Nanowrimo Spotlight: Cory Beal


Good evening! Tonight, I’m interviewing Cory. You can find Cory’s website here. Cory, how long have you been participating in Nano?


This is my 5th time doing NaNo. I think the biggest difference for me this time is just the challenges of finding the time to write with three little ones running around the house. Finding the time is always the biggest challenge for me (as well as a lot of people, probably most).

I actually started out doing NaNo for the first time in 2010. My wife knew I had been wanting to write a book for a long time and I had started, but never finished one, so she bought me this book, No Plot? No Problem, and that’s when I found out aboutNaNo. I signed up right away and have loved doing it every year since.

What are you writing about this year?
This year I’m doing a sci-fi adventure novel about a guy named J.J. Collins who is in the middle of his 13th life; every time he dies he wakes up again and starts all over as a kid and each time the world around him is different. He doesn’t know why it’s happening to him and he doesn’t really care, mainly he just wants to find the one person who he fell in love with during his first life.

What is your favorite movie – you have to pick just one!
Star Wars – I remember being a kid and watching the original trilogy over and over, we didn’t have cable, but we had a VCR and the 3 Star Wars movies on VHS, so that’s what I’d watch. I still love watching them, but I think the first, Episode IV: A New Hope, is my favorite.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
Just keep plugging away at that keyboard. The thing I learned about NaNo is that even you don’t finish, if you don’t reach the 50k words, you still end the month having written a lot more than you probably would have otherwise, so it’s still a win. Of course, the whole point is to win, to get that magic number, to reach your goal and conquer the mountain. My advice is still the same – just keep writing – it’s the only way to win! Write everywhere – waiting at the doctor’s office, on your lunch break, early in the morning or late at night, whenever works for you. With the technology we have now it’s to write on your smartphone or tablet and have the app sync to your home computer, so there’s not really the excuse of not being able to work on your novel when you are away from home – you should always be working on your novel.

Sneaky Ninja question! What’s your hobby horse?
I’m honestly not sure what a ‘hobby horse’ is…

If you are asking my biggest hobby is outside of writing, the most obvious answer would probably be reading or watching movies – I’m a big movie buff, I love watching the new ones in theaters and the classics. When I was completing my Master’s at Full Sail the course of study included film analysis and critique, which I absolutely loved, so I always find myself analyzing the films I watch now. The same kind of thing can also be applied to writing novels, because in the end we are talking about telling stories.

Space_Devils_Cover_for_KindleWhen an alien ship crash lands near the remote Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, nearly killing two young Air Force members they are propelled into events that will forever change the history of the world and the galaxy. After rescuing the surviving alien (a beautiful human-looking female creature named Eydis), the young Airmen are placed back on guard duty, which puts them in position to save the Earth when the evil creatures that shot down Eydis’ ship arrive and attack Earth.

They join forces with a special agent and a pair of scientists sent to study the aliens as they flee for their lives. The red devils of space follow them tirelessly with near unlimited numbers of soldiers. Having disabled all of Earth’s technology the invading alien force seems to hold every advantage.

The survivors put into action a desperate plan that may be their only hope of survival. But for the plan to work the group of survivors must stay one step ahead of the invading alien forces as they flee through the vast Alaskan forest.

Space Devils is available in multiple formats and across multiple sales channels, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Store, and Kobo.

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