Corey’s love for words began at six years old when she heard her older brother memorizing a poem for school called Trees by Joyce Kilmer. The words were short, simple, rhythmic—the message clear, even for a six-year-old like her.
As a young child, she spent most days battling with asthma. Some nights, she would lie awake struggling to breathe. Unable to sleep, drawing was her distraction—her refuge until the wee hours of the morning, often falling asleep with a pencil or a crayon still in hand.
At fourteen, she wrote her first poem. Words carefully produced and alloyed together—scribbled on a lined sheet of paper during class. An experience that made her discover a void within herself she wasn’t aware was even there. Writing made her whole. Weeks later, poetry filled her notebooks. Some short, some long, some unfinished. She wrote anywhere and anytime—embracing the constant feeling of urgency to write.
While building her career as a graphic designer in her twenties, she wrote her first novella. It later transformed into her first novel, HIGH (A Caffeinated Love Story). Creating and completing the manuscript was liberating. The process was challenging but fulfilling. Corey loved every second of it. She couldn’t wait to do it again.
In December 2012, just weeks before her first novel was published, Corey created Sammy’s Books. A collection of picture books for young children, inspired by her daughter. Corey wrote, illustrated, and designed all the titles.
Aside from writing, Corey also plays poker. She loves to challenge herself by competing at various tournaments, including at the World Series of Poker. The idea of outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting one’s opponents is what keeps her coming back. Corey loves the intense focus, psychology, and discipline of the game. She believes that the practice of controlling your emotions, while reading your opponents as you’re forced to face your fears with every constant small or big decision—helps to build courage and inner strength. Not only in poker but in daily life as well.
Corey enjoys traveling and believes it adds to the inspiration of her books. Her favorite cities are Paris, Montreal, and New York, which have all been featured in her novels. She lives in The City by the Bay with her husband and their daughter.