Paperback Writer is pleased to introduce our author for today, Carolyn Wada, author of the family saga fantasy novel, For Cory’s Sake (Outskirts Press Inc., February 2009),
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The planet of Cory has been enslaved by Fear, by the threat of an end to their world. Roci’s outward life typifies the plight of the Coryan people: he has no family; he has been forced into slavery; people are attempting to control him with both the threat and reality of physical violence. Roci is distinct, though, in that he has decided to live in a place he can control—in vivid imaginary lives and worlds which he has created within the untouchable space of his mind. He believes in families though he has never had one, and he believes in compassionate people willing to make sacrifices to save those who cannot save themselves.
William Bentler is a kind and quietly courageous father of seven. He cares deeply about the plight of the Coryan people, and has spent his adult lifetime trying to raise awareness of their plight among the civilian occupiers. He does this by publishing articles, essays and stories about the heart-wrenching realities of indigenous Coryan life. He also strove to teach compassion and sacrifice to his children throughout their lives.
When the oppressors appoint a new leader, the sacrificial toll on William’s life rises to a new and very exacting level. Published dissent is now punished with physical, escalating penalties paralleling those given to the slaves. But William continues to write and publish, and then watches in distress (though with a little pride) as two of his children choose his lifestyle as well.
William’s compassion and quiet courage eventually attract a valuable and unexpected ally. The family and their valuable friend struggle onwards—making choices and sacrifices, taking risks, accepting almost unbearable consequences. In the end, they learn how to gain freedom by conquering Fear . . . for Cory’s Sake.
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
A: The original story “just came.” I started out with characters first. I would make up stories about their lives before I would fall asleep at night. I wrote out one of these stories one day, and then just kept on going until I ended up with a book-length story! So I didn’t so much come up with the idea as it rather came to me, through my “natural” process of insomniac imagining. I did revise it more deliberately, though.
Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
A: I didn’t outline. I worked out the stories before sleep each night, usually over the course of several nights. They would grow in depth and detail in this way, and if they got to a certain level I would eventually feel compelled to write them out.
Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
A: I began this story in the middle, and I didn’t know the end or the beginning! I knew the basic conflict, and gradually worked out both the resolution and how the conflict arose.
Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
A: I simply think about them all the time, until they become like real people to me. I can eventually know how each would react to anything, which actually makes plotting a story a lot easier. Chapter 3 of For Cory’s Sake is an example of this. It was essentially all of the characters reacting characteristically to an external event. I knew who would be clueless, who angry, who supportive and who conflicted. I knew what decisions they would make.
Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
A: I put parts of me into William, both Kerrys, Terrence and Jeffrey. I’ve given other examples elsewhere, and I will give one more here. Jeffrey got my tendency towards frantic caring and impulsiveness. I get really worked up about certain injustices and tragedies, to the point where I find it very hard to keep my mouth judiciously shut. I have often written and posted things I have later regretted, because I was in an overwrought emotional state and just HAD TO. I’ve had to delete some things, or apologize for them after the fact.
Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
A: Wow, I really had to think about that. I think it’s the relationships between the characters. There are a lot of characters and a lot of relationships, and I think each one is pretty distinctive. One of them, between Kerry and his father, drives the plot along too.
Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
A: I queried my first agent after finishing my first version of For Cory’s Sake. It wasn’t ready to be published at the time, however, and it’s good it was rejected because I’ve since reworked it into a more meaningful product.
Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
A: I’ve had the requisite rejections, though not too many because I quickly decided to self-publish after finishing reworking For Cory’s Sake. The process of publishing was actually easier than the process of writing For Cory’s Sake, which is, I think, as it should be.
Q: What has been the best part about being published?
A: I would have to say it would be the friends I’ve made since. I would never have met any of them if I hadn’t published. Some are fellow authors: interesting, deliberate followers of dreams. Others are people who care about the cause I care about. I met people with common interests after I went open with my interests, which happened when I published For Cory’s Sake.
Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
A: Whatever they remember and carry away is what I want them to remember and carry away. The wonderful thing about reading fiction is it’s such an individualistic experience. Each mind takes the words and processes them in its own unique way. If a reader remembers or thinks about anything as a result of reading For Cory’s Sake, whatever that may be, I will have done my little part and correctly trusted the reader to take care of the rest!
Q: Do you have plans to write another book?
A: I actually have two books in my head. One focuses on the love story between William and Melissa Bentler, and would give further insights into their family. For Cory’s Sake is very focused on the struggle to save Cory (as it should be with that title and all). The second would be a sequel to For Cory’s Sake, from the perspective of the adopted Coryan son of one of the Bentlers.
Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
A: “Expansive” would be the word I would use. My world has grown through the process of going on a virtual book tour. (Kind of like with physical traveling . . .)
Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book?
A: For Cory’s Sake is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and more than 40 other online booksellers serving multiple countries. You could go to http://www.bookfinder4u.com and enter in the following ISBN: 9781432712082 to find more booksellers. You can “Change Preferences” for your “Shipping Destination” to check availability in various countries.
Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to?
A: I do. It is http://www.outskirtspress.com/ForCorysSake
Thank you, Carolyn for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.