I’m here today with an interview with debut author Corey M.P. If her cover doesn’t stop you in your tracks, her blurb will:
Sonja Fines is a thirty-year-old, uptight, sleep deprived, workaholic from Manhattan who hasn’t taken a day off in years. On a Friday before a Fourth of July weekend, she hops in a cab, late for an important presentation, but ends up in a coffee shop…in Montreal. Shocked by her sudden escape, she meets laid-back Chad Miller. They spend the next three days together, and quickly fall for each other. Sonja has never been happier. But when Chad suddenly reveals something from his past, Sonja flees in a hurry—and her life turns upside down. Overwhelmed with emotions, she embarks on a roller coaster of spontaneous decisions that change her life dramatically.
I’ve already read the first chapter and it is a very well written book with a great promise of escape. I can’t wait to release my next book so that I can really dive in. Corey was so kind to answer a few questions and please follow her on her blog tour if you want to learn more.
1. What is HIGH? As the author, what do you say it is about?
HIGH is a contemporary novel. It’s about Sonja Fines, a thirty-year-old, uptight, sleep deprived, workaholic from Manhattan who hasn’t taken a day off in years. On a Friday before a Fourth of July weekend, she hops in a cab, late for an important presentation, but ends up in a coffee shop…in Montreal.
2) How did the idea for this story come about?
It happened years ago. I was a fulltime graphic designer at the time, and I was in the middle of yet another hectic week of no breaks and long hours. One day, I managed to step outside for a quick coffee break. It was then I realized I was burnt out, and at that moment, I had the urge to escape. But I didn’t. Instead, I was inspired by that feeling to write HIGH.
3) Writing music? What is coming through your speakers when you’re writing?
It always varies. It depends on my mood.
4) If your book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
High by James Blunt. It’s actually in the book. ☺
5) For you, what is the most problematic portion of writing a novel? Plot lines? Character depth?
Editing is what I find the most challenging. Just when you think you’re done writing—you end up finding a sentence, or a paragraph that needs rewriting. It’s a long, grueling process, but a truly rewarding one.
6) When writing, are you ever stumped? How do you get over it?
Luckily, I haven’t had that problem yet.
7) Do you have a character that is most like you? If so, why and how?
Hmmm, this is a good question. I think a lot of writers have a little bit of them in their characters. I’d have to say the character that is most like me would be my protagonist, Sonja Fines. For starters, I based the story of HIGH on a feeling I had during one stressful day. It was the feeling of wanting to flee and escape the norm, which is a feeling she shares with me in the story. But that’s about the only thing her and I have in common, because unlike me, Sonja does flee.
8) Are there any characters that were difficult to write? If so, why?
Fortunately, I had no difficulty writing my characters. They just all came alive as soon as I started writing.
9) What are you working on now? What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
I’m editing my second novel, Hearts and Errors. It’s scheduled to release this June. You can also expect more novels from me in the near future. Also, I recently created Sammy’s Books, which is a collection of beginner books for children under the age of five.
10) Do you have a support system when it comes to writing? What was the reaction from those close to you about your novels?
Thankfully, I do have a support system when it comes to my writing. My dearest older sister and my mom have been so supportive. They read HIGH when it was only a few chapters long, and they encouraged me to finish it because they always believed it was a good story. After I completed the book, they read it immediately and gave me their feedback. They said it was a great story and that I should publish it…so I did. Aside from them, my husband and my dad have also been extremely supportive. And now that my book is out there, I am receiving wonderful feedback from family and friends. It makes it all worth it.
11) You’re about to write. Do you have a ritual?
No real ritual. As long as the ideas are flowing and I have either my computer, or a notebook and pen, then I’m good to go.
12) What are you currently reading?
I haven’t had a chance to read anything lately. But I do have a number of newly purchased books that are waiting for me. Hopefully I can get to them after my HIGH Blog Tour.
13) Do you plan on writing a sequel to High?
It has crossed my mind, but I’m not sure yet if I will or not. Let’s see what the readers say. If they want more of Sonja and Chad—I have no problem giving them more.
14) What do you want fans to know about High?
HIGH is about facing your fears, embracing new things, meeting new people, really tasting the coffee, forgetting the past, exploring life, and learning how to live and love all over again.
Thank you so much, Lauren, for this wonderful interview.
Thank you, Corey! And best of luck on the rest of your tour!