Interview with E.P. Corey

Describe your desk
My desk stands in the corner of my bedroom, always waiting for me to sit down and write; like a loyal dog. It's white, but speckled in nail polish and coffee stains (that I put the greatest effort into removing, but never have any luck with). It's makeshift: Not a legitimate bedroom, classroom, or office desk---It's an old garden table that my father decided to present to me to compensate for the fact that he and my mother were using my new oak desk to store miscellaneous papers of theirs and my siblings'.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the Philippines, but I've lived in three different homes over my lifetime. The longest place I've lived in is my current home in Farmingdale. Naturally it's influenced me the most, but everywhere I've lived have had made significant impacts on my life and I hold them all close to my heart. I like to take experiences and memories from the places I've lived---and the people I'd known there---and put tidbits of them in my stories. An example of this would be in "Owl Eyes," how Molly finds herself in the forest. In my town there is a dense and mysterious forest known to the townspeople as "The Woods. Spooky, right? Haha, not really, but it sure makes for a great place setting. I believe that a writer can contribute any experience or encounter that they've met to their works--someone wise once said, "Write what you know!"
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was five. Before then I had spent my time following anyone within a ten feet radius of me around, badgering them by telling elaborate tales of princesses and dragons. I'm very lucky to have parents who tolerated how annoying I was and who encourage and support my writing. Shoutout to Mommy and Daddy! Haha!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Back in seventh grade I had this severe crush on this guy who's a year older and was way out of my league, or so I felt. He has the most beautiful eyes, and I'm not afraid to admit that they still dazzle me, even though I've moved on. I had this crazy idea explode into my brain---not literally, that would be bad---during science class. I had thought "Imagine if people could turn into animals and transform back?" It wasn't a new idea to me (I first thought of it while watching a raccoon over the summer), but it had come to my attention especially that day because I had out of nowhere imagined what it would be like if the fellow I liked had this ability, and could turn into an owl. Right then and there I began scribbling the idea into my writers notebook...and a legend was born! Haha, just kidding---but it's still one of my babies.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to work with people. It's one of my most favorite things in the world! Even so, I like to be my own boss and manage my own life. Now, that can be very conflicting. Because of that I decided that I should separate my career and personal life, and only hook them up when I feel it to be important. After that I decided to self-publish, to be a freelance/indie author! To be honest, it's a lot of fun! Now the story of what motivated me to be a writer is a long one, so we'll save that for a rainy day.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to officially publish my first book. Wattpad is also a great site that I love for publishing books, and there are a few others, but Smashwords has allowed me to publish AND retail my books! Because of this I can at last make a career out of a hobby!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Okay, my eyes are misting up a little. Writing is wonderful to me because it serves as an outlet for negative feelings, a bank for positive feelings, and a bulldozer for boredom. It allows me to express my thoughts and emotions and it's a very high form of art AND knowledge. I'm VERY grateful to God for giving me the ability to write. It's a beautiful thing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! They're a group of supporters and friends who I love as family, and they INCLUDE my friends and family. I'm very lucky and proud to have people who enjoy my writing and my works and who care about my stories, characters, and me. It's a gift. They're gifts.
What are you working on next?
Oooh...that's a secret! I can give a hint, though! It comes in three parts...*Wink.*
Who are your favorite authors?
I have SO many favorite authors, I couldn't possibly list them all! I do admire J.K. Rowling a lot, though. She's a major inspiration for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed each and every morning: God, hope, family, friends, love, the one I love, the thrill of a new day, the idea of adventure, and knowing that goodness will always come. That's what pulls me to my feet even on the bleakest, coldest days.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my time daydreaming, reading, sleeping, eating, and singing. When I have more of a choice I like to hang out with friends, go somewhere fun, or do something useful and/or helpful.
Published 2015-02-19.
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Books by This Author

Owl Eyes
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: American English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
She is a lost girl trying to get some sleep in. He is not normal.
Going Through the Emotions
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: American English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Passion, deceit, anger, retreats...there are billions of people on this planet and every single one of them goes through a roller-coaster, rocket-ride of emotions everyday. Some people live life going through the motions, others live on the edge, but truth be told every single one of them is living their lives going through the emotions...