Tell us a bit about your family.
Coral Russell lives in the southwest with her hubby, baby Godzilla-sized kid and an adorable dog with which she shares a one-way, thermal dynamic relationship.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
You just do it. I’ve never been more scared then the first time I was going to teach an English class to middle Korean students in Korea. I was so scared I could barely put one foot in front of the other and I considered just turning around and forgetting about it. I’m glad I didn’t because I had the best time teaching English there and also getting my Masters and teaching English to students who speak other languages here in the states as well. I have doubted myself, but then you just have to ask yourself, “Are you happy with it?” If you can answer yes, then do it and move on.
What scares you the most?
I’ve had one full-blown panic attack and that was because my daughter was sick from in the womb with a kidney problem and after the news had sunk in a had that attack because I knew there was nothing I could do about it but pray. She grew out of it and is just fine and taller than her parents now!
What makes you happiest?
Knowing that I’ve crammed as much into this life as I possibly could with what I have.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Perseverance, if your character doesn’t have the strength to do that, how will she keep crawling over all those road blocks you set in their way.
What’s your weakest character trait?
Usually one of the seven deadly sins works really well.
Why do you write?
Because I have something to say and I’m not afraid to say it or to fail at saying it.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
No, I just realized that others thought I was good at it and accepted their opinion. Even in school, they thought I was good at it and even gave me good grades. Non-fiction, academic writing I could do but when it came to fiction it was like learning to ride a bike all over again. It always helps to have others believe in you when you don’t.
What motivates you to write?
Trying out new things. I am not re-inventing the wheel and I may not even be that original but I have themes I want to explore and writing lets me do that.
What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like)
Peace on the Peninsula – I won the McCaleb Peace Initiative to study North and South Korea. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Dr. Cliff Toliver and one of my best friends Bruno Park (plus my family let me go to Korea for two weeks).
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Having a family that is supportive of each other. I truly couldn’t live without them.
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Genre - Thriller
Rating – PG13