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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 five year old beagle, Leah, and her new companion beagle, Billy, have room to run. I spend my free time with my favorite activity, gardening, participate in Midlothian Wordsmith's Workshop, and read and write 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 ASDVENTURES OF ROLAND MCRAY. All three volumes are also in print and audiobook. My books are available in or can be requested at many Public libraries and paperback versions can be ordered from several major offline book retailers.
I also have a new book that is a radical change from the ROLAND MCCRAY series- FALLING WATER (Stories and Poetry)- a well-received collection of unusual short stories and poetry that is also available in print and audiobook (narrated by Charles Kahlenberg). Among other projects, I'm currently working on a science fiction novel that I hope to complete in 2017.
The Next Level Publishing
on Oct. 01, 2013 :
Finding Luck draws you right into what life was like for a young man growing up in the country in the 1970s. Within the first pages of "Finding Luck" I was drawn into the story and tumbled along inside a young man's mind as he is hunting wood ducks and dealing internally with the conflict he feels about taking life. Blaine Coleman expertly paints each scene so that you experience country and farm life along with the main character, you're drawn inside and live, for that little bit of time, as him. I highly recommend his book "Finding Luck" for those who enjoy a good coming of age story, but especially for those who grew up on a farm or in the country and wish to be transported back to a simpler time in the world. These stories are woven in such a way that you feel what the boy feels, they are not all lightness and brightness, but more like real life remembered in all of its shaded details. There is a theme of remembrance and a bit of melancholy that runs throughout the book, only serving to make it seem more real. Blaine Coleman is a master writer and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)