She awoke to a melody, dark and familiar, and his slippers beside the door. She imagined him hurried and quiet, and watching, always watching but never seeing.
Corrine was raised in Massapequa, New York, the eldest daughter of Robert and Maria Coleman, and the first of the new generation to be born (which grew to a total of nineteen, including sixteen first cousins ). She began reading early in life, having been influenced by her Uncle Brian, an English professor and writer, who constantly gifted her with books. In elementary school she wrote short stories which were displayed in her school library. In the fourth grade, she won the annual school spelling bee, an achievement she remembers well, not because of her pride in the accomplishment, but because her family (who liked to clown around) teased her when she arrived home with a trophy, insisting she swiped it. "They never told me they were joking. They were a fun bunch, always supportive, but I remember being really upset that my win wasn't acknowledged - and that my trophy (which I'd held tight to my chest the entire run home) was deemed stolen. It just goes to show how sensitive children can be. I've never teased a child as an adult, specifically because of that experience."
Corrine's work, which includes novels, short stories and songs, focuses mainly on the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, something which has fascinated her since youth. "There's always a whole bunch of stuff between people. I want to write about the stuff, not the fluff." The marriage between her parents, which she says was filled with much love and heartbreak, both of them having died by the time Corrine was fifteen, is said to have been the driving force behind her interest in exploring the emotionally challenging aspects of her work, specifically intimacy and character flaws. "Imperfection is great. It makes us interesting. And it can always be counted on."
Corrine spent many years in management for Fortune 500 companies, a career which she says battled with her introversion. "I was constantly tortured, but I learned a lot. And I was a good teacher, which is a big part of the job - growing and mentoring your team." She left in 2010 to focus, fully, on her writing, which had always been there. "Even during the most tumultuous times of my life - I've always been able to find comfort in my craft." Corrine is a wife and a stepmother currently living in New York with her husband, Kenny, and their pets, a chocolate lab named Bosco and two cats, Zoey and Ariel, who began their lives as strays. "My family life has its challenges. I'm part of a blended bunch. There's a myriad of different personalities flying around, and I'm constantly vacuuming up dog hair. But I'm where I want to be."