Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.
She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!
She is currently thrilled about the publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising, the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, and telling stories since I could talk. I always wanted to be an author, but I only decided to get serious about my writing in the summer of 2013, when I began Spark Rising.
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere–a snippet of an overheard conversation, the way the sun looks setting over the desert behind our house, and especially in music. When I’m really stuck, I go for a drive and put on some music. Hasn’t failed me yet!
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
The most important tip for writing is this: BISHOK. “Butt in Seat, Hands on Keyboard” Just make yourself sit down and write, even if it’s garbage. You can fix anything you’ve written, but if it never gets out of your head, there’s nothing you can do.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I read everything! I am especially fond of genre fiction, though, especially science fiction and fantasy of every variety and romance. If the two are combined, so much the better. My all time favorite author was Anne McCaffrey.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished a short story for submission to an anthology (fingers crossed!), and I’m now writing the follow-up to Spark Rising. And of course, I’m working on my newsletter subscriber exclusive content, a serial story featuring a popular secondary character from Ignition Point.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to heal.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
I do, and it is whatever the character asks for. This often means I’m stuck with a style of music I don’t actually care for!
Who is your favorite villain?
My favorite villain is actually one I’m writing now. I can’t say much, because she hasn’t been introduced in Spark Rising, but she’s fascinating and heartbreaking and complicated. Good stuff!
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
A million dollars. With a huge influx, I’d be more inclined to invest a chunk of it. With $1000 a month…Ha ha ha! That would be book money!
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
I’d gather up all of my earliest fans–the ones who have contacted me and helped fuel me with their support and enthusiasm, and I’d take them out for coffee, desserts, and FUN!