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Born and raised in East Texas. Born with kidney failure and living off of dialysis treatments left me lots of time to be creative. Few hundred poems, few dozen short stories, a few novels, and 33 years later I still live in East Texas writing for the love of writing.
I am releasing book 6 of my series but if I told you about that book…spooooilers. So, the series in general is about a guy, Gabriel, who solves murders with the help of the victims. He struggles balancing life with work and then a serial killer strikes and he realizes what’s important. The series takes off from there!
Who are you and what do you write?
My name is Gregory Coley and I write a bit of everything, honestly. Poems, short stories, and novels. As for genre…same thing, lol. I’ve written all kinds, but my favorite is Fantasy/Scifi.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
Oh wow…history, eh? I have been writing in some form since I was fourteen! I was born with kidney failure and have battled medical issues my whole life. I never felt different until I hit high school. Being in a wheelchair I didn’t go out, or get invited places. I found my niche by writing lyrics for my friend’s bands. That evolved into poetry. I wrote poetry until I was 19 or 20…and still do at times! In college I began toying with short stories and then after college into my first novel.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
As I said, I began writing lyrics for local bands and poetry around the age of fourteen. It wasn’t until college I tried some short stories but didn’t really commit myself to prose. Then one day after college I told my dad about a dream I had about a detective who solves murders with the help of the victims. My dad told me if I didn’t write it then he would find somebody who would, lol. That turned into book 1 of my 7 book series. Book 6 of which is about to drop through self-publishing.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The toughest part has been learning that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I released the first 5 books of my series way too soon and ended up having to take them off the market to overhaul them and find a cheaper publisher. I’ve learned it’s better to take it slow and get it write. (ha, see what I did there?) The most enjoyable is by far holding my finished book in my hand. There’s absolutely nothing like that feeling of accomplishment!
Would you go back and change anything?
I would go back and focus more on networking before releasing my first book. As for the writing? No. My mistakes helped me improve and that made them worth it.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
I would love to be a New York Times bestselling author and make a good living from writing, what author wouldn’t? Being more reasonable… I would like a following. I want to know that there are people out there looking forward to my next book and that consider my book one of their favorites.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Ground your expectations in reality. No writer is successful out of the gate. Even some of the most successful writers of all time got hundreds of rejections. Don’t get discouraged. Write for the love of writing and stick with it. You’ll find your audience eventually.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Gonna get grief for this…but MAYO! You can have a burger without ketchup but you can’t have a sandwich without mayo!
Night or Day? - I have been a night owl for as long as I can’t recall
Inside or Outside? - I’m Texan and summers hit 110 here. Staying inside ALL THE WAY! Lol
Dogs or Cats? - This is tough but…BOTH! I’ve always been partial to dogs but I have a kitten now that is my copilot attacking my screen as I write. So yeah, both.
Twitter or Facebook? - Twitter. I feel I can reach more people, and meet more people. I reserve Facebook for people I grew up with.
ebook or Paperback? - Paperback. No question. Despite what people say, paperbacks have a soul. A smell. A substance. I know eBook has a place and I release my books in that medium, but it just isn’t for me.
Sun or Rain? - Rain. It’s relaxing and makes the best writing weather!
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard. I love the feel of laptop keys. The clicking. So much so I have a mechanical keyboard, lol.
Comedy or Drama? - They both have their appeal, but I prefer Comedy. Nothing like a good laugh the improve you day.
Chips or Chocolate? - Chips! Specifically anything flaming hot or spicy!
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