Author Interview: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

So thrilled to welcome Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, authors of the young adult shortlisted novel, Doon.  Be sure to play along with Carey’s writing space ‘I Spy’ at the end of the interview and leave us a comment with the number of items you actually did spy!

17745703Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!

What led you to writing?

Lorie: Mine was a long journey with lots of detours. I grew up obsessed with reading fiction and had a teacher in high school who encouraged me to purse writing as a career, so I majored in Journalism in college. But because of some well-meaning guidance from a professor—“you have too much talent to waste it on being a newspaper journalist writing stories about old ladies with cats”—I changed my major to Sociology with an emphasis in Human Resources.

For many years I made good money working in large corporations, but the work of hiring and firing was slowly killing my soul. So when I was in my early 30s, I began to pray for guidance, asking specifically for God to show me His purpose for my life. It wasn’t long after that, that I had a dream that inspired me to write my first novel. (That novel is a time-travel set during the American Revolution with Inspirational elements. It has yet to be published, but I’m currently re-working it for the YA market. )

Carey: When I invested my summer after sixth grade writing 100 pages of bad soap opera fashioned after Santa Barbara, I should have figured out that writing was my passion. But sadly, it would take another decade and a half to discover my destined path. In my late 20s, I had a dream inspired by the live-action Peter Pan movie from 2003 directed by P.J. Hogan. The next day I wrote the first chapter of Shades of Neverland and I was hooked.

Tell us a book you feel epitomizes quality faith-driven literature.

Lorie: I adore The Halflings Series by Heather Burch because the characters are real and make mistakes. They feel things deeply and those feelings aren’t watered-down or sanitized. And I love that the spiritual message is woven seamlessly into a story full of action and romance, and ultimately hope.

Carey: C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. I took a class on the works of C.S. Lewis and adore all of it from his sermons to his fantasy and science fiction.

What is your favorite quote or saying?

Lorie: Well, if you follow me on Pinterest you know I have a little bit of a quote fascination. But one I’ve always loved is by Henry van Dyke: “Use what talent you possess: The world would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” It reminds me to turn off my inner-critic because when it comes to creative endeavors everyone has something unique to give.

Carey: That’s a toss-up between Albert Camus and Walt Disney. They both inspire me in different ways. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Albert Camus. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney.

What were the challenges (literary, research, psychological, theological, or logistical) in bringing the book to life?

Lorie: I think we had challenges in each one of those categories. LOL! We’re on our second agent and we did six complete rewrites of DOON before it was published. So there were plenty of spiritual and physiological battles that almost derailed this entire project. But one of the most interesting challenges we faced was when our current agent told us we needed to get copy right permissions from the original writers of Brigadoon before she could send the book to publishers.

Neither one of us could afford an intellectual property attorney, but in what can only be called a miraculous blessing, I found one who gave me tips over the phone on how to approach the Lerner and Loewe estate—for free! Taking his advice, Carey called the estate attorneys and made the request. After several months of waiting on pins and needles, they granted us the rights to tell our story free and clear!

In writing a series together how do you break down the division of writing, research and editing?

Carey: We divide the writing by character. I write Mackenna and Lorie writes Veronica. And we both research, create the overall plot and work to polish the final document. Splitting responsibilities such as blogging, promotions, and social networking is a great blessing. The biggest advantage is that you have someone who is equally invested. Someone you can call at midnight with a brilliant plot idea, who won’t curse you out and block your phone number.

Favorite book ~ favorite movie ~ favorite tv show?

Lorie: Oh, this is hard. I have so many! But I’ll take a shot at my “current” favorites:
Fav book: SIEGE & STORM (the whole series) by Leigh Bardugo
Fav movie: FROZEN
Fav tv show: ONCE UPON A TIME
(Yes, I’m a bit fairytale obsessed!)

Carey: It’s hard to pick one. Here are my top two.
Fav book: LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo/PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
Fav movie: SIXTEEN CANDLES/LA VITA E BELLA
Fav tv show: BIG BANG THEORY/WALKING DEAD/ONCE UPON A TIME

What do you hope readers take away from Doon
Believing in something and pursuing it with all your heart is the most terrifying thing you will ever do, but it will take you on unimaginable adventures and just might lead to your happily ever after!

Thank you ladies for giving us a peek at your writing system AND your offices!  Lorie you are amongst friends here with your favorite tv show – there’s a few Walking Dead fans around here!  

While I really really want my space to look like Lorie’s, inevitably, I have my own ‘I spy’ game going on with my desk.  You ladies rock! 

 

Carey's writing space - Inspy InterviewCarey’s Writing Space note: I can’t believe that I’m showing you my wreck of a writing space. But I thought that the authors who exist—and thrive—in chaos might appreciate the validation. I like to think of it like an I Spy picture book. I spy … five Doon Lego figures, a playbill from the my most recent Broadway series musical, a stuffed Kenna doll, wind chimes, a Doon coffee mug, a kalimba made from recyclables, one Scottish nutcracker, a Campbell County Public Library CONNECTIONS newsletter, a carriage fit for a princess, a Darth Vader Lego pen, the fantasy castle that inspired the Castle MacCrae, a KEEP CALM AND CROSS THE BRIDGE button, and a baggie of buttons. (Bonus points for finding the owl, sheep, spotted inchworm, beanie frog, and monkey.)

Lorie's desk

Lorie’s Writing Space note: I just finished remodeling our dining room into my dedicated office space—the first one I’ve ever had! But it’s unlikely it will stay looking this organized for long. 😉