We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Joy Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corinne, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Teamwork. Seek counsel when you need it and don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know everything. You can’t move forward without shortening the learning curve. Find out who has the answers to your urgent questions and go get them. Using the experts in your field may cost upfront but it’s how you win in the long run. These relationships are often long-term and help build your credibility. They may lead to patrons, supporters, mentors, partners and friendships. Mine have.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a writer for more than 20 years. Tackling my first novel changed my life as I discovered my own ability to be a storyteller and got picked up by a major literary agency. Practice makes perfect and with each ensuing book, my work grew stronger, making me an award-winning writer. I freelanced for two decades as well, covering stories for various magazines mainly focused on the West-it’s leaders, artists, cattlemen, and cowboys. It pays to specialize. People learned my name. I’ve learned that you need to be committed to your craft, be your best own advocate, and be passionate about your work. If you’re not, no one else will be either. Today, I’m learning all about publishing and handling my work from conception through distribution. It’s more than exciting. I’m also a frequent public speaker about several topics that I’ve written about and I also teach a kid’s art class, pulling from my first career as an art teacher. It’s great fun to see it all come together.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver is my home town and I have lots of favorite places. We’d have dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange for starters to get a taste of the Old West, or maybe at The Fort to get grounded in history. A visit to Red Rocks or all the way down to Garden of the Gods, followed by a drink at the bar at the Broadmoor would be in order. In town, we’d go for great Mexican food on the patio at the Emerald Isle, a biker bar on Parker Road overlooking the Cherry Creek dam. We’d spend a day at the Denver Art Museum, have tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, and hang out in Larimer Square for fun. A dinner at Corinne’s restaurant downtown, of course. A visit to the remodeled bank building now the Rennaisance Marriott hotel to see the murals by Alan Tupper True is on the list, as is the Museum of Nature and Science in City Park. Maybe catch an Imax screening. We’d have a shopping day in Cherry Creek North and also head out to the outlet stores in Castle Rock. Finally, a visit to the Source Hotel and River North Arts district for some great Israeli cuisine at Safta has to fit in there somewhere. A tour of the RINO galleries is important too! If there’s time, a morning on the Boulder Mall is another must.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Nancy Sachs and the Platte Valley Pony Club, current partners in my newest book series, “Awesome Art Activities for Horse Lovin’ Kids”. Couldn’t have done it without them! In addition, my friend and supreme illustrator, Ginny McDonald, whose talents brought my last book “Finding Home” to life and will continue to do so as we continue to create new books together.
Photo by Claire Lewis Corinne shown with Lloyd Lewis, CEO Arc Thrift stores and host at Tattered Cover book signing for book debut “Why Not Them”