Arby Corry has spent the last twenty-five years in the radio business. Performing every job from radio announcer, to program director, to commercial producer to copy writer, Arby gives voice to characters found just on the other end of the request line. Her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Stone, has received critical acclaim as well as delighting readers with its fresh approach. Arby believes in real characters, with real voices. And while a happy ending is always satisfying, she believes life has other plans. When not on the air or writing her follow-up to Heart-Shaped Stone, Arby enjoys spending time with her husband, children and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
1. At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head? I wish it weren’t true, but there are many ideas floating in my head, racing, more accurately. However, currently it’s all about the follow-up to Heart-Shaped Stone. This book wants, needs, no, requires, a follow-up and I’ve had many ask me when it’s on its way. Soon.
2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in? Comedy. I think I could likely do this as it’s sort of my background, having worked in the radio business for years and performed morning shows, but it takes great finesse and I really admire those who can do it right. The thing about writing comedy is it’s sort of like comics who perform on stage – either you’re really good at it, or you really shouldn’t have sold everything you own, moved to Hollywood and given up that pretty decent day job.
3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories? Well, the genre for Heart-Shaped Stone is all about Romantic Suspense. However, it didn’t start off that way. All I knew going in was that it was going to be a love story. I weren’t sure where we were going, or how we were going to get there, but I love a good love story and a complicated one all the more. My story just took the direction it was meant to have, I suppose. Do I think all stories should incorporate Romantic Suspense? No, just the ones I want to read!
4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself? Half of Heart-Shaped Stone was written (and this truly true) in a beach parking lot, adjacent to a lighthouse where I could watch the comings and goings of a Washington State Ferry. When it would rain, and that would be often, and I’d been in my car a while, I’d have to walk to the park’s restroom. It’d be nice to have one of those houses perched on the hillside right behind me in said beach parking lot - the ones with the plenteous windows overlooking the Sound. Yeah, that would work.
5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)? As much as it pains me to say, this is truly a Lifetime made for TV movie! I love that network, so why am I knocking it? I think that comes with “falling in love” with your story. I want the best for it and would hate to see it relegated to the Saturday night lineup just before that infomercial for pantyhose. I kid, but it really does fit the network – romance, suspense, intrigue, deception, it has Lifetime written all over it. The only exception, there is quite a steamy love scene in Heart-Shaped Stone and they’d either have to water that down or heavily edit. If not then we’re headed for HBO for sure!
6. Finally, tell us about your latest release! Caila, like most dreamers, just wants to be wanted. Unlike most dreamers, she's wanted by the CIA.
When the last decade of thirty-two year old Caila Domenici’s life disappears, destroyed in a car accident, she is forced to begin again. Defying doctor’s orders to slow-go-it, she sets out to navigate the world on her own. It's not going well. Coddled from birth, everything from a bus schedule to how to boil water confounds her. Worse yet, she's about to accept her meddling mother's offer to pay for food and rent. With just a hunch her talents extend beyond that of daughter of privilege, Caila searches for her past. Before she can find it, it finds her. And the handsome azure-eyed stranger who’s saying he knows her is somehow part of it.
Caila always believed there had to be more, but now, on the verge of discovering the truth, she must decide which is worse – never knowing who she really is, or knowing too much.
Reese was being too nice. Something was up - their deep conversation the night before, the bubble bath, the tea, turning down her bed and now breakfast? Caila wasn’t suspicious by nature, and in most cases trusted more than she should, but where Reese was concerned she dropped all pretenses and questioned his every move. He was much too calculating to not see opportunity in everything he did. Caila recognized that in him right away. Her mind was now churning with theories. Why, if he was up to something, would he be so blatant with this sudden kindness? Did he think she would not notice?
Then she imagined the most unexpected thing.
Maybe he wasn’t up to anything at all. Maybe this was another side to the man she detested right from the start. The invader, the man who came to make her life a living hell and push aside her father may not, after all, be the man she believed him to be. But even that theory was short lived. No, she thought, he has a motive.
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