An Interview with Corin Reyburn
If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
I would cook Schezwan food for Philip K. Dick. He probably wouldn’t like it.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
That I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and won’t be able to do justice to the story I’ve conceived in my mind once it’s out on the page. I remind myself that the story is already there, has existed, will always exist, and it’s simply a matter of allowing it to happen + hard work and discipline. The yin and yang of writing.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
Is Soren Kierkegaard a weird answer?
What books are on your nightstand?
The Island by Coleman Dowell, The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick, Affair by Nick Stokes, Dune.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
David Bowie. Communication technology. Lucid dreaming.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
I have a love and hate relationship with the em dash--it’s great for creating emphasis, but can be overused.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
I read every book I was supposed to read in high school. I might have skimmed a couple chapters in The Red Badge of Courage.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
My shower. It’s where ideas happen.
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
Dissatisfaction. Compulsion. Love. Energy. Change.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
You can make the impossible plausible.
CORIN REYBURN drifts through Southern California teaching a bit of this and coding a bit of that, and enjoys transmuting cosmic energy, cats more than people, and the use of unconventional instruments in rock n’ roll music. Corin holds a degree in Creative Writing and Critique from Oregon State University, and has work featured in places such as M-BRANE SF, Subtopian Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Jersey Devil Press, The Gateway Review, Free Focus, Silicon Valley Debug, Clutching at Straws, and Quantum Muse. Reyburn co-produces and curates the speculative fiction podcast SubverCity Transmit. Find more of Corin’s work at corinreyburn.com.
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