Name: Callie Browning
Nationality: Barbadian (fuh real)
Likes: Coconut, fun people and Harry Potter
Favourite books: Harry Potter series, Little house on the prairie series, Anne of Green Gables, Silken Threads
Favourite authors: J K Rowling, Stephen King, Dr. Seuss and a couple of others.
Recent (and only work): The Shadow Guardian
What inspires you to write?
Everything! I’m amazed at how many things around me inspire me to rethink situations and people’s motivations. All fiction has to be steeped in reality but character driven to really make it sizzle so I work really hard on understanding people.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s a little hay wire. I’m ashamed to admit that I just write and let the story happen sometimes. With The Shadow Guardian: Lost Dreams there were hours on end when the story just flowed out of my fingers. I love how absorbed I become by writing. I especially like writing short stories because of how tightly woven everything has to be.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh gosh yes! I have a friend who told me once that they didn’t like one section of the book and made recommendations for how the character should resolve the issue. I said, “She wouldn’t do that because she’s really insecure; honestly if she doesn’t do it that way, she wouldn’t talk to him about it at all.”
There was this really awkward silence and then my friend said, “you can HEAR them?!”
I watch my characters like they’re on a TV screen. I can see them in my mind’s eye saying and doing things as the story progresses. I’ve done other types of writing such as copywriting and literally, there are days when I just hear ads in my head and have to rush to write them down.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s hard but don’t give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Someone made me! I don’t think I had given much though to it, but a friend told me I should. I got an email from a reader a few months later saying that the book helped them through a tough time in their life and I was truly touched. Even if that’s all I ever get out of it, I felt really good knowing that someone was able to take away something positive and inspiring from my book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that shorter books will be en vogue soon. Also, I think book series are here to stay.
What genres do you write?
fiction, paranormal, humourous
What formats are your books in?