Graduate Student Kelly Coughlin Publishes First Fiction Novel

February 18, 2014


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Kelly Coughlin, a graduate Communication student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi who recently published her first fictional novel, shared the secrets of her success during the Department of Communication & Media Book Series held February 12.

After facing 51 rejection letters, Coughlin took matters into her own hands to make her first fictional novel, “Chasing Atlantis,” a reality. Choosing to represent herself, she took her novel to an independent publishing house in order to make her dream of becoming a writer come true. Guided by her publishing house, Coughlin was in charge of many of the publishing aspects. From chapter content to approving a cover design, she looks back on the process as a great learning opportunity.

“I am often asked why I did this and how did I find the time?” said Coughlin. “The answer is that I just love to write.”

During the writing and publishing process, Coughlin also worked as a full-time Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Public Speaking classes at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Coughlin, who has always had a love for storytelling, says that inspiration can come from many things. The main inspiration for her first novel was the ocean.

“We often think of space as the last frontier, but we haven’t even explored all the depths of the ocean,” said Coughlin. “There are so many things that we haven’t seen. I think it would be cool to ask what kind of characters could come from the depths.”

“Chasing Atlantis” is a romance story that takes place in Vero Beach, Fla., and revolves around the main character Amy Jane. The story follows Amy Jane during her summer vacation where she meets a strange mystery boy and uncovers a shocking truth about her family. This young adult novel entices readers with adventure, mystery, deception, and an intense romance.

The book, published by Outskirts Press, Inc., is available on and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. For more information, go to