characters and a strong focus on family, loyalty, love, and importance of cooperation against seemingly impossible odds in the face of horrific personal suffering and loss. The father-daughter author writing team, Joseph and Marisha Cautilli, have added science, tech and an element of cyberpunk to the traditional “zombie” tale, a twist that definitely makes this book stand out from the slew of “Zombie” books being turned out every day. This is not your typical zombie tale and once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down, and the cliff-hanger ending left me wanting the series to continue. I highly recommend this series to any fan of science fiction, fantasy or horror- I know I’ll be waiting for the next volume to be released!