September 14th, 2018
I asked Corry where he would like to interview:
Bavaria, Germany during Oktoberfest in present time, in the Fall. I’m wearing a long, white-sleeved shirt with no tie. Long black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes. We’re set in the back of a crowded bar, with authentic German beer put in front of us. The barista is wearing long, white-stockings, knee-length brown dress, a white puffy shirt, with long-flowing, golden pigtails, and a smile that lights up the entire room. The smell of freshly-baked cookies, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and lightly-dashed perfume coming off the lady patrons.
Laura Mae: Hey Corry! How are you doing on this fine day?
Corry R. Heppler: I’m doing really good, actually! Kicking it at the comic store.
L: Good to hear! Any good comics out right now?
C: Of mine? Just the “Taxi Cab Joe” one. Although I’m looking to buy some Punisher issues. How are you doing, Laura?
L: I’m fabulous, Corry, thanks for asking! Oh yeah! I saw the art of the Taxi Cab Joe. It looks awesome!
C: Thank you!
L: Would you mind telling me a little bit about that?
C: Joe is an intergalactic bounty hunter, who’s working for the Galactic Government Alliance, bringing in alien mob bosses, and getting paid for it.
L: That sounds badass! Where did you get that idea from? Alien mob bosses sounds super fun, by the way. Haha!
C: I derived the idea from a combination between Fifth Element and Blade Runner.
L: Ohh I love the Fifth Element! From the cab he drove in the beginning? That’s awesome!
C: Bruce Willis is an outstanding actor!
L: He really is. 🙂 So, how long have you been writing for and drawing too, while were at it!
C: Oh I don’t draw. I suck at that. Lol! I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old.
L: Oh, I’m sorry, I guess I just assumed you drew them as well. Pardon my ignorance. Haha! Since 13 is a long time! Since you don’t draw, what made you decide to write for comic books? Most of my guests do books, so I’m very curious. 🙂
C: You’re good. No worries. I kept on looking at comics and thinking “I could do that!” My friend was writing for a comic company, and I decided to pitch my idea to them, and it stuck.
L: That’s so cool! How long have you been writing for them?
C: 2 years and running.
L: Have you ever explored other types of writing, like a book?
C: I’m writing my novel right now. It’s just been a slow process, because I’ve just been picked up by my company, to write an original series.
L: Nice! You have so many opportunities! What would say is your favorite part of writing?
C: The conceptualization process. Putting the ideas together, to bring the project to life.
L: It’s such an amazing feeling!
C: It really is! And to know that someday when your project is out someone else will be reading it is also amazing.
L: Exactly! That’s all we writers only really want!
L: Do you have a writing process at all? Anything you have to have around you to work?
C: I need inspiration, so I have comics that I love with me all the time while I write. Oh and coffee! Lol
L: I can just picture your entire desk lined in comics! Sounds neat! And of course, can’t forget the coffee!
C: Oh it is.
L: Do you have a favorite literary character or comic book character? And why?
C: Favorite literary character of mine is Huckleberry Finn. He’s funny, imaginative, and knows how to get the job done.
L: Ooh great choice! Do you want to pick a favorite comic book character, too? 🙂
C: Sure. Wolverine. He’s stubborn, enigmatic, and cares for his friends. He’s helped his friends out in so many battles: on and off the battlefield.
L: Yes! Wolverine!! He is truly a badass, and all those other things you said. 🙂
L: What about music? Do you ever use it help spark ideas or for other means?
C: All the time! I listen to music to fuel the writer’s muse.
L: What kind of music would that be?
C: Indie Folk music, heavy metal, classical music, movie soundtracks.
L: Oh, quite a variety. I like that! Something for every mood.
L: What has been the most challenging thing for you so far? As far as working for a comic book store or even personal writing struggles?
C: All the vulgarities in my writing. Lol! My characters have quite the mouth.
L: Are you not a vulgar person?
C: I try not to be. My Tourette’s has a way of running away from me though. Lol
L: Oh no! So, does your writing kind of act as an outlet then?
C: It does, yes. Lol
L: That’s good! What would you say is your least favorite word? Vulgar or not.
C: The ‘C’ word. It’s gross and not a word I’d put in my writing.
L: Totally agree! I can’t stand that word either! It’s so distasteful.
C: I’m glad you agree. 🙂 I’ll use all the other vulgarities on the table though.
L: Haha! Good to know! Besides writing and shouting obscenities, what do you like to do in your spare time?
C: I’m a gamer at heart. Plus I love hiking, libraries, and eating loads of sushi.
L: Oh wow! We’re like the same person! Haha!
C: I’m okay with that! 🙂
L: Favorite video game?
C: Castlevania series.
L: Because of the awesome graphics? 😛
C: And the chronological history intertwined within the entire franchise. And the awesome graphics, yes.
L: That’s really cool. That’s hard to do.
C: It is because you’re factoring in an entire history’s worth of badass characters.
L: Very true! I’ve never played it myself, but I know people who have and they are hardcore fans. Alright Corry! Last question! What is the one thing you want to tell all aspiring writers out there? One thing to remember?
C: Keep on writing and don’t give up! Also write for you and no one else.
L: I agree! Write for yourself! Well thank you so much for talking with me today, Corry!
C: Thank you, Laura for this awesome opportunity!
L: You’re very welcome! 🙂
My name is Corry R. Heppler, and I live and reside in St. George, Utah. I grew reading Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and other great authors. I also have been known to dabble in writing Gothic poetry and short stories as well.
The Adventures of Taxi Cab Joe #1 – A writer of poetry, short stories, sonnets, and haikus Corry has been writing and publishing works since his High school news papers. You can read his 48 short stories on the StoryFire app.
His strongest influences are Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickensen, Emily Dickensen, Robert Frost, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, H.G. Wells, Stephen King, and Anne Rice…these voices have amalgamated in the brain of this eclectic writer and his showcased thru his works.