Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An Interview with David Corbin from Out of the Ashes

Today, Lori Dillion interviews David Corbin from Out of the Ashes

Who are you?
David Corbin
Past Life: slave gladiator
Current Life: WWII American spy

What was the scariest moment of your life?
Which life? Death by volcano was no picnic, let me tell ya. But watching Sabina (Sera) die in my arms and there was nothing I could do to save her, that was the worst. Of all the times I faced death in the arena, I was never so scared, or felt so helpless, as I did in that moment.

What is your favorite meal?
Anything that’s not army rations. Although, with the war going on, there’s not much good to be found in town either. But Maria Angelico makes zeppoles that are just this side of heaven. Man, that lady can make a pound cake out of sawdust.

What are you passionate about these days?
I’ve kinda gotten into this whole archaeology thing. I never really knew what I wanted to do once I got out of the army. Now, my place is wherever Sera is. The ruins are her life, so from now on they will always be a part of mine.

Who should play you in a film? 
If we’re talking 1943, it would be Tyrone Power or Gregory Peck. I hear that Sinatra guy isn’t a bad actor, either. If the movie were made today, probably Jake Gyllenhaal, Channing Tatum, or Joshua Bowman. I hear the ladies think they’re pretty hot. *grins*

What skills do you have?
I have an ear for languages. I can speak Italian fluently, plus some passable German. Comes in handy when you’re behind enemy lines.

Pompeii, reincarnation and romance
How do you handle anger?
Not well. I tend to throw things. Rocks, shovels, you name it. Sera seems to know how to push my buttons. But she also knows how to calm me.

What do you fear?
Death. Not very heroic for a soldier, I know. But I’ve always had this fear of dying. Don’t know why.

What past experiences shaped who you are today?
I’m a fighter, not that I want to be. But when I have to, I will do what it takes to survive and to protect those that I love.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Don’t live near an active volcano. Did I follow that advice? No. As I said, the ruins are Sera’s life, so we live close by. But at the first rumble or belch of smoke from that damn mountain, Sera and I are outta there.

To read more about David Corbin and to learn about Lori Dillon,  and the amazing story, OUT OF THE ASHES, please visit Lori's website at


  1. Very nice! Interviewing characters helps the author know more about them and makes the book more life-like. Great job!

  2. Lori, I think some of the greatest ideas come when we are able to "tune in" to our characters! Great job!


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