Interview with Gary Corbin

Published 2016-02-06.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read great contemporary fiction, particularly legal thrillers, comedies, and anything that showcases great writing. Favorite authors include Scott Turow, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver,and Dave Barry. For a change of pace, I turn to classic science fiction from Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov. And plays... I love to read plays, particularly Sam Shepard and Neil Simon.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire.
When did you first start writing?
If you count the damage I did to my poor parents' walls, I probably started writing before I could talk. Writing actual words in a meaningful way came only slightly later. The passion for writing happened probably a few minutes after I learned to read around age five. I figured I could do better than "See Jimmy. See Sue. See Jimmy and Sue." I mean, really.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Until age 16 I lived in western Massachusetts, where I (at the time) took the great public education system for granted. Strict classroom etiquette and a focus on the classics gave me a solid foundation for creative self-expression. When my family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in the summer of 1976, two things shocked me: the crazy hot, humid climate, and the exposure to a culture completely alien to my own - which was, nevertheless, equally and uniquely American. It also taught me that I can live anywhere, do anything, be whatever I want - which is, of course, a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing centers me. When I write, the world gets smaller and more focused, and I begin to travel to new places, with people I'd never have met in "real" life. I explore strange new worlds and people of my own creation, and they never cease to surprise me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Peter Robertson, 33, discovers his wife is cheating on him. Following her suspected boyfriend one night, he erupts into a rage, beats him and leaves him to die – or so he thought. Soon he discovers that he has killed the wrong man – a perfect stranger.

Six months later, impaneled on a jury, he realizes he realizes that the murder being tried is the one he committed. After wrestling with his conscience, he works hard to convince the jury to acquit the accused man. But the prosecution’s case is strong as the accused man had both motive and opportunity to commit the murder. . As the pressure builds, Peter begins to slip up and reveal things that only the murderer would know – and Christine, a pretty and intelligent alternate juror, suspects something is amiss.

Pressures build in Peter’s life: his wife leaves him, his mother suffers a series of debilitating strokes, and his best friend and employee, accused of sexual harassment, needs Peter’s help that he’s too preoccupied to give. As jurors one by one declare their intention to convict, Peter’s conscience eats away at him and he careens toward nervous breakdown, revealing details about the crime that had not been disclosed in court.

“Lying in Judgment” is a 95,000-word story about a good man’s search for redemption for his one unfortunate mistake, pitted against society’s search for justice. In Hollywood-speak, think “Unfaithful” meets “Twelve Angry Men.”
Describe your desk
I have two desks - a cluttered computer desk (which now holds a giant 27" monitor, thanks to my clumsy handling of the old 20" job) and a relatively uncluttered wooden table with space to write by hand... and hold multiple coffee mugs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I banged my head against the wall of traditional publishing for a decade, then realized that my fellow self-publishing friends, who were busy getting published and selling books, were right. (See? You can teach old dogs new tricks. It just takes longer, and you need better treats.)
What are you working on next?
I also write plays, and my next project is a play about a family coping with a prognosis of terminal cancer in the much-loved patriarch. It's a bittersweet tragicomedy, with characters we all know and love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, skiing, coffee, and my amazing and beautiful partner. Unless she's sleeping in, which inspires me to go right back to bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Skiing, acting, marketing, researching, cooking, eating, watching plays and movies, reading, playing with the dog, making my sweetheart smile, and sometimes, as a last resort, working.
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Books by This Author

A Better Part of Valor
Series: Valorie Dawes Thrillers. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 149,280. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
While jogging off duty along the riverfront, rookie cop Valorie Dawes discovers the body of a young girl—and ignites a manhunt for a serial killer.
In Search of Valor
Series: Valorie Dawes Thrillers, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 33,770. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Valorie Dawes fights an international kidnapping syndicate on behalf of a new college friend--and harbors serious doubts about her future as a police officer.
A Woman of Valor
Series: Valorie Dawes Thrillers, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,270. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Rookie cop Valorie Dawes fights racism and sexism in her hometown police department as she pursues a savage sex offender - and confronts her own #metoo past. For Valorie Dawes, #metoo means #fight back.
The Mountain Man's Badge
Series: The Mountain Man Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,490. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Lehigh Carter never wanted to be sheriff. And he sure never wanted to arrest his new father-in-law for murder. Book Three of The Mountain Man Mysteries!
Lying in Vengeance
Series: Lying Injustice Thrillers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,020. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Having discovered Peter’s horrible secret, a former fellow juror blackmails him to kill again! In this sequel to award-winning courtroom thriller Lying in Judgment, Peter Robertson must choose between two horrible options. Both involve death and revenge.
The Mountain Man's Bride
Series: The Mountain Man Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,960. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
In this sequel to The Mountain Man’s Dog, rustic forester Lehigh Carter fights to clear first his own name, then that of his fiancée, Stacy McBride, as they are accused of murdering the deputy who once made their lives miserable.
The Mountain Man's Dog
Series: The Mountain Man Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,160. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a rustic mountain man's ex-fiancee convinces him to adopt an injured stray dog, he unwittingly crosses some powerful people, and soon his simple life is entangled in the complex world of electoral politics, arson, crooked cops, and pet ownership.
Lying in Judgment
Series: Lying Injustice Thrillers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,280. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A man serves on a jury for the trial of a murder that he committed in a crime thriller reminiscent of "Unfaithful" and "Twelve Angry Men." Unlike most courtroom dramas, this one is told entirely from the perspective of the juror. “Lying in Judgment” is the story about a good man’s search for redemption for his one unfortunate mistake, pitted against society’s search for justice.