**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Lori Corsentino
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I make my living as a Technical Writer, which is quite different from writing novels! Technical writing is pretty boring, and full of detailed information. I tell you many, many things. Writing a novel is on the other end of the spectrum. I’ve had to unlearn so many things I’ve learned over the 15 years I’ve been writing technical material. Showing vs. telling is the biggest one.
I love to garden. There’s nothing like working with your hands in fresh dirt. I love the smell of it. I also love the flowers and vegetable plants that become the fruit of my labors.
Another passion of mine is photography. I happen to think digital photography is on of the greatest inventions of all time! I’ve taken over 20,000 photos in the last 5 years. Most are crap, but every now a shot will crop up that’s quite magical. That’s when I feel a bit like an artist!
A third hobby is making jewelry from raw materials. It’s taking creativity to a whole new level. The possibilities are endless. You’re only limited to the supplies you have on hand.
Graphic art is a recent interest has been growing for some time. I think I’ve decided that maybe I want to be a Graphic Artist if I grow up!
1. How did you get started writing?
My first story was written when I was about 5 or 6. It was about a pink catfish in our aquarium. He was so busy keeping things clean! I was quite fascinated by him, and decided to write his story.
I let writing go by the wayside for a while, but I’ve always journaled, written my own form of poetry, and dabbled here and there. I finally got serious after reading a book by a favorite author that just didn’t live up to its potential. I remember putting it away and saying, “I can do better than that!” That was in 2002. I got serious for about a year, and wrote some interesting stuff that I may have to take out and dust off sometime. I again let it go for a bit but then got very serious in 2007. My second completed book, a novella, was published in November, 2011.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in 4 different genres – Paranormal, Historical, Romantic Suspense and Contemporary. I guess I pen tales from so many because I LOVE to read the stories from all those genres. I notice that my stories do cross-pollinate a bit too. For example my current release, Destiny’s Awakening is a Paranormal. It also has a touch of Romantic Suspense and some Historical aspects. It’s fun to mix things up!
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Characterization. I LOVE to figure out my characters and what makes them tick. I also love closing the file that one, last time after all your edits are done. It’s the equivalent, I think, of dusting your hands off after a job well done.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Making word count! I can’t believe how freaked I get about how figuring out many words I’ve written! I think it has something to do with target word counts, deadlines, and commitments. When I finally settle down and just write, I start liking the writing process much better.
Unfortunately, I’m a real perfectionist, so inevitably I start to obsess again about how many words I’ve written and how close I am to my target. One day I hope to just write the story and enjoy the flow of words without getting so caught up in how many words are included. : )
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere – and from everyone! The world and the people that live here are quite fascinating. I absorb stories and personalities and mash them together to make my own stories. That’s what I really love about writing – the creativity and taking things where you want them to go. It’s intoxicating!
6. What is your typical day like?
My writing day usually began at the end of my work day. Other times, it was whenever my muse started to whisper in my ear. I’ve been known to stop whatever I was doing to jot down a few notes, or if I was able, sit down at my trusty computer and bang out a couple pages of content. You gotta get busy and write when your muse starts whispering in your ear!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Both conflict and emotions, I think. They’re both so intense that sometimes you can get lost and go off on a tangent. You have to really concentrate and make sure you keep your reader with you when you do wander off into the weeds!
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is the first of the Tales of the Fey series, Destiny’s Awakening. Alexander and Evie’s story will be available in both print and eBook on June 28, 2012. I’m currently working on a sequel, which will feature Alexander’s sister Annora and her hero, Sebastian. I’m figuring a late 2012 or early 2013 release for the second title.
Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
Visit me at my website at www.loricorsentino.com, follow me on Twitter @LoriCorsentino, and friend me on Facebook.com/LoriCorsentino. I also blog weekly with a Manic Monday, Wicked Writer Wednesday, or Favorite Friday entry.
My latest book, Destiny’s Awakening, will be available June 28th in both eBook and print at Amazon (www.amazon.com), Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com) and at Smashwords (www.smashwords.com). You can also purchase directly from the publisher at www.5princebooks.com.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Lori and her new release, Destiny’s Awakening on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!