Mickey J. Corrigan
What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
1. Why is your novella Geekus Interruptus being re-released? Isn’t it a new book?
Geekus Interruptus was released by Noble Romance in May. A few weeks ago, they closed up. Suddenly, they left the business. Authors were pretty floored. What were we to do with our books? The titles instantly disappeared off Amazon and other retail sites, all reviews lost.
Fortunately, I had been working with Bottom Drawer Publications on other projects, so I asked if they might want to re-release my orphaned book. They’ve been amazing. New cover, new promotional materials, new ISBN, all done so quickly and efficiently. Readers tell me they like the new cover better. I sure like the new publisher better!
2. Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre? How did it turn out?
Great question! Yes, I keep stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown. That’s what keeps writing fun for me.
My first book (under another name) was a textbook. After that, I was hooked. I continued to write nonfiction and published around 30 more books, working with some of the big publishers like Doubleday and Random House. I wrote educational books for kids, health and wellness titles, and an art book. I also co-wrote a cookbook with the chef at the White House. That project was a blast.
Looking for a change, I attended poetry workshops and started writing poetry. Then I ventured into short fiction. One hot summer day, I decided to write a paranormal romance, novella length. There was some humor in the story, and I liked having it there. After I joined a writers group, they encouraged me to use more humor. That’s how I moved into writing romantic comedies.
I’ve also written some darker novels. Bottom Drawer Publications is releasing one later this year. It’s a coming of age story with romantic and paranormal elements. Champagne Books is publishing my sexy thriller in November. Sugar Babies is like a modern day Valley of the Dolls set in Palm Beach.
3. Describe your current projects.
Geekus Interruptus comes out on September 15th (again) so I’m excited about that. In November, Champagne Books releases Sugar Babies, which is my first novel. All my published romance titles have been novella length. It will be interesting to see how readers react to a longer book. Many readers claim to not like the shorter, novella length. They want more. It will be interesting to see if they like my novels.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of novellas, novelettes and short stories. I like to read a whole story in one sitting, which to me is like watching a movie. I don’t like to break it up, and I can’t always stay up all night to finish a book. That’s why I love short books.
4. If you could invite two other authors over to your house for dinner, who would you choose and why.
Wow, that’s a really interesting question. I guess I would invite Tom Robbins because he is a philosopher, he’s bold and funny, and he writes about redheads a lot. I’m a redhead, so I like that. And to round out the dinner table conversation, I would ask the author of Fifty Shades. I want to learn how her life has changed since her books became a social sensation. I think her personal story would be fascinating.
And what would I serve for dinner? A nice California red, grilled salmon with mixed green vegetables, a huge salad, garlic bread, and some kind of fancy dessert. Maybe a mousse. And espresso. How’s that sound?
5. What messages or themes do you try to convey to your readers?
I like to talk about forgiveness. And connection, intimate bonds. I also seem to point out hypocrisy, and underline the importance of truth. And my themes often center on identity. As in, who we really are—not just in relation to, but as a self.
There’s at least some humor in all my stories. Sometimes dark humor. I do like to laugh. So do my characters.
6. What do you like to read in your free time?
Right now I’m reading a book by Ted Heller (he’s hilarious) and a collection of short stories by the amazing Rebecca Lee. I read widely, on diverse topics, in many genres. I like literary works as well as commercial stuff. As long as the writing is good, I’ll read it.
7. How do you get past writer’s block or distractions like the internet?
Writer’s block is not an issue for me but time management is. And it is becoming increasingly difficult. I have to actively control my desire to check in on the social aspects of my writing life, putting off the hard work, the solitary hours of uninterrupted focus required for me to write a book. It’s a juggling act because writers do need to talk with readers, bloggers, reviewers, publishers, and fellow writers. But since access is 24/7, there is no real down time from that.
What I do is set out blocks of time for writing. That’s when I turn off the internet and just write. Then there are shorter blocks of time I set out for socializing and book promotion. The trick is to safeguard the chunks of writing time. Since I love writing and value silent study, I find I need those periods anyway for my own centering. So it works out because I make it happen.
Thanks for joining us today Mickey! Can’t wait to follow up with a review of your great new book Geekus Interruptus.