Name: Maria Corley
Lives in: Lancaster, Pa.
Family: two kids, Kiana and Malcolm
Writes: Women’s fiction
Day job: Musician – concert pianist, church music director, collaborator, music teacher. I also arrange music and contribute on occasion to Broad Street Review.
Titles of books you’ve written/sold: Choices (Kensington); Langston and Cecile
Website: www.mariacorley.com (music related, and in progress)
Facebook: Maria Thompson Corley
Favorite book: Impossible to pick. “Seabiscuit” and “The Namesake” were favorites, as was "Giovanni’s Room” and “Anna Karenina”
Favorite book character: See above.
Book you’ve learned the most from: The Bible (I know, I know...but it's true!)
If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be and what would you ask him/her? Honestly, I don’t have a dream date. I enjoy talking to all kinds of people, and it’s the talking to people that gives me things to write about. I feel awkward talking shop just to talk shop, frankly.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received: Kill your darlings. It’s hard to edit, at first, but it gets easier.
Finish these sentences:
I wish I...had more hours in the day. Then again, I’d probably just be more exhausted at bedtime! How about I wish I were more tech-savvy? Then again, that’s something I just need to figure out a time to do. So ... I wish this world weren’t so driven by the pursuit of the almighty dollar, at the expense of everything else.
If I knew...what I knew now when I was younger, I wouldn’t have been younger, I’d have been middle aged. Still, I wish there was a way to acquire wisdom without hard experience (hmmm....that looks a bit like the other question)!
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