Today I’m interviewing Corinne Morier, a fellow fantasy writer and lover of memes, for the Blog World Tour: Fantasy Edition. Welcome to my blog, Corinne! (I’m resisting the urge to fill this post with memes in your honor. Readers, be thankful; unlike Corinne I am no queen of memes!)
I’m going to dive right in with a tough question to start: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t give a single eff about what other people think of you, because their opinions don’t matter. Keep dreaming your dreams because they’ll come true. And stop being friends with Mikayla right now because she doesn’t deserve you as a friend and you’ll regret being friends with her in the first place. Go be friends with Megan and Lizzie instead.
That’s good advice–I wish we could go back and knock some sense into our younger selves! I’m glad your dreams are coming true. Never stop dreaming!
My next question is more writing-related. A lot of writers do research, whether they’re writing nonfiction or fantasy. How much research do you do for your writing?
Not very much, because after all, part of fantasy is that you’re supposed to create a world all your own, so there’s not really a need to do much research. But of course, I research things like fantasy tropes – for example, has the story idea I want to write already been done before? Or, when I started writing my fantasy trilogy, I looked up different species of fantastical creatures and put my own spin on them. And right now I’m working on a fairy tale retelling, so I’m going and reading different versions of it to see how it’s been adapted over the years.
Ha! Exactly what I say when people ask me if I do a lot of research (for my fantasy, anyway. Science fiction takes research. At least, my novels do.) It sounds like you’ve got a lot of writing projects you’re working on. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
It’s always been my dream to publish a novel and to see it on the shelf at a bookstore or a library, so I’d like to finish my novel and publish it. Other than that, I just want to keep writing stories that entertain my readers.
Both of those are great ambitions. I look forward to seeing your book published and on my shelf! My next question is…*dramatic pause*If you could meet any famous person, living or dead, who would you like to meet and why?
I actually have a Microsoft Word document on my computer of the people I’d like to meet. To name a few, Laura Joh Rowland, Peter Jackson, Chirstopher Paolini, and Laura Bailey. The first three I’d like to meet so I could ask them specific questions about their work. Laura I just want to meet for the sake of fangirlism. Also it would be kind of cool to be able to meet Robin Williams.
I wish I could meet Robin Williams, too. He was an incredible actor. *glances at clock* It’s almost time to wrap things up, so one quick, easy question to finish: How do you like to relax?
Through my writing. *smile* But I also swim on a Master’s team, and whenever I need to blow off some steam, I hit the pool. Swimming is just really therapeutic for me.
I love swimming as well! And I also relax with my writing at times. *clock chimes* That’s the bell! Thank you so much for being here today, Corinne!
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.”
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