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Blaine Coleman

Blaine Coleman

Richmond, Virginia, United States

Overview

I'm retired, majored in Religious Studies, minored in Creative Writing/Fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. Have self-published four anthologies of short stories & poetry, am working on my first novel

Work experience

Owner

Stratford Hills Antique Market

September, 1995 – June, 2006 (almost 11 years)

I opened an antique mall in an 1,800 sq. ft. storefront using most of my savings, (which honestly amounted to only about $12,000 at the time), successfully made it through the first year (a rarity for new businesses) while five competing businesses opened in the same year and all of those failed within two years. After two years, I expanded into the newly available store front of the same size on one side of my mall, then the 5,400 sq. ft. space on the opposite side that became available, and finally added one more 1,800 sq. ft. space. As I expanded, the landlord paid to have the new spaces connected into a single, large store space. At that point, my business was the largest by sq. ft. in the shopping center- and paid the most rent, as well. I always paid my employees significantly more than minimum wage and what other retailers paid because I truly believed that everyone deserves more than minimum wage, a policy that other business owners criticized me for doing, but I wouldn't have been successful without the people who worked for me. And, those competing businesses that didn't pay their employees as well as I paid mine all went out of business, which, I believe, vindicated my attitude towards running a business. After a serious health issue in May, 2006,, I sold the business the following month. I miss meeting all the great people, but I don't miss the stress at all.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Tunnels In The Briar Patch (The Adventures of Roland McCray Book 1)

Blaine Coleman

This book has been described as a cross between Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” and Ray Bradbury’s classic “Dandelion Wine”! These ten stories follow the life of a boy named Roland McCray growing up during the massive social changes of the 1960’s in a southern town that’s immersed in Civil War history. Roland learns that people aren’t always honest and that prejudice between races and religion... read more

This book has been described as a cross between Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” and Ray Bradbury’s classic “Dandelion Wine”! These ten stories follow the life of a boy named Roland McCray growing up during the massive social changes of the 1960’s in a southern town that’s immersed in Civil War history. Roland learns that people aren’t always honest and that prejudice between races and religion... read more

Finding Luck with Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray Book 2)

Blaine Coleman

These stories follow Roland McCray into those angst-ridden teen years. Roland, no longer a child but not yet an adult, learns the pain of loss and the indescribable joy of first love. He begins to understand the need of forgiveness and acceptance in the face of an often confusing world. Enticed by more temptations than ever, Roland still seeks that quiet morality of his grandfather, that faith... read more

These stories follow Roland McCray into those angst-ridden teen years. Roland, no longer a child but not yet an adult, learns the pain of loss and the indescribable joy of first love. He begins to understand the need of forgiveness and acceptance in the face of an often confusing world. Enticed by more temptations than ever, Roland still seeks that quiet morality of his grandfather, that faith... read more

Finding Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray Book 3)

Blaine Coleman

"Finding Roland McCray" contains both book 1 and book 2 of the "Adventures of Roland McCray" series and is a convenient way to have both books in one volume, but no additional material has been added. The stories in this series see every moment as its own adventure, rather than adventure stories in the non-stop, action-packed thriller sense. This book takes a slice-of-life look at Roland McCra... read more

"Finding Roland McCray" contains both book 1 and book 2 of the "Adventures of Roland McCray" series and is a convenient way to have both books in one volume, but no additional material has been added. The stories in this series see every moment as its own adventure, rather than adventure stories in the non-stop, action-packed thriller sense. This book takes a slice-of-life look at Roland McCra... read more

Falling Water: Stories & Poetry

Blaine Coleman

“Falling Water: Stories & Poetry” takes a incisive, penetrating look at life and that offers an insightful look at the realities we all face- the highs and the lows, hope, happiness, joy and the inevitable grief and suffering that must accompany the good. Most of the stories and poems in this were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I've been keeping for several years. The title story,... read more

“Falling Water: Stories & Poetry” takes a incisive, penetrating look at life and that offers an insightful look at the realities we all face- the highs and the lows, hope, happiness, joy and the inevitable grief and suffering that must accompany the good. Most of the stories and poems in this were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I've been keeping for several years. The title story,... read more

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