Geralyn Corcillo


With her IvyLeague education, white trash sensibility, and pop culture savvy, GVR Corcillo delights in writing Chick Lit about characters who try not to trip as they valiantly march to their own bongo beat.

But she didn't start writing right away. First, she worked in a greenhouse, a potpourri-stuffing factory, an electrical fixtures plant, a book warehouse, a metal-perforating factory, a radio station, and a bar. Not to mention she taught high school in Watts and South Central Los Angeles. But none of these fit the bill for what she always wanted to be when she grew up - a writer. So, she won some writing contests, hit the New York Times Bestsellers List with her first short story, and got a screenplay produced.

Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo, a native of Chinchilla, Pennsylvania, lives in North Hollywood with her husband Ron, a television comedy writer. They are both New York Giants fans.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Some days, I will have all day to write but get very little done because I am just not feeling it. Other times, I am struck with an idea or the mojo to write and I sit down and start pounding away at the keys until I have to go to sleep or take a shower or feed the cat.

I don't work from an outline. I get an idea, and it works itself out in my head pretty quickly. I make sure I have the elements and progression of a solid story, then I'm off! I sit down and write write write. And ideas come up as I write, working themselves into the story. Then everything I write goes through much editing. MUCH editing. I am a firm believer that before you write something good, you have to write something. So, I do not worry much about the first draft. Once I've got it down, then I really go to work. Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) says that you never get done editing, you just run out of time, and I agree! I could edit forever, tweaking this and that, but then I have to stop to you know, publish the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was in 2nd grade and our class went to the school library. I was pottering around, not taking any books off the shelf, and I remember the librarian came over to me and said, "I have a book I think you'll like." It was Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? I honestly don't remember much about the actual story, but I must have loved it, because it was the first "book" I ever read on my own and I have been an eager and voracious reader ever since. After that, you couldn't keep me out of the library!
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Where to find Geralyn Corcillo online


Girls of Summer
Price: Free! Words: 60,520. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Celebrate summer, the season where emotions run as hot as the weather! Enjoy this collection of sweet and sassy journeys where eight women figure out what’s next with the help of a special red bikini.
Cupid on the Loose!: A Valentine's Day Anthology of Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 61,980. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A collection of ten contemporary chick lit short stories set around Valentine's Day. Cupid is on the loose and anything could happen, as ten of his targets are about to find out. Will they find love or wave it goodbye? If their man goes down on one knee, will they say yes or no? If an old flame suddenly appears, will it start a fire or fizzle out? Read on and find out...

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