STORM authors – Charmain Lines

I asked my fellow writers a few questions so you could get to know them before STORM comes out.

First up is Charmain Lines. I’ve actually not seen her in a while because she was doing research in the UK for a book that took far more time than she had initially planned for, but she was one of the first two to sit down for the interview!


Charmain Lines

Tell me about your journey as a writer.

I write for a living – articles, newsletters, employee magazines and the occasional coffee table book for corporate clients. In 2010, I attended a workshop on dream mapping and goal setting and walked away from it with the wildly improbable goal (WIG) of living abroad, writing and researching a novel. With my mind and heart opened to the notion of fiction writing, I enrolled for an online writing course (where I met Lizette) and started writing my first novel, Unfinished Business, that I self-published in 2013.
How did you decide on the name for your story in STORM?

I’m still not 100% of my story’s title, but because it has a fairy tale quality about it “Once upon a time” seemed appropriate.
What was your favourite part of the writing process for your STORM story?

Experiencing its unfolding. I learn every day that fiction writing is an almost magical process of the story taking over when the writer gets out of the way.
What was the most difficult part of the writing process for your STORM story?

I was incredibly busy with work writing at the time I was doing my story, hence it was difficult to find the time to get my mind back into my story.
What other projects are you working on?

The first draft of my second novel is a few thousand words away from being completed and I’m busy writing a book for a community in Ireland who’ve succeeded in saving a local wetland (bog) from being destroyed. It is a fascinating story of a town standing together, even invoking EU legislation to force the Irish government to do the right thing, and now finding the best way to preserve a unique habitat.

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Just a quick update

I just sent in my first submission for my self-help book. Hovering the cursor over the “Send” button was one of the scariest things I’ve done in the past few years. Hitting “Send” is the first step in the journey that really means I’m living my dream. There’s no turning back now. I’m actually trying. I’m not making excuses because I’m afraid anymore.

To everybody who ever told me (or anyone else) that following your dream is silly: I challenge you to do what makes you happy, to walk the path less travelled, to truly live!

Each and every one of us have the potential to do something that will be remembered, to do the thing that makes us truly happy, to succeed where others have failed. And I’ll never find true contentment until I try.

A new chapter

You can’t make a living as a story writer. That’s what I’ve been told for as long as I expressed the desire to be one. Now, don’t get me wrong. The people who say that are right in most cases. And, who knows, maybe they’re right in my case as well. But I have to try.

If my blood sings when I read a book, watch a story or admire a painting, it roars when I create. Whether it is while sketching a character that has been pushing up in my mind, or obsessively forming the elegant curves of my handwriting, or tapping away at the keys on my keyboard, it makes me feel alive.

I’m sure you can see now why I have to try. Why it is absolutely imperative that I take a chance…on me. I have been offered this opportunity by, what I fondly think of as, the most accepting and loving life partner in existence. And I am taking it. He has shown me a world where I can.

So, here we go. Wish me luck and keep reading. 😀