Interview with Cory Scott McCormick

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had a passion for storytelling and it has never been confined to one medium. Whether I'm writing a book, a song, a screenplay, a poem, or even a joke, I love to tell a story about people or even just themes. People have told me that they enjoy my writing so I figured I'd take a serious crack at it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Rialto, Ca. which is part of a group of cities called the Inland Empire. In my opinion it is not a very interesting place, geographically, but the people are so diverse and interesting. I find that within a lot of my writing, I base characters on real people and I don't really have to exaggerate much to make them interesting. There isn't much to do in the I.E. so out of necessity, I had to be creative.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I'll discover the hardcopy of a book first and then, for the sake of convenience, I'll look for the ebook. Other than that, I'll read an article here or there that will recommend great ebooks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
More than anything, I love seeing the characters and the world I've created stand up and become a reality. When I read what I've written and I forget that I invented these characters, I feel as though I have done what I set out to do; which is to breathe life into something so simple (In a physical sense) as words on a page.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a Music Producer/ Audio Engineer and I go to school part-time. When I have free time and I'm not writing, I'm either performing with my band The Vast Alps, working on videos, or skateboarding.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a Science Fiction novel about a man who wakes up in a surreal world and doesn't remember who he is.
Who are your favorite authors?
C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, H. G. Wells, Rod Serling, Isaac Asimov, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cormac McCarthy, Philip K. Dick, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, J. K. Rowling, George Orwell, Homer, Lewis Carrol, Shel Silverstein, and Roald Dahl. I'm probably forgetting a handful.
What is your writing process?
An idea will pop into my head at any given time. It can be brought on by a documentary, a song, a person, a sound, etc. I'll write out every possible way for the idea to unfold as a narrative and when I discover a direction I like, I run with it. I ask myself, "What can be the theme, climax, character arc, message (if any), pace, style? I try to envision the story as a whole and I create an outline. Then I create backstories for my characters. Once I have my map, I start my adventure. I try to let the story unfold in a way that is interesting but natural. If I get stuck, I go skating, hang out with friends, or get some coffee. I do anything to let my mind recharge. I return to my story and continue this process until it is finished.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing (It may or may not be the first I ever wrote) was one that I wrote when I was 5 or 6. It was about a T-Rex who was fed up with being grouped in with all the other bully dinosaurs.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read but I do remember the first story that had a lasting impact on me. It was "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It was such a simple telling of surreal events that taught me so much about the importance of sacrificial love. To this day, that book puts me on the verge of tears.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
If I think too long about this question I won't pick any because there are too many candidates. Here are five of of my many favorites in no particular order: "The Lord of the Rings" series by J. R. R. Tolkien, "The Chronicles of Narnia" series by C. S. Lewis, "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, "The Time Machine" by H. G. Wells, and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. What I love about these books is that there is so much subtext in all of them. Most of these are books that took me to a very foreign world only to reveal truths about my own. When a book can show you an imaginary world and at the same time make it feel like our own world, it makes our universe feel like it doesn't end here; it makes it feel infinite. This is why we will never run out of stories to tell.
Published 2015-05-27.
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Books by This Author

Into The White Light
You set the price! Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Ryan Byrne, a young skeptic, buys a mansion despite knowing that it is allegedly haunted. He soon discovers that the rumors are true but the entities inhabiting the house possess a certain seductive quality that seems to lure him into something heavenly and exhilarating.
Volcano
You set the price! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jonathan, along with a few of his friends, finds himself on an unexpected trip to see Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. Carol, despite having planned the trip, also walks into the unexpected. The volcano leads her to experience a deep shift within herself and she is forever changed.