Today’s spotlight goes to another member of the Crazy Ink family. Please allow me to introduce you to Eve Corse, contemporary romance author.
Name: Eve Corso
Latest Release: Esteban & Marialena: a contemporary romance
Genre: contemporary romance
- Has writing always been a passion of yours?
Always. Reading has always been a passion of mine. My mom used to take me to the library I would be like a kid in a candy store. I looked around the bookshelves and I used to get so excited! I would check out my max limit, and read each book from cover to cover, and then over again. At about the age of eight, I wrote my first short story, and wouldn’t you know, it was a romance. A very childlike innocent romance, but a romance nonetheless.
- At what age did you begin to write seriously?
My first novel came at a time when I didn’t really believe I could do what I was doing. I had a short story that I showed around to a few people a year or so after I wrote it. And I was so shy about it. But each time someone read it, the feedback was the same. That it needed to be longer, because they fell in love with the characters! Finally, when the third person said that, I thought, okay, I could maybe try. And I was excited. But so scared. Why? Because I wasn’t a writer, I was the reader. LOL. So I turned my one short story into a novella, and wouldn’t you know? The feedback came back that it should be even longer, because the story and the characters were so great. I was so scared. I thought, I can’t write a book. I think I laughed, almost. I still wasn’t a writer. But then of course I tried, and wouldn’t you know, at that moment, I started to believe in myself when I actually starting seeing it all come together. That book is going to be released in 2020, I am very proud to say.
- What is your favorite genre to write and does that differ from the genre you like to read?
My work revolves around love, usually. It’s not always steamy romance, and my books have very little of that, though it is present. But the books I have the most of are literary fiction books and I also love classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, James Bond books, and The Lord of the Ring series. I dip into everything and one day I would like my writing to include other genres.
- Where does your inspiration to write come from?
From movies. I see my stories as films, and write them as if you were watching it happen. Growing up, I was either reading, watching movies or listening to music. Very little of anything else.
- How does the generation you belong to impact your writing style, or does it?
I think contemporary comes to mind here, but I have short stories that take place in the fifties that aren’t one thing or another. So while the novels I have so far are contemporary, I know I have other ideas on the back burner that won’t be that genre.
6.What does your writing schedule look like in a typical week?
All my free me-time is devoted to writing. I don’t watch as many films as I want, and I can’t read as much as I honestly need to, because I’m either spending time with loved ones and friends, working my regular job, or writing. I am currently trying to figure out how to balance everything better. My incredible and loving boyfriend works from home as a film composer, and it’s not rare for me to go to his place on my days off and write until it’s dinner time, and that’s when the writing stops for the both of us.
- Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Oh, a definite panster. I LOVE IT! I don’t write ideas down. I have very vague dialogue sometimes, and I go from there, seeing where it will take me.
- Can you name an event in your life that has made the biggest impact on where you are today?
I was young, maybe around ten or so, and my neighbor found books she thought I might want to have. She didn’t know it at the time, but the books were meant for slightly older kids. One of the books was The Pigman by Paul Zindel, and the other was Go Ask Alice by Anonymous. I devoured them, and my reading level was definitely there. I remember thinking, “woah, this is what a book could really be like???” It wasn’t long before I was reading “The Outsiders” and books by Stephen King and Danielle Steel. From that moment on, I knew books would be my best friends and that I could go on these incredible adventures I never knew I was capable of going on until then. I read other stuff, too. Anything I could get my hands on. I was also a big fan of the Sweet Valley High series.
I eventually went on to work in a bookstore and surrounded myself with people who loved books as much as I did!
- Do you think writers have better luck going the traditional or the self-publishing route?
Honestly, I think each are great and it just depends on the author, and what they’re looking for, want or may need.
- What are you working on right now?
The first novel I ever wrote, the one my friends said needed to be longer…haha it ended up being too long. So I chopped it in half and I am reworking the ending! It’s so much fun to revisit characters from years ago.
- What do you find are the most effective means of promotion?
I am still trying to figure that part out, honestly. I am new at this and I am still learning a lot.
- What advice do you have for someone just beginning his or her journey into writing?
There are times when you want to give up. Either it’s too hard, or it takes too much time, or you’ve fallen out of love with your WIP. My advice is just to keep going.
- What piece of fiction has made the biggest impact in your writing career and why?
I wouldn’t say that one did. They ALL did in some way shape or form. I fall in love with my books and I love the journeys they took me on. I take away something from each book I read.
- What final thoughts would you leave potential readers with?
Just that I hope my books can do that, take you somewhere and that you have fun while being on that journey.
- What is your favorite story you’ve written/read? Tell us about it.
Honestly, any WIP becomes my favorite up until the moment it’s done. And then I feel as it I’ll miss it, and the characters. But then the next WIP comes along, and I’m totally sucked in the same way.
- What three things must you have on hand to write?
Music, coffee or wine, and a computer/laptop.
- Where do you see yourself/your writing in 5 years?
In very much the same place I am now. Still writing, still finding passion in it, nothing more, nothing less.
- Everyone has a dream mate. What’s yours look like? Do you ever expect to find him/her?
My dream mate understand the writing process, the demands of writing, and the amount of time it takes. Plus, of course, being able to be comfortable in their presence and still being able to make it happen. Thankfully, I have found him. And he’s a writer, although in a different sense. Often times, we can work side by side and not get distracted by one another. I love it. Plus, he’s great in every other sense, so I have definitely lucked out.
- If you could be anything other than what you are, what occupation would you choose?
A bookseller. An artist, or a musician.
- What do you do to relax? Watch a comfort movie with a loved one. Honestly, it’s like my favorite thing to do besides reading/writing.
- Describe yourself in three words:
Compassionate, caring, kind.
- Name two things you’d like to do before you die.
To see the night sky without light pollution and to see the Grand Canyon. Honesty, these can be done together within the same trip.
- If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
So so many to choose from!! Right now I would like to go with my favorite writer/director, because he has this incredible vision in the way he sees the world. He’s also funny, so it would be fun, I think. He’s movies to me, or totally inspiring. One day I would like to write something like he has.Interview with a #romance #author: At about the age of eight, I wrote my first short story, and wouldn’t you know, it was a romance. A very childlike innocent romance, but a romance nonetheless. @evecorsobooks @crazyinkpub Click To Tweet
About the Author:
Corso is also a huge film enthusiast and music lover, and those passions converge in her writing. She loves that books, films, and music can transport people to magical places, can let them live incredible adventures, and even cause some to fall in love.
She has published Esteban & Marialena, a contemporary romance. It’s the first in a three-part series, which she’s calling the Esteban & Marialena Trilogy. The other books of the trilogy are written, but their titles and covers have not yet been revealed.
A project in the works for Corso is a two-part series called A Matter of Timing. Learn more about that and other upcoming publications by following Eve Corso.
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