Sal Gallaher - Interview (March 2020)
Why do you want to be a published author?
I have always loved story telling right back to when I was a child. I devoured all of Enid Blyton Famous Five stories and anything with horses in it as soon as I could lay my hands on them. My imagination would sometimes get me in trouble when telling my younger sister suspenseful scary stories making her run screaming for our mum and getting me into a bit of trouble. We still laugh about that today.
Over the years I have tried several times to finish a manuscript, both adult and children fiction, but life has always got in the way. With both my girls now adults I have more time to pursue this passion again.
I have written several short stories and have now also finally finished my first draft of a romance suspense novel (and currently going through several edits ). Last year I had a short story published in the FAW Anthology Webs of Life. I plan to expand on this story and make it a chapter children’s book.
I love the whole writing process, and the writing community continue to inspire me, including Creative Kids Tales. To one day get my work published and be successful enough to sustain myself by my writing would be the absolute icing on the cake.
How long have you been writing?
Forever. Essay writing and learning languages at school was always my favourite. Anything with words inspired me. As a teenager I had numerous pen-pals that I communicated with via letters. I loved writing about my life and learning about theirs. I dreamt of living somewhere warm in our cold Danish winters and yes here I am in sunny Australia. Dreams do come true.
Journalling has always been part of my life, and I have enjoyed communication in many roles, taking on the newsletters or providing feedback on sensitive emails.
During my girls' early childhood I did a Children’s online writing course producing the start of a story about a wombat. Maybe I will finish it for my grandkids.
How will you celebrate your first publication?
With lots of champagne and surrounded by family and friends. I have a bottle in the fridge waiting for just that. (Is there an time limit on champagne??)
How would you describe your writing style?
I am still new to this to really be able to describe it myself but I have been told I tell a story well with good pacing and write realistic dialogue. Plus I have a knack for writing tales with a twist. My daughter in San Fransisco has told me I have a definite Australian language which is interesting as I was brought up in Denmark for the first 20 years of my life.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
The CKT critique groups are really helpful. Sometimes you are too close to your own story to see the ‘issues’. Plus feedback from someone else may give you new inspiration or ideas even if you don’t agree with their critique.