Sometime around sixth grade, Cory was forced to face the sad truth that being a heroine in a Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle book was not, in fact, a valid future career choice. But since she thought it might be almost as much fun to grow up to be Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle, she decided to do just that. She’s still working on it.
Cory’s path to being an author did not go in a straight line. First, she attended UCLA and earned her B.A. in Psychology. Then she went to Cornell Law School to get her J.D. She worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell and then as an adjunct professor at Texas State University, teaching business law to undergraduates.
Cory’s latest challenge has been teaching seventh grade English. After a long-term substitute position turned permanent, Cory started teaching full time during the epic 2020-21 school year. Teaching during the pandemic has been more of a challenge than she’s able to find words for, but it has also re-affirmed something that Cory has always known: real-life kids are just as awesome, brave, and brilliant as their fictional counterparts in books.