Welcome to November’s installment of Writer’s World, where I interview authors from around the blogosphere. Today we’re talking to Corinne Morier.
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 at http://corinnemorier.wordpress.com/.
Hi Corrine. Can’t wait to learn more about you. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course I do. It was when I was in middle school. I wrote a story about two girls who discover an ancient race of Tolkien-like Elves living in the woods behind their school. They were invited to join the Elves and become like them, but one of the girls wound up in the hospital and the other one had to decide whether to leave her friend forever and go with the Elves or remain in the human world. Now that a decade or so has passed since then, I can look back and laugh at what a terrible story it was. I can even remember the TV shows and movies that influenced me to write it that way.
It sounds like it has a lot of depth and conflict for a story you wrote in middle school. Do you work with an outline or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
It depends on the story. For a lot of my fantasy novels, I just “pants” the story – that is, write it without any sort of an outline. For a YA literary novel I wrote recently, I used an outline when I wrote it because I wanted a clear image of where it was going. It really just depends on the story. My current manuscript was completely pantsed until I reached maybe chapter thirteen. At that point, I wasn’t sure where I wanted the novel to go, so I plotted out the rest of it before continuing, but other manuscripts have been completely pantsed.
I’m a panster too! I love the spontaneity of it. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews are important because they give the reader an opportunity to tell the author and other readers what they thought of the story. For the most part, reviews should be for other readers and not for the author – after all, the author probably won’t change the story based on someone’s review of it, but as a reader, I sometimes look at the reviews on a book before deciding to buy it, especially on sites like Amazon, where you can see the reviews right there on the product page. I know that some authors don’t pay attention to reviews on their books, for the most part, and I agree. Staying ignorant of this helps us to stay sane. When I publish, I might peek at a few reviews early on in the process (for example, right after the book comes out) but for the most part, I don’t read reviews on my own books
Mean either, though I agree they are important for readers. What would you do if you could wield the magic you’ve written?
I wouldn’t “do” anything, per se. I’d just be my usual badass self, but with magical powers.
I might use them to make things easier on myself, like using magic to finish my chores or sending a package or a letter with my powers instead of through USPS, to save money, because I’m a cheapskate. *laugh*
Ha, I love it! Magic doesn’t always have to be grand, awe-inspiring stuff. I would mind a house-cleaning spell Give us an insight into your main character.
Ceruden is the Prince of the Elves and an orphan. He has never known his parents and has been raised by his foster father, Ellaren. At the beginning of the story, he sets out on his quest merely to find out his heritage, but his quest soon turns into one of greater stakes than ever before: if he does not succeed, the entire race of Elves will cease to exist.
Sounds like a classic epic fantasy! My favorite Which writers inspire you?
There’s quite a few of them; too many to list, probably. I was really inspired by Tolkien when I first started – I read Lord of the Rings and decided that I wanted to write a book, too, so he influenced a lot of my early writing. Christopher Paolini, as well, and J.K. Rowling. Garth Nix and Erin Hunter. And of course, I’m constantly influenced and inspired by my friends Elise, Kristen, Allie, and Krisna. (Follow the links to see their interviews) They’re my peeps.
Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us Corinne. Be sure to visit Corinne at the links below, and learn more about her and her fantasy series, the Red Sorcerer Trilogy.