This is probably the hardest question for an author to be asked. It like being asked “What is the hardest part about being a person?”. Being an author is as complex as life itself. It goes through the same cycle of life — from new to mature, from amateurish to skilful — and faces different challenges and hardships at every step of the path.
If we look at life as a sea that ebbs and flows, being an author is like riding a boat on that sea. Keep on writing, keep afloat and keep getting better, no matter how rough the sea might become, is the hardest part of being an author.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Children of Swan?
‘The Land of Taron’ is about Jack and Brianna, the older siblings of the Goodman family, who must search for their missing parents and abducted young brother in the remote land of Taron, a strange and unsettling world. It is told in three instalments. ‘Children of Swan: The Land of Taron, Vol 1’ is the first book.
What inspired you to write this book?
It isn’t a coincidence that I have three children, just like the Goodman family. A few years ago I was attending a novel-writing workshop and needed a story idea to pitch to the group. My mind was dominated at the time by the daily chaos wrought by my children. Loving them dearly, but disliking their constant sibling squabbles, I imagined they were missing and caring for each other, with their lives turned upside-down by adversity. That was how the story started. Since then it has grown a life of its own — the missing parents, the abducted young brother, and the perilous land of Taron where life is held cheap.
Nevertheless, it is a fiction. Once the writing switch is turned on, I am completely given over to storytelling. Would I want my children go through the suffering and life-and-death struggles of the Goodman children to learn the same valuable lessons? Well…no, but life can be capricious. The days that our children are sheltered under our wing are numbered. One day they will spread their own wings and fly off into the sky. By then I hope that, like the Goodman children in their fictional world, they will care for each other and be strong and resilient.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I work two days a week at a university, and am a busy mother of three whenever my children are home. Three days a week my unvarying writing time is from 9am to 4pm. I also write in the morning every day, starting at 4-ish, before anyone gets up.
Name your top five favorite books?
Selected Tales by D. H. Lawrence, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian, Into the Woods by John Yorke, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
What are you working on now?
I am current writing “Path to Love”, the second Children of Swan book. I am also reading widely in preparation for a project after the Children of Swan books. It is going to be an historical romantic fiction.
Title: Children of Swan
Author: Coral Walker
Genre: YA fantasy/scifi
It seems that nothing could be worse than waking up one morning to find their parents have disappeared and their young brother Bo bawling his eyes out, but for Jack and Brianna, the squabbling teenage sibling rivals, the worst is yet to come.
Much to the bafflement and distress of their children, Marcus and Zelda have actually returned to their home planet, Cygnore. Marcus and Zelda, the runaway prince and princess of Bara and Rion, had a life on Earth. For twelve years, they lived happily and peacefully under the name of ‘Goodman’.
Bo is kidnapped. In hot-headed pursuit, Jack and Brianna plunge into a wormhole that takes them to Taron. Little did they know their impetuous arrival in Taron has placed the lives of their parents in peril. Locals catch them and bring them to an arena. In bewilderment and dismay, Jack finds himself fettered to a wall and examined by a smouldering-eyed and blue-skinned young woman of Bara, Lady Cici.
Lady Cici, the daughter of Lord Shusha, has come to the arena for one and only reason — to have them killed. She is to be engaged to Prince Marcus, their father, and she cannot afford their existence to jeopardize Marcus’ life and her forthcoming engagement. She must have them killed, and the arena, where slaves routinely fight to the death, is the perfect place.
Coral Walker was born and raised in China. She holds a BSc in Computer Engineering, MSc in computing and PhD in Computer Science and, and has spent most of her adult life striving for an orthodox, academic career path. She now lives in Wales, UK with her husband and three children. Becoming a mother, and teaching her children to live a fulfilled life resuscitated her fading dream of being an author. The urge to write became so great that she pursued her dream and the ‘Children of Swan’ trilogy is the upshot — a symbol of a new journey in life.
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