INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Corey Guerra
Where are you from?
I was born in Milford Massachusetts, but I now reside in Whitinsville Mass, a small former mill town north of Rhode Island.
How long have you been writing?
I started really writing as young as high school, dabing in small stories here and there. I began the foundation for my first book back in 2001 and have been writing ever since!
What’s your genre of choice for writing?
For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of medevil fantasy. Story lines filled with mythical worlds, magical creatures, and daring, epic fights thrill me. Being able to create an entire world, its history, and the people that inhabit it is what drives me to write. I love the fact that this genre allows no limits to my imagination.
What’s your genre of choice for reading?
Of course I enjoy reading fantasy books of all kinds. As a kid I would dive into Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance stories, and The Hobbit and Tolkein came next. Lately I have taken a break from the epic fantasy books such as Game of Thrones or The Wheel of Time due to my schedule. I also enjoy a good detective mystery every once in a while.
Tell us all about you and your writing!!
I have always had a wide imagination. As a child playing with Matchbox cars or Legos, it was never just about what I built or the cars I had, but the story and background behind it. I’ve always enjoyed a good story and I enjoyed creating them even more. I knew early on that I wanted and could write a story on my own. I originally set out to write my first book, The Dragon’s Eye as a stand alone book. The plan was to write a small story and then look into a larger story. That plan never happened and is largely the reason it took me such a long time to finish the book. As I wrote, the world and characters grew until one story couldn’t contain them. I want my characters to be memorable but not overpowering. They have to be real people even if this was a fantasy setting. I also wanted different characters that people would enjoy. I may have a main character, in this case Makayla, but some of the supporting characters around her, Kay and Corrin are some of the readers favorite characters. What took me so long to finish the book was the world I created. The land and its people, the history of the cities had to be in place before the story. I wanted my story to have a rich history before the first page. My story is also faster paced. I don’t let it get bogged down with characters or side plots that don’t have a connection to the main story. I want the reader to dive right in and not let go until the last page.
Any new releases that we should be watching for?
I am currently writing the sequel to The Dragon’s Eye with the hope that it will be finished early next year. This is a continuation of the story and its characters, and I’m planning on the story to be told in 4-5 books. In the meantime I am providing plot info, character development and bits of background info on my blog.
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