Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: I started reading at a young age, around 4. So I probably cried while reading The Yearling, Old Yeller, and other tearjerker novels for kids. But the first one I remember distinctly was Gone with the Wind. I would read that book in bed, under the covers, with a flashlight, long after I had been told "lights out." At some point, I would slide the paperback into my night table drawer, turn off the flashlight, and curl up under the covers to cry. The destruction of that war, brother fighting against brother, families torn apart, the young soldiers bloodied and starved. So much loss! It's a heartbreaking account of what war can do to people, a community, a country.
I've cried while reading many novels since, but not like that one. Maybe I was too young for it, because it tore my heart out. And I've been a pacifist ever since.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A: Where to begin? Like every industry, in book publishing there are shortcuts, cheats, and outright shams perpetrated by those in power and those attempting to usurp some of that power. Over the years, I've worked with the big publishing companies like Random House and Penguin, and with tiny mom and pop presses. I've found most of the people to be passionate, devoted believers in traditional books and innovators with the new digital possibilities. So I am not pointing a finger at anyone I've worked with. However, there's a lot of hanky-panky going on in publishing.
With traditional publishers, the C-suite decides which books will be bestsellers, then they pay for that to happen—with heavy investment in early advertising, bookstore placements, massive numbers of free books for reviews, special deals for top reviewers. With online outlets like Amazon, publishers (and authors) with cash to spend will buy up their own books to keep their rankings competitive. This skews all the rankings, making them unreliable.
I don't like to talk about how the deck is stacked in publishing. Because if you're a writer, you write. No matter what the obstacles are with publishing your work.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A: Both. After a long day in front of the computer, I'm totally drained. So I go for a walk and appreciate the dwindling sunlight or approaching storm clouds, the blanket of humidity or bite of chill in the air. Then I feel pretty good and, with a decent night's sleep, I know I'll be ready to sit down at the desk again.
Q: So tell us a little about your book.
A: Me Go Mango is actually two novellas which my publisher decided to re-release together as a single book. The two novellas are: 1. Me Go Mango; and 2. Dream Job.
Me Go Mango features a rollicking reunion of four college girlfriends who are dealing with a variety of midlife crises. They meet in small town Vermont for a weekend of secrets spilled like wine and issues needing to be resolved. A hot chef at a nearby restaurant provides some steam.
Dream Job has been called strange and bizarre, with good reason. After Adrianna starts her new job at a weird software company called DreamCorp International, she begins to have starkly realistic dreams. Some feature her sexy and mysterious boss, others feel like dangerous stalkings by an old boyfriend. Then her boss instructs her to get in the rooftop hot tub for a software demo…
Both novellas are quick reads so I won't say more. But there's humor, romance, and some unpredictable twists in each story. Hopefully, readers will enjoy them.
About the Author
Mickey J Corrigan
Mickey J Corrigan
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes tropical noir with a dark humor. Novels include Project XX about a school shooting (Salt Publishing, UK, 2017) and What I Did for Love, a spoof of Lolita (Bloodhound Books, UK, 2019).
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