Writing is a very important part of my life. When it comes to new authors, I take a very special interest in them. I was interested to find out more about, Shawn Corey, because he works as a team with his wife. I was happy to sit down with the duo and get to know the authors behind the pen.
Shawn Corey (pen name) is a 31 year old black male who, at the age of 18, caught 15 years back in 2001. His release date isn’t until summer 2015. Basically, he uses writing as a way to keep from sitting by wasting time and opportunity. He doesn’t have much of a literary background, other than the fact that he was born to write and that he loves and lives to do it.
Dorian Stevens a.k.a. “Shante” is a 28 year old female who’d, had a thing for Shawn since they were kids, and so she took a leap of faith and married the man of her dreams. She was an All-American basketball player who, due to injury, stopped playing sports and now coaches instead. She too doesn’t have much of a literary background, other than the fact that She and Shawn used to write short stories to each other, envisioning their life after his release, and talking about the things they’d experienced. From that, this dynamic duo decided to weave their ideas into books. This is their story:
Sheri: Where do your ideas come from?
Shawn and Dorian: A lot of times we just think them up using personal experiences of our own or someone else’s. Maybe we’ll come across something we read and take another angle at it. Mostly, though, our stories are close to us, simple life experiences embellished to the point of interest. Things that everyday people can relate to.
Sheri: How do you deal with writer’s block?
Shawn and Dorian: We deal with writer’s block, like we deal with all haters; ignore them! If we get stuck with writing, we move on to the next part of the book mentally, because, and we think this is normal, most of our books are written in our heads first, chapter by chapter, before we put it on paper. Of course, I don’t mean word for word, but the foundation more or less. We’re constantly discussing ideas of what we feel will grab reader’s attention.
Sheri: What are your thoughts on reviews?
Shawn and Dorian: We’re motivated by both good and bad reviews (though we haven’t had a bad review yet). As artists/authors it’s normal for us to be a bit sensitive about our work and we are to a degree. Because our work is a reflection of us, we feel that if you don’t like our work, then you don’t like us. I doubt most people think that way, it’s just our train of thought, we use that to remain motivated.
Sheri: What are your goals for your writing career?
Shawn and Dorian: We want to be ‘That Author/Artist;’ the crème dele crème of the urban fiction game.
Sheri: What are you working on now?
Shawn and Dorian: A suspense thriller entitled “Hello Luv” and it’s kicking our ass. However, with so many urban stories being the same (not knocking anybody) we try to challenge ourselves to stick out a little bit. The finish product will be worth it though, it’s not as fast paced as most urbans, but the ending will justify the means. We are also working on a two-part book entitled “Death Struck Vol.1” and this book is going to be powerful.
Sheri: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your literacy background?
Shawn and Dorian: We are a husband and wife team, who married November 22, 2011.
Sheri: Do you read much? Who are your favorite authors?
Shawn and Dorian: We don’t read as much as we used to, because at one point in time, there were a lot of bad stories out there. The last book we read was Kia Payne’s Paper, Promises, & Punishment 1&2 and they were very good books. Ashley Antoinette & Ja’Quavis Coleman are good, Kia Payne, Sista Soulja; that’s about it.
Sheri: What’s the hardest thing about writing for you?
Shawn and Dorian: Because Shawn is in prison he doesn’t have a laptop, cpu…he literally writes everything, and he says it can be painful, at times, to try and meet our personal deadlines. It’s often a struggle; sending mail back and forth, things being rejected by the prison, post office late on deliveries, etc…We get it done though. We don’t accept excuses, therefore we don’t give any.
The authors can be reached at facebook.com/shantestevens & facebook.com/collie.stevens.7
Sheri Henry-Harrigan started writing at the age of twelve as an outlet for depression. In March 2012 her first project Tales of the Broken Hearted was published. Since then she has penned several titles. She started writing strictly urban fiction. Her most recent work, The Imperfect Love Series is more geared toward the romance genre. As she continues on with her writing career, she plans to move into the crime fiction and thriller genres. Besides writing she is pursing her other passion of becoming a lawyer. Sheri lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.