This month I am talking to Corinne Morier, a fantasy writer who blogs over at The Pink Notebook. She is the author of The Red Sorcerer trilogy.
Hi, Corinne. Thank you for talking to me. I understand you are a bibliophile as well as a writer so let’s start there. Do you remember the first story you read and the impact it had on you?
The earliest one in my memory is Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield. I remember my mum reading this to me one time when we were on vacation and I had a toothache. The story is about a bunch of friends in ancient Rome who have to solve the mystery of who defaced the temple wall, and one of their friends has been accused of the crime. It didn’t have any specific impact on me, per se, because I’d always loved to read even before that. But I think it just cemented in me the idea that stories could be an escape from the world because when my mum read to me, I forgot about my tooth.
And do you prefer e-books or traditional hard copies?
Definitely hard copies of books. I do have a Kindle, and I do use it (and the Kindle app on my phone) occasionally, but if given the choice, I definitely would prefer to have a physical book in my hands as I read. There’s just something really magical about that that you can’t get with a Kindle – the smell of the pages, the feel of the paper in your hands… When you borrow a book from the library, or when you buy one secondhand, it’s not hard to see how much it’s been loved because of the cracks in its spine, the dog-eared pages, and sometimes even the passages that have been underlined or highlighted by the previous owner. That’s really comforting to me, and you can’t get that with an e-book.
I’m exactly the same. Hard copies have character and history which cannot be conveyed digitally. Now to your writing. How often do you write and do you have a special time during the day to write?
I write every day. This month I start a new job working at an elementary school, so I expect that I won’t have as much time to write as I usually do, but I find that I do my best writing at nighttime. When I have a day off, I’ll spend the morning chatting with my writing friends online and maybe editing things I’ve already written. Nighttime is for producing new material.
Is there anything particularly challenging you find in your writing, specifically with content?
Not particularly. Description – my first drafts tend to be very barebones, and I don’t particularly enjoy writing it, so I have to always force myself to go back and add it in later. I love writing love scenes, though, and just letting my characters enjoy a moment together before I rip them apart. *evil grin*
A fellow evil writer then. If your protagonist was transported to our world, what would he think?
I’m fairly certain that he would be baffled by all the strange technology we have. Probably he’d think that all of our modern technology is some form of magic he’s never seen before. He might even decide to learn this new magic himself, if I know him. Oh, and he’d also be royally pissed at me for what happened to his parents.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to me, Corinne. It has been a pleasure talking to you!
Corinne Morier is a bibliophile-turned-writer with a penchant for writing stories that make readers think. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, playing video games, and swimming. Her motto is “Haters gonna hate and potatoes gonna potate.” You can keep up with her latest by following her blog.