Please say hello to Courtney Corcoran, another new author with Rebel Ink Press. Cate In Flux is her premiere novel and was released on December 10.
Courtney – the floor is yours…
- Tell us about yourself.
I am a high school English teacher, and recently had my students fill out a survey regarding my teaching style. Some of the descriptions included the following: quirky; awkward sometimes, but in an awesome way; so passionate about poetry that you almost made me like it; enthusiastic about literature; funny; a little too invested in grammatical correctness; made me laugh every day; sometimes gets off topic. I’d say that about sums me up. I also am the mother of three amazing people. I hit the kid jackpot. My daughter is 14 and my twin boys are 11. Not only do they provide excellent material for my writing, but they are likeable, capable kids growing up too fast.
- Tell us about the book that’s just come out.
Cate in Flux is the story of a mixed-up girl who is smart, but makes terrible choices that get her into trouble, particularly with men. This book is the first in a series about Cate, who I hope will eventually find her footing in life. She has a very close-knit group of eccentric friends, some living double lives. I’d describe it as sort of a dark-humored romance, if there is such a thing. Early reviews are positive, and I’m working on book 2 right now.
- What started you on your love of writing?
I have always loved writing. It’s been a great escape for me. However, I never fancied myself any good at fiction until the last few years when I worked up the courage to try it out. Now, I see it’s a great way for me to work through issues without actually harming anyone in real life. It’s also amazing to see what my characters do and where they end up.
- Do you write in more than one genre – tell us a little about each one and the books you’re working on in each.
I am also working on a Young Adult book starring the fabulous Vanessa McDiamond. I adore YA fiction, and love teaching high school so I have the excuse to read it all the time.
- Have you attended any writing conference or classes. Tell us about some that and some that have been especially helpful.
I haven’t but I plan to.
- Are you a member of any writing groups?
I did participate in the Summer Camp NaNoWriMo group, and hope to do so again this year.
- How attached do you get to your characters? Do you know what happens after the book ends?
They become my family – and I do know what happens. But you’ll have to bribe me pretty well if you want me to tell. I also think this is why I’m enjoying writing a series. I get to think about what happens, and they don’t have to go away just yet.
- Describe your ‘perfect’ writing day.
A perfect writing day is one in which the words flow and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish, regardless of the total word count. On a perfect day, my characters behave themselves and do not get arrested or killed. On a perfect day, there are no interruptions to my train of thought, and my coffee is just the right mix of coffee/cream/sugar to taste like the nectar of the gods.
- Could you tell us the one question you wish people would ask about your writing and don’t forget the answer.
How do I come up with my characters? Well, if you’re my friend, you’re fair material. If you’re my enemy, even moreso. If you do something awesome, it’s likely to end up in a book somehow. If you do something ridiculously funny, same. But I’ll fictionalize you enough that no one knows it’s you…
Courtney Corcoran is a high school English teacher and author. Her first novel, Cate in Flux, was released on December 10. Paperback and digital versions of the book are available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Createspace.com. You can follow her on Twitter @courtjcorcoran and on Facebook at facebook.com/courtjcorcoran. Read more of Courtney’s work at www.courtneycorcoran.com.