This week we caught up with Corwyn Alvarez, fiction writer and part time philosopher, to learn a bit more about the man behind the novel. Based over the pond, Corwyn is one of the many international authors we have had the joy of working with.
Tell us a bit about you...
I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. I studied philosophy in university and accepted a Civil Service position where I have worked for many years. Additionally, I have taught philosophy as an adjunct professor for several years.
I am also blessed that my mother is still alive and I have one brother who is twelve years younger than me and is an admirable man.
What first inspired you to start writing?
I began writing short stories and poetry in middle school, in large part as a result of the inspiration I derived from reading Edgar Allan Poe who was my first literary influence.
What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?
When I was seeking out publishers, Rowanvale seemed like the best choice because of its reasonable cost and the high quality of its books.
It was important for me to publish Lenten Rose because it is a very personal book that pays tribute to my girlfriend who died several years ago.
When you're not writing what are you reading?
I tend to read C.S. Lewis, Stephen Crane, Jack London, and John Keats, as well as ancient Greek and modern philosophy.
What work are you most proud of?
I am most proud of Lenten Rose because of its honest content and the beauty of the cover.
What's your best advice for handling writers block?
It's been my experience that writing should not be forced. When you have something to say (from the heart) it generally flows without issue. I do not envy writers who are a cottage industry because generally such writers are forced to either repeat themselves or write something that they are not pleased with.
What's one thing you always have with you when you're writing?
In my case, I don't have something (an object) that is always with me, but my one constant when I write is that I do so outdoors. I derive both comfort and inspiration from nature.
What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?
During this period of quarantine/lock down I have discovered that my go to book during such times of isolation is the Bible.
What's the best part of being an independently published author?
The best part about being an independent author is having more input in how the book turns out. However, with Rowanvale I have also been pleasantly surprised by their high level of care and interest in promoting both the book and the author.
What's next for you?
In all honesty, I haven't a clue. I think I have one more book in me, but only time will tell!