Corinna Underwood, Author Interview

Corinna Underwood

Tell me a bit about yourself.

I grew up in central England in a city called Stoke-on-Trent, but I’ve lived in several different parts of England and also in Wales for a time. I settled America in 2000 and I am happy to stay. I love the southern climate and hospitality.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was eight years old I decided I wanted to be a writer, and I talked my parents into buying me a typewriter. I used to sit in my father’s garden shed at weekends an write away. That’s where I wrote my first novel, when I was fourteen.

What books have influenced your life most?

This is a tough question because there have been so many. The first that spring to mind are Little Big by John Crowley, The Waves by Virginia Wolf and A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Richard Bachman’s The Regulators, The Savage Garden by Mark Mills and The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and other stories by Charles Bukowski.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to read, watch old movies and spend time outdoors walking with my dog Laszlo.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere. Reading other books, watching and listening to people, my dreams. I think  you have to be able to draw on all available resources.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

Then I would like to be an anthropologist.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a novel called Elsewhere. It’s a magical realism adventure into lives and deaths of the folk who live on an island that is the doorway between the mortal realm and that of a much more ancient race.

 A Walk On The Darkside

Pearl Blackthorn is a novelist and investigative reporter for Darkside paranormal magazine. Armed with her digital recorder and accompanied by her friend and photographer Harry Raymond, Pearl is sent by her editor J.J Benson - affectionately known as Benny - to the four corners of Great Britain, (and sometimes further), to investigate stories of spirits and specters, demons and doppelgangers, prophecy and possession. The problem is, Pearl doesn’t believe in the supernatural; her creative imagination is tempered by a strong skepticism. She is immovable on her stand that there is always a simple, rational explanation behind every report of paranormal activity. But Pearl soon realizes that the intricacies of paranormal events are often far from simple and not always rational. This is the first book in the Pearl Blackthorn series.

Uprooted from the heart of England and transplanted in America twelve years ago, Corinna Underwood has been sowing seeds of imagination ever since. She enjoys combining her fascination for the paranormal with mystery, history and folklore. Corinna is also the author of Haunted History of Atlanta and North Georgia and Murder and Mystery in Atlanta.

Here is the link to my website


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