I have the great pleasure of introducing Andrea Cooper as my guest here today. Author of The Garnet Dagger and soon to be released on July 29, 2013, Viking Fire.
Andrea is also giving away a digital copy of Viking Fire, on its release date, to one random commenter.
Tell me, what do you like to write, and why?
I love to write historical romance, fantasy and paranormal romance. There is a different reason behind the historical romance—I fell in love with history in nine grade when my European history teacher taught interesting facts rather than dates or names of battles.
For fantasy and paranormal romance they were taboo in my house growing up. I wasn’t even allowed to watch Disney movies. So of course, it only made me crave anything to do with mythical creatures or magic.
· When offered your first publishing contract did you B
B) Jump out of your seat and run around flailing your arms chanting OMG OMG OMG
C) Pee your pants
D) B & C
E) None of the Above You’re lying if your answer isn’t B If not A-D , what was your reaction?
· After how many published titles do you think it’s appropriate to write your own autobiography?
· How important to you are the names of your characters?
Very. I had to change my hero’s name in Viking Fire because he had the same name as The History Channel’s Viking show—never mind that I wrote this novel before the show came out, I had to change it.
· How do you go about nabbing that perfect title for your books? What are the occupational hazards of being a writer? Do you have a quote or slogan you try to live by?
Titles are bad for me. I write the entire book, then sweat over the title. I still don’t think I’m brilliant at titles. So far, they all involve something in the book. For example, Viking Fire there is a literal fire in the book, but also the fire of love and passion.
The hazards of being a writer are no time and little housework done. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a three year old and an eight month old. I try to write while it’s nap time which leaves little time between taking care of them to clean the house. I have a wonderful husband though who will help cleaning in the evening after work and cook and clean on the weekend.
I guess my slogan would be don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge someone until you walk miles in their stilettos. Sometimes if we would just listen to someone, we might not agree with their choices, but we could understand why they chose them.
· Have you ever taken the writing to the bathroom with you? Sometimes for me it’s the only place I can find that elusive peace and quiet. Until my 5 year old sniffs me out.
Uh, no. I’ve taking my reading in there, but I’m lucky if I get a minute to myself without one or both kids crying or looking for me.
· Pantser or Plotter? I’ll have you know how proud I am that I just used these terms. Since I’ve just recently learned what they meant. Go me. Always keepin’ up with the author slang.
Pantser. I like the characters to have freedom. If they get stuck, I lay out what’s happened so far, and where I think the story needs to go. Often characters will take a different direction to reach the ending than I thought. It reminds me of my favorite quote from Robert Frost, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise of the reader; No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader.”
· What do you like to write in? (i.e PJ’s and stompeez, a prom dress or perhaps a bathtub?)
I would like to write in silence in the bathtub with a box of chocolates and a glass of wine.
· How do you react to a bad review?
Pout. Get angry, then try to flip it to a positive – like maybe they disliked it so much they won’t read anything else I write and write more bad reviews??
· Do you feel like a complete dumbo when people ask for your autograph?
I can’t say, I’ve yet for someone to ask me for my autograph.
· Have you ever been a character in one of your books?
Yes. A lot my characters are different aspects of me. How I would react if I were them in their situation at the time of the book. Sometimes the characters are completely different than me.
· Would you ever play yourself in a movie or TV production of one of your books?
Of course. Especially if they got a new camera that airbrushes and takes off pounds instead of putting them on J
· Have you ever gone a little REDRUM after a few days shacked up in the ol’ writing hole?
Not so much while I’m writing, but while editing yes.
· What do you think is your biggest accomplishment in writing? Your biggest failure?
My biggest accomplishment in my writing is getting published. My biggest failure is listening to a few critics and not proving them wrong sooner.
· Do you do research for your novel? Me... I could totally walk into the Bio Buzz pick up a bong and be like..It’s for research dude! Lol (Disclaimer: These are just fun and silly hypothetical questions and answers. Its all make believe! J I really don’t walk around with a bong lol )
Yes, I love research…especially when it’s something I want to know. I don’t think I could do research for others unless it sparked my interest too. But there comes a time when I have to walk away from the research and just write the story.
· Speaking of bongs. Have you ever written anything while drunk? Do you laugh at yourself ever? How much of your childhood reflects upon your musings?
I’m a cheap date. I cannot drink more than a few drinks. I have a fine line between tipsy and sleepy to yanking my hair to keep from throwing up in the car while someone else drives way too fast going 10miles an hour. So no, I’ve never written anything while drunk…wonder if it would be any good if I tried…lolz.
I try to laugh at myself, and should do it more. But my serious characters inside my head scoff at the idea.
A lot of my childhood reflects on my musings. Even in elementary school, I was the one who designated what me and group of my friends and other kids wanted to play. I remember being in first grade and telling the neighborhood kids we’d play space vampires. I didn’t want the kids biting each other, so I told the ‘vampires’ to use their two fingers as their fangs to ‘bite’. Since I was allowed to read or watch anything with mythical creatures or magic, it became fascinating to me and has crept into my writing.
· How do you like these questions so far? Anything striking your fancy? Ok, moving along…
I love them.
· How do you feel about being interviewed?
Nervous and excited.
· How do you feel about global warming?
We need to do more to help stop it. I’m in Texas and it’s hot even in the winter.
· How do you feel about Fan Fiction being published?
I think it would be an honor if someone was fan enough of my writing to write and publish Fan Fiction.
· Are you jealous of other writers?
Sometimes. I read a book that doesn’t interest me and see it’s a best seller. Other times, no. I read a book that’s fabulous and the writer has struggled to make it known.
· What makes you laugh? Cry?
My husband and my children make me laugh. Injustice and cruelty of any kind make me cry.
· Vacation or staycation? Fancy Schmancy wedding or a Vegas wedding?
Vacation. I haven’t had one in years. I would love to take the kids and hubby on a Disney cruise…anyone got free tickets they want to get rid of?
I’ve had both a fancy and a Vegas’ style wedding—I’ll take the Vegas any day.
· Favorite season? Mine’s football :P
Autumn…not that we have one in Houston. We have summer and hot 360 days of the year, than 2 days of pleasant weather, and 2 days of cold and sometimes on leap year a day of ice.
· Who were some of your inspirations for writing? For your characters?
Inspirations for my writing are: Terry Goodkind, Anne Bishop, Yasmine Galenorn, Kim Harrison, PC Cast, Christine Feehan, Julie Garwood (her historical novels), and Sue Monk Kidd.
For my characters: All of the above and my dreams.
· Did you enjoy this interview?
Yes. Thank you for having me.
Thanks for being here Andrea! Can't wait for Viking Fire!
Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Viking Fire is her second novel with Crimson Romance and is a historical romance.
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