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What was the worst thing about Coryburn Girls?


Feeling guilty because the characters didn’t. They do some pretty selfish things, and I would think to myself as I wrote “my gosh she’s such a cow” or “man you are a complete douche get some morals”. But even though they don’t see it they take control over their life, their actions and their world and they just escalate it cruely.


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Whats the best thing about Coryburn Girls Skimming the surface?


It isn’t necessarily  good versus evil. Or from the good guys perspective. The good tend to die young especially when their lives are always at the mercy of dark egos. Not having to fight the evil, it was instead more the bad trying to survive, trying to feel more alive, like they never belonged to this world. The more extremes that you experience the less of a rush, the less adrenalin kicks that make you achieve the rush of feeling alive. For example, go bungee jumping every week for a year. At first it’s “yeah this is great I feel so alive” but it will turn over time, it will become more “oh this again”. It is good to change things up once and a while so you don’t feel stagnant in even the most exhilarating circumstances.

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Why choose the bad side?


Well that is simple. Because it was fun. Yep you read that right because it was fun.

Choosing the bad side perspective for once gave me a chance to try something new and different. To write with an almost predatory perspective instead of the prey.

With it I could explore the world in a different manner completely. I could walk as a character that doesn’t carry guilt and remorse or even conscience as  a burden. It was strange at first, but it seemed to become easier to write but harder to want to see more into the darkness of their world, the cause and effect of their actions and motivations and therefore their emotional responses were very different from my own.

As a whole the journey became harder, it was certainly exhilarating but I would happily look at the less then average world about me now with a sense, of “thank God I don’t allow myself to be that person”. I think that the darkness of the alter ego came as a hugely personal challenge that has enabled me to question my own choices that much harder.

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Who did I most enjoy writing character wise?

Although I would love to say my alter ego Annabella, who I had originally intended to name Annabellarose, but found the name incredibly frustrating to write every single time, I have to say, it’s Kayetelynn even if the spelling induces that red squiggly line from hell that brands you an idiot for not being able to spell.

Kayetelynn was a reflective alter ego of a very cherished friends, their own dark side alter ego. Kayetelynn pronounced like the average Caitlynn has her own brand of questionable morals. She had the happy go lucky cushion of innocence  tainted with that dark fog of being obviously pretty. I found it fun interacting with the character, testing her because I couldn’t always tell what was the truth or the lie with her. Kayetelynn is the fun flip side of a coin that is along for the ride. She is absolutely brilliant.

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What about the best friend?


Ah! Tarron! He is so sweet and nice. I feel so bad for him having friends like them. But he is such a good guy its unfortunate he has fallen in with a bad crowd. But it happens to the best and the worst.

Tarron is actually based on a few of my friends, they seemed to all get combined in a giant mixer with their goodness and it came out as it is one guy. It is such a huge shame. Tarron has been friends with the girls for years he has watched them grow up into beautifully unique women. He has seen the glimpses of goodness in them, and as it can be easy to do when you are lonely, he has ignored the bad in them.

Tarron is such a darling, he is plain, not in a bad way. But if he was a candy he would be a marshmallow; ok on his own but better served with naughty extras. That’s fine by him, because all he wants is a very normal, very ordinary life, it suits him because it’s what he has always known growing up.

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What about the parents?


I found Chrystyne and Eustace Coryburn a lot of fun.

There is a hint of a cult-ish behaviour, but to be honest, due to their eccentricities I could easily imagine them to have a strange interest in the darkest corners of the BDSM circuit but I couldn’t be cruel to “out” them like that in the book itself, its their personal secret.

I absolutely love the relationship and bond that the pair have its very intense. If i sat in the room with them I would feel very uncomfortable. They have the strange energy produced by their natural, predatory demeanor that settles heavily in the air like a thick perfume that lingers long after the wearer is gone. That and their intimacy and affection for each other exceeds what would could be classed as common place.

I absolutely love the scenes they appear in, and construct absolutely bewitching alpha type personalities. Which often clashes with their two daughters causing some of that fun disfucntionality in their relationship and their battles of wits and wills.

Coryburn Girls Secrets

All girls have their secrets, here’s some just for you.


What was the most enjoyable part of Coryburn Girls Skimming the Surface to write?


Well, Skimming the Surface, was of course a new adventure. But out of writing it, I found I loved the beginning the most. When telling the story, trying to find the words to those pictures, it can sometimes feel almost overwhelmingly impossible. The beginning feels like it is almost impossible and of course this gives me the most daunting challenge. I think that personally I will always love a beginning because it carries my energy and anticipation to tell the story I can never get out of my mind.

This gives me a chance to try new techniques and goals.

The Coryburn Girls Skimming the Surface is the first in a series of three shorts. It carries the beginning of the story, to really start to unravel secrets, lies and discoveries. I loved writing almost every scene with bad behaviour and sassy dialogue. It has enabled me to tap into wit and honesty in a new way that I loved experimenting with.