Hi Linda! What a treat this holiday season to be featured on your delightful blog. Thank you so much for having me here today! And I love to connect with readers, so I will be around all day to comment and chat. Take it away, Linda!
Hi, Geralyn! Let’s cut right to the heart of the matter. What is the logline that best describes your writing?
Drum roll, please…With humor, heart, and high jinks, Geralyn Corcillo writes about women who try not to trip as they march to their own bongo beat.
Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?
That tiniest spark of an idea that catches my attention and grows into a story could be almost anything about a character or plot, depending on the project. Miss Adventure started with the idea of Lisa, a spastic scaredy-cat who desperately wants to get brave. The plot of my short story “All Summer on a Date” came to me late one rainy night as my husband and I patrolled the streets looking for a lost dog. (We found him and brought him home safe and sound 2 days later.) For my next romantic comedy novel Queen of the Universe, plot and character came to me simultaneously when I was thinking, for no particular reason, about the movie Table for Five which I had seen about, oh, twenty-five years ago. The movie is all about Jon Voight’s character and how he deals with a tragedy, but suddenly I thought, what about Richard Crenna’s character? What the heck happened to him and his life after the tragedy and so much loss???? And thus was born the hero Arlen Black from Queen of the Universe.
What do you hope readers gain from your stories?
I want them to enjoy the read. Whether they laugh uproariously or giggle a little, curl their toes and sigh, cringe then read maniacally to see how things work out – I want them to enjoy themselves. I hope they want to pick up the book for the pleasure it will bring. That’s what reading has been for me throughout my life, and that is what I want to do for other people. I can still remember sitting at a high school play when I was in 9th grade, desperate to get home to see what was going to happen between Anne of Greene Gables and Gilbert. I remember when I was even younger, sitting on the patio steps reading The Land of Oz. It started raining, and I can still see the drops hitting the page in front of me. But I didn’t care, I didn’t move. I just wanted to stay exactly where I was in the land of Oz. When I read in a reader review that someone couldn’t put down Miss Adventure, I am over the moon!
Describe a normal writing day (or period, if you have other employment obligations.
When I get a sec, I sit my butt in my desk chair and write. Some days, I will have all day to write but get very little done because I am just not feeling it. Other times, I am struck with an idea or the mojo to write and I sit down and start pounding away at the keys until I have to go to sleep or to my day job or take a shower or feed the cat. Seriously, it amazes me that I ever wrote even one book! We all have such busy, fractured lives with so many responsibilities pulling us this way and that. But don’t let that stop you if you want to write! Find pockets of minutes folded between the socks and towels or precious moments when everyone else is asleep – salvage what you can and work it! Give yourself permission to work on something that might not be finished for years, just always be working on it – even in little snippets – and you will be living your dream.
What are your hobbies away from writing?
Watching British mysteries! I LOVE Masterpiece Mystery – Inspector Lewis, Sherlock, and Zen are among my all-time favorites. My husband and I are also huge NY Giants fans. What can I say? I married into a Big Blue family and I’m loving every minute. I also spend a lot of time helping the homeless and cleaning up litter.
Are you a pet person? If so, what do you have?
Something pretty cool happened to me this spring that perfectly explains my relationship to the animals in my life: I won Writing Superhero of the Day from The Masquerade Crew, when they were running an A to Z challenge for “Authors Who are More Than Just Writers.” Someone else had to nominate you, and here is the nomination that my husband Ron wrote that won me Superhero of the Day for the letter F:
“F is for Feral- Geralyn Corcillo is a writer by day, but by night, she’s a hero, roaming the streets of Los Angeles and rescuing her damsels in distress: feral cats. She catches them and whisks them off to the clinic for spaying or neutering. If they’re tame she’ll find them homes; the ferals she’ll release, feeding them and watching over them like Batman guarding Gotham City. She’s even spent her nights staking out a cat colony to catch a villain who was shooting the cats. She may write about characters who struggle to find courage, but Geralyn Corcillo has plenty of her own.”
Thank you, Linda! This has been so much fun!
BLURB for Miss Adventure: A Romantic Comedy
When a freak fast-food accident almost kills scaredy-cat Lisa Flyte, she decides it’s time to get a backbone and really start living out loud. But how is a shrinking violet like Lisa supposed to get tough all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch?
Jack Hawkins, that’s how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of adventure gear for beginners, she gets the most outlandish idea of her life: she will be his undercover test dummy if he helps her become brave on their adventures in the wild.
They strike a deal. But can Lisa use her blossoming outdoor moxie to become the alpha hero of her everyday life? Will she find the grit to pursue a career she really wants or the nerve to stand up to her bullying family? And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He’s a man who’s not afraid of anything…except maybe falling for Lisa.
**Previously published as She Likes It Tough and She Likes It Rough by GVR Corcillo.
“Oh, God!” I shriek. “We’re crashing!”
“We are NOT crashing.” Jack’s voice is level and stony.
“Damn! I knew you were all wrong for this.”
“All wrong? No, I’m not!” I stiffen my spine, sitting up as tall as I can. “I can do this. I AM doing this!”
Jack looks away. “I better just take you home.”
“Yes. You said this was what you wanted, but clearly you don’t want to be here.”
“Yes I do! I can do this and I will.”
“Okay.” In a flash, he rips off his headphones and mine, snaps open his seatbelt and mine, and pulls me against him as he stands.
Jack turns me around and wraps his arms just under my ribcage. I figure out what he’s doing just as the helicopter banks sharply.
Out we go, tumbling backwards through space.
Contest Wins and review snippet:
*Best Humor Book 2013 -Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards
*Best Indie Book 2013 -Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards
*Book Buyer’s Best Finalist 2014
*Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter Finalist 2014
“Jack and Lisa are hilarious together. Jack and Lisa have great chemistry together. If you want a book with romance, comedy, and adventure, then this is the book for you.” – Bookroom Reviews
When she was a kid, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo wanted to one day become the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she grew up to rescue animals and constantly pick up litter. At home, she loves watching British mysteries and the New York Giants. Corcillo is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania and now lives in North Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.