Corinne Morier is the author of The Red Sorcerer Trilogy; here is a link to her website:
Q: What made you want to be a writer?
A: I watched The Lord of the Rings movies in middle school and was fascinated by them. Soon after that, I decided to try writing my own fantasy story, and since the idea came to me in math class, I wrote it on the dividers in my binder so my teacher wouldn’t get suspicious. It was a rather terrible story about two best friends who discover an ancient race of Elves living in the forest behind their school, but then just as they are invited to join the Elves, one girl falls ill and is hospitalized and the other girl has to choose between her friend and following her destiny, but I was hooked and decided to become a storyteller. At first I wanted to make movies, but I later changed my mind and focused on novels, instead.
Q: Why did you choose fantasy writing?
A: Aside from Lord of the Rings influencing me to start writing, it just kind of made sense. I was always a rather naïve sort of person growing up and I didn’t know much about the world or how it worked, so it just made more sense to write fantasy, where I could create a world all my own and write my own rules. In a way, it’s more of a challenge than writing a story set in our reality, but it’s more fun. I did try writing general fiction once, about a woman who suffers a miscarriage and finds an abandoned baby, but I lost interest in it fairly quickly and never finished it, whereas any fantasy novel I’ve set out to write I have seen to completion.
Q: Do you think writers are generally bored by science?
A: Bored by science? No. The science-fiction genre has never been stronger, I think, than what it is today. Of course, each author will have his or her own thoughts about this. I don’t think I’ll ever end up writing science fiction, but biology was one of my favorite subjects when I was in school, so science as a subject isn’t actually boring.
Q: What is The Red Sorcerer Trilogy about?
A: It’s about Leyndray, a girl born under a fateful prophecy, who is thrust into a chain of events due to circumstances of her birth. But more than that, it’s about the human heart, as all my stories are, about how love can turn to rage and doubt can cast fear on a judgment we believe to be the right one. Most of all, the eternal question that we ask ourselves even today: Is there such a thing as fate, and can we choose a different path than the one that has been laid down for us?
Q: What makes Leyndray a character worth reading about?
A: Leyndray is a girl thrust into an unfortunate situation just trying to regain a sense of reality. I’m sure that everyone has experienced that at some point in their lives, and I think that’s what makes her relatable.
Q: What life experiences do you draw from when you write?
A: That’s an interesting question, and it’s hard to pin down a specific answer. For example, The Crown and the Mage was written during my high school days, and back then, I was struggling a bit with depression and anxiety, so it reads rather dark. Now I’m writing the sequel and it actually feels more lighthearted and fun. I don’t think I draw from specific experiences, but when I write fantasy novels, I like to find pictures of faraway places to inspire settings in my story, and sometimes, I’ll choose a song that I think fits a specific character or scene and listen to it while I write.
Q: What kind of day job do you have?
A: Right now, I work part time as a freelance translator, and I also have a day job working with youth. Aside from writing, I also want to be a teacher, so it’s a great learning experience, and my students are the best.
Q: Would you prefer your current job or work as a full time writer?
A: Hmm, that’s hard to say. My current job is really great, and I don’t think I can choose either full-time work as a writer or my day job. Can I have my cake and eat it, too?
Q: Who are some of your writing influences?
A: I would say that my favorite authors – Paolini, Tolkien, Nix, Rowling, Patterson, and Laura Joh Rowland – have influenced me quite a bit. But it’s hard to pin down a specific influence because I read a lot in several different genres – fantasy, nonfiction, general fiction, and mysteries. I’m also a big fan of graphic novels, specifically manga, and sometimes have been told that my stories read like a graphic novel, which of course, requires a rewrite.
Q: What would you most like to change about the publishing industry?
A: How hard it is to break into it, and how writers with great talent and promise always have doors closed in their faces. For example, a friend of mine who writes romance novels couldn’t find an agent or publisher to work with, so she decided to self-publish them. They sold so well that now she makes a six-figure salary on her books, without the help of an agent or publicist, and gets regular fan mail from her readers. She even makes more than her husband, who is an engineer and designs bridges around the world. I can only imagine what all those agents that told her “no” are thinking now, wishing they’d gotten in on those profits.
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