Corinne O’Flynn is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado and wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She’s the author of The Expatriates fantasy series and the Half Moon Girls crime novellas. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. She is a scone aficionado, has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy.
When she isn’t writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. You can find her online at her website, Facebook, or Twitter.
She was our guest judge in The Airplane Battle and now it’s time for her to answer our eight questions.
1. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? What was it about?
I don’t remember the first story I wrote, though I bet it would have been about squirrels. I absolutely love squirrels and imagine that I wrote endless adventures about the city squirrels (I grew up in the Bronx) and their trials going to Catholic school. Each new episode (I would have published this as a serial, I am sure) would feature my furry heroes in their attempts to foil the squirrel nuns in their latest plot to control all the squirrel children.
2. What word do you hate?
Hmmm. Hate’s a strong word… I have several peeves where words are concerned, but I can’t say that I hate any one word. I dislike and have deep remorse about the dictionary adding ‘figuratively’ as a definition of literally. However, I do have a favorite word: Mondegreen, which I love more for its origin story than anything else.
3. If an octoshark fought a zombie dinosaur in a bear pit, who would win?
Octoshark, without a doubt. Zombie dinosaurs, in my world, are rotting and decaying as they shamble about with their tiny arms, so it’s really no contest. Eight simultaneous bites from my octoshark and that dino would be in pieces. Though, would the bites contaminate my octoshark? It’s a dilemma…
4. What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever tried?
I would have to say kangaroo meat. Not necessarily weird, but it felt exotic to this American. It was served seared like ahi tuna and it was actually pretty good. I’ve also eaten an earthworm (on a dare) and a beetle (by accident).
5. Where do you find inspiration?
I have a wandering mind, and find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas come to me from dreams, from the news, from reading, and listening to my kids tell stories and explain how they view the world.
6. Who is your nemesis?
The person who created Netflix. I haven’t watched TV in years, and enjoyed an incredible level of productivity as a result. But now I can binge-watch entire seasons of television… this is not a good thing for the procrastinator in me.
7. What is your favorite bad movie?
Not sure I would be able to claim a favorite movie as a bad movie… I mean, if I loved it… Just like books, that’s a subjective thing. Judging from my recent attempts to share some “oldies” with my kids, I would have to say that Clue fell short. But I think Clue’s a fabulous movie, so it doesn’t fit the criteria. Maybe the Jaws sequels? I couldn’t get enough of those! Or Attack of the Killer Tomatoes… but again, if I loved it, how can it also say it’s bad? (Editor’s Note: These are all fantastic movies. I can not believe how much Al’s movie taste has shifted that bar for me)
8. What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of the wind through pine trees. I am recently back from a camping trip with one of my sons and there were several times during our trip when I just stopped and closed my eyes in order to listen to the wind. It sounds like clarity and simplicity and acts like a tonic.