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Monday, May 28, 2012

Author of the Week, Corey A. Burkes, Interview

Corey A. Burkes


About the Author:


Author Corey A. Burkes is known for his intensive storytelling and emotionally connected, page-turning style of writing that builds suspense and thrills straight through to the end of the novel. He has received great reviews for the first Butta' novel when it was first released in 2007 and they continued in the re-release in 2012 as an eBook. His short suspense horror story, Scratch, has also received stellar reviews for his ability to bring the suspense to each reader personally. Burkes is a new and rapidly growing, smart and original storyteller of 2012 and for years to come. He is also an art, animator and inventor and professional tickler of his four-year-old daughter's toes.

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Interview with Corey A. Burkes 

Holly: Hi Corey! Thank you for being here as FMB Author of the Week! You’re out demon hunting (because you’re that kind of awesome) and you come across one about to kill a young couple. He has not seen you yet; what is your first course of action?


Corey A. Burkes: Jump on his back and stab it in the neck, telling the couple to 'get the F' out of here", upon which they do NOT leave and pull out their cell phones to put me on YouTube where they get a lot of views watching me slay a demon. It's a mess, I win, but the comments I'm getting on YouTube are disturbing. I tell ya. Who out there can slay a demon with a 'spork' (one of those spoon forks from school). Huh? Anybody? I get no respect.


Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and its about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?


Corey A. Burkes: I kick my children off the ship and into an awaiting getaway craft, then go back in to rescue the others because I don't want my children to see me massacre a few henchmen. This is where the fun begins: no holds barred neck snapping and stealth with time running out.


Holly: Would you tell us, when did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?


Corey A. Burkes: I was five years old and I was taken to movies by my mother because she didn't have babysitting. This was the 70's and ratings were just being taking seriously. So I'm sitting there watching The Exorcist and then eventually Star Wars and I knew I wanted to make people feel like I did.


Holly: Who or what influenced your writing once you began?


Corey A. Burkes: Movies, movies, movies. My writing is visual because I want to make movies. Until i can afford it, I write novels.


Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your novel Butta'?


Corey A. Burkes: The Butta' series is my first completed novel back in 2007, now an eBook in 2012 and the continuing series is following. It's about the core character, Butta', a nickname, who is growing into a life that was made for her when her family is murdered. While all that action takes place between the first two books, the series asks the question: what do action heroes do once the revenge is fulfilled or not? When your entire life evolves around one goal, then what? Much that follows is her adjusting to 'regular' life that turns out to be far from regular. in many ways, you just can't go back to a life you never had.


Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?


Corey A. Burkes: The plot. In my head, I always see things in a "it would be cool if X did Y and then Z happened." Then I would flesh it out and then need to add characters to fill the gaps. Often, by interchanging characters of gender and even race, you enhance the story by bringing either a female or male point of view to the plot. Or even a cultural view to a plot. For instance, take Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. What would happen if the Tom Cruise character was a female? What if that female was Asian or middle eastern? Automatically, it becomes multi-dimensional because inherently different genders and races bring a different take, route, direction, answer to the same old ways of thinking. This is why a lot of my lead characters are women. Additionally, that's why they are multi-cultural because Its a wellspring of possibilities.


Holly: Is this the first novel you ever wrote or just the first published?


Corey A. Burkes: First novel (over 100 pages) that I wrote and the first published. Yay! But trust me, i had loads of short stories and scripts rejected in the past.


Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?


Corey A. Burkes: Not sure, but the original story was written in the early 90's with a male lead character. By 2006, i made the character a female and here she is today. Wisest choice I ever made because I think a lot of women have connected to her and the other characters regardless of her race. Unlike most books with lead female characters, sex is not her focus or what she uses or does. she's focused and determined to accomplish one goal and I think that's why many women identified with her. So, that said, my mother has to be the inspiration. At least when I was younger. All she ever did was work to take care of me and keep the roof over our head. These days, things are different, but I think I should mention that.


Holly: Where can we purchase Butta'?


Corey A. Burkes: Butta' can be purchased exclusively on Amazon. The next novel in the sequel, Butta: Worldwide, will be available May 22nd.


Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?


Corey A. Burkes: Surrree! I'm on a one a month run and I already have five out so I'm ahead by one. More episodes of the Leslie Road Detective Mysteries. One more Butta novel by year's end. The long awaited 40 to go novel. Two horror novels, one of them a very uniquely written one I can't tell about. LOL.


Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?


Corey A. Burkes: At the moment, as of this writing, the Money Plane story and editing various stories. Oh! Working on plenty of animation to serve as my book trailers.


Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?


Corey A. Burkes: Of course. I'm a genre switch hitter. First thrillers, then a suspense horror, science fiction is my first love, but there will be twinges of thrillers in that. Young Adult is the detective mystery series, but YA is confusing to me. It's based on age, but it seems it also stands for vampires and magic, which in my day use to mean Tolkien and Piers Anthony, but whatever. I can do a vampire story also. In fact, I have a few of them in the wings.


Holly: Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?


Corey A. Burkes: My first publishing deal was with Skyelight Literature back in 2007. A small company with little money, but my novel helped put them on the map. We sold quite a few books and got great reviews, but the lack of money couldn't push the book or any other author they wanted too far so eventually they crashed just as the second novel came out. That was in 2009. I kind of hit a depression about that till 2011 when I decided to do it again on my own. Especially now that ebooks were taking off. I officially started by re-printing the first book as an ebook to get over that hump and I haven't looked back since. Butta' has been floating on Amazon in rank between 12,000 and 26,000 out of over a million and I'm happy with that considering I'm relatively new and it's only been a couple of months. I know better than anyone that this sort of thing doesn't happen for everyone. Part of my appreciation for working closely with Skyelight is I realize what it took to get a book marketed: from cover to the sale so when I came out in 2012, I put myself in a better position than when I started by doing better things with the cover and how I presented myself and the work.


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?


Corey A. Burkes: It's a joy to write for them. I enjoy enlightening, thrilling and giving my readers that moment to escape into something fun.


Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?


Corey A. Burkes: I hate to sound like a dunce, but I don't read too much with a full plate of writing to do. Not that I merge stories or anything, just the time I have to read i could be writing...or tickling my daughter's toes. She's four years old and that's a full time job, you know.

Random Quickies!

Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?


Corey A. Burkes: Vamwolves or WerePires


Holly: Witches or Zombies?


Corey A. Burkes: Witches. Hands down.


Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)


Corey A. Burkes: Psych


Holly: Fangs or Fur?


Corey A. Burkes: Fangs. Women love fangs. Fur...PETA will getcha


Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?


Corey A. Burkes: EBook because I'm here today because of them


Holly: Black or pink?


Corey A. Burkes: Black ...because it's beautiful. I also like pink but I'mma guy! LOL


Holly: Favorite author?


Corey A. Burkes: Daphine Glenn Robinson


Holly: Favorite book?


Corey A. Burkes: In Broad daylight, by Seth  Harwood


Holly: Horror or romance?


Corey A. Burkes: Aren't they the same? In my life it is ... whoa is me


Holly: Favorite movie?


Corey A. Burkes: Star Wars


Holly: Favorite book to movie?


Corey A. Burkes: The Stand

Holly: Cats or dogs?


Corey A. Burkes: Dogs or the mythical 'Dats'


 

Books by Corey A. Burkes

Butta' Series

#1: Butta'
#2: Worldwide

Detective Mysteries series

#1: Toasted!
#2: Money Plane



Scratch - Short story suspense horror - Series - #1

Single Titles

Emotionally Compromising
Gravity Gone




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