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I’m a radio announcer by trade – disc jockey, really. But don’t tell my fellow announcers that I said that. These days we call ourselves everything from a personality to the talent to a jock. Either way, it’s so much more than listening to songs and going to concerts. And though I’ve primarily been on-air I have also worked as a radio station programmer, music director as well as working in the production department making commercials. I think I enjoy that most as it usually involves writing. Through the years I’ve sort of taken the reigns, teaching salespeople how to properly write copy for the ear and have written hundreds or radio ads. I love the creative process and the writing part just seemed to come easy. I’m also a wife, mom and even a grandmother. My grandson just turned three and he’s my heart.
What was your first book?
I actually had a winning entry that made it into a compilation book – Memories of Mother. I was thrilled to see my short story make into print. From there I was inspired to keep going and started other projects, but Heart-Shaped Stone is my first full length completed novel.
Describe your first break.
This might be it, haha. Oh, still humbly waiting for that. Meanwhile, just glad for the response I’ve had to my writing.
What is your favorite genre to read? To write?
I do love a good love story, but I’d say a mixed genre, such as Romance Suspense, would be right there at the top of the list. I’d say the same about writing. I think you’re attracted to that thing you love the most.
Are Happy Endings are must in your stories?
No, that sounds terribly boring. I think an intriguing ending is a must.
What makes a protagonist interesting?
Her (barely there) flaws. I don’t go for the fluffy talk, the ravishingly beautiful by day, drop dead sexy by night, nearly perfect in every way kind of persona. I prefer real. I think women can relate to a woman who does not easily see her flaws, she knows they’re there, but it’s pretty obvious to everyone else. We girls love to rescue men, but I think we also tend to try to rescue each other – from ourselves. I made sure my protagonist was that kind of friend.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
The alone time, when you’re sitting there in your perfect setting and “communing” with your story and you just feel it clicking.
What is the worst thing?
Introducing your work to the world – both on a promotional level and on a fear of rejection level. There’s something to be said about how safe and secure your work feels tucked away somewhere in your computer.
Pantser or plotter?
Apparently it’s panster! The only thing I “plotted” was that it was going to be a love story. Although I had a general idea about that, the writing process for Heart-Shaped Stone really showed me that it’s okay to just let it happen. I will always write like that in the future.
What do you see the direction of your future writing taking? What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.
There is a follow up in the works to this book. There has to be, read it and you will see!
Just for fun
Cat or dog person?
Both. Although if I was single I’d very easily find myself living in a small apartment with three cats, no doubt.
The right answer (for me) is The Bible. As for novel, I would have to say Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. The book is a living, breathing, delicious adventure.
I still cannot help but watch it every time it comes on TV, it’s mesmerizing - Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Would you rather be the princess or the villain? Why?
Princess, but one that lives in that house over by the river
Who has more fun, orcs or hobbits?
Caila, like most dreamers, just wants to be wanted. Unlike most dreamers, she's wanted by the CIA. When the last decade of thirty-two year old Caila Domenici’s life disappears, destroyed in a car accident, she is forced to begin again. Defying doctor’s orders to slow-go-it, she sets out to navigate the world on her own. It's not going well. Coddled from birth, everything from a bus schedule to how to boil water confounds her. Worse yet, she's about to accept her meddling mother's offer to pay for food and rent. With just a hunch her talents extend beyond that of daughter of privilege, Caila searches for her past. Before she can find it, it finds her. And the handsome azure-eyed stranger who’s saying he knows her is somehow part of it. Caila always believed there had to be more, but now, on the verge of discovering the truth, she must decide which is worse – never knowing who she really is, or knowing too much.
Reese was being too nice. Something was up - their deep conversation the night before, the bubble bath, the tea, turning down her bed and now breakfast? Caila wasn’t suspicious by nature, and in most cases trusted more than she should, but where Reese was concerned she dropped all pretenses and questioned his every move. He was much too calculating to not see opportunity in everything he did. Caila recognized that in him right away. Her mind was now churning with theories. Why, if he was up to something, would he be so blatant with this sudden kindness? Did he think she would not notice?
Then she imagined the most unexpected thing.
Maybe he wasn’t up to anything at all. Maybe this was another side to the man she detested right from the start. The invader, the man who came to make her life a living hell and push aside her father may not, after all, be the man she believed him to be. But even that theory was short lived. No, she thought, he has a motive.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Arby Corry has spent the last twenty-five years in the radio business. Performing every job from radio announcer, to program director, to commercial producer to copy writer, Arby gives voice to characters found just on the other end of the request line. Her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Stone, has received critical acclaim as well as delighting readers with its fresh approach. Arby believes in real characters, with real voices. And while a happy ending is always satisfying, she believes life has other plans. When not on the air or writing her follow-up to Heart-Shaped Stone, Arby enjoys spending time with her husband, children and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Arby-Corry/e/B00MS6BC4W
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Shaped-Stone-Arby-Corry/dp/1499798407/ref=la_B00MS6BC4W_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420998276&sr=1-1
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