Interview with Corrie Burge

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish! I was writing stories since I was a child and I would love to know what in the world I was writing about back then! The first story I remember writing is about a guy who meets the wrong woman and he has to start paying for his philandering ways. Truth be told, it's a revenge fantasy about a guy who cheated on me in university. He gets strange pains that he attributes to Voodoo.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chuck Palahniuk, Brett Easton Ellis, Pema Chodron, J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Damned by Chuck Palahniuk, Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin , and She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. All of these books changed my life. Catcher introduced me to Salinger and his amazing books, few that there are, they are all great! Mockingbird made me want to be a civil rights lawyer, and I get teary just thinking of the legal battle from that book. Damned is just one of Chuck's masterpieces, but it exemplifies his clever writing style. Chuck has taught me a lot about writing. Black Like Me and She's Come Undone are two totally different books that kept me reading all night until I was finished, laughing and crying while everyone else was sleeping!
What's the story behind your latest book?
ME. It's a memoir about my experiences using humor to live well with Multiple Sclerosis. I started it fourteen years ago but never had the guts or the wherewithal to publish it, until now!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo, but I use my android app more than I use the device. In fact, I gave the device to my mother.
Describe your desk
It's soft and it reclines and there's paper everywhere. I work from my bed!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small town Alberta. I was forced to be creative since there was nothing else to do.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could lift a pen!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write and I will do it regardless of whether anyone is reading it.
What are you working on next?
A book of short stories. I have written hundreds of short stories so the first step is choosing the ones I want to include. I have stories from many different genres including lesbian fiction, urban fantasy and romance.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Making people laugh. Ever since I was a small child who figured out that you could diffuse a situation with a joke, I haven't stopped trying to get up every day and be funny.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Stand-up comedy, making YouTube videos, playing with my cats (Walter and Zowie) and watching Netflix.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time I find them while looking for something else entirely.
What is your writing process?
If it's comedy I like to write with pen and paper but otherwise I'm using Word. I write every day and if I'm not feeling it, I try to let it go and do something else until I feel motivated again by something in my daily life. But, I try to write something every day and I spend hours doing it, almost every day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read 'Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret' but the only thing I remember is being attached to books after that first story. It's been a lifelong love affair, my relationship with books.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to come up with something eye catching and pleasing. I play around with the graphics until I feel I've captured it. That said, I will probably get a graphic artist to do my next cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Chuck Palahniuk lately. I have been re-reading Damned and Fight Club and his books are almost as good the second or third time around.
Published 2014-02-10.
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Books by This Author

Cures Are For Pussies: A Comedian's Adventures With MS (And Other Incurable Diseases)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,180. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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Corrie Burge was seventeen the year she graduated from high school, moved out on her own, and found out she has MS. Her response, "Well, two out of three isn't so bad!" Her story started out as an article about MS and gratitude, but it turned into a detailed account of how to live well and keep laughing, because of MS, not despite it. Corrie is a stand-up comedian and writer in Edmonton, Alberta.