I had the idea for Colour Me Coral as far back as in 2016. I had this story in my head about a young Nigerian woman who wanted to make a change in her life but was aware that she might face resistance from those close to her. I couldn’t get the idea past the first chapter, so I kept it aside.
I revisited it in 2017 and came up with a detailed story map and first draft, but I kept putting it aside to focus on other things.
I had planned to publish it in 2019 but life got in the way. I did succeed in adding a lot more flesh to the story: making Coral a more interesting character and adding more issues to make her life more complicated.
I drew from different personal experiences (as usual!) to add life to the story: dating, living in the UK as an international student and worker, being a job seeker, dealing with challenges within one’s family, and more.
I read the story again this year and spotted some plot holes which I did my best to resolve and I also took out parts that I felt were unnecessary.
I keep the hardcopies the drafts of my books (and even short stories) in a folder. Looking at them makes me happy and makes me marvel at the sheer volume of thoughts swirling around in my head.
Here’s to more drafts and embracing one’s creativity.
Ivie M. Eke 2020.
Colour Me Coral is available on Okada Books and Amazon.