Monday, May 5, 2014

Featured Author Interview - Andrea R. Cooper

Featured Author
Andrea R. Cooper

About the Author

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels. 

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.

A short story anthology, available on Amazon:

Historical and Fantasy Romance Novels 
by Andrea R. Cooper

Viking Fire 
Legends of Oblivion Series:
The Garnet Dagger (book #1)
Cursed in Shadow (book #1.5)
Son of Dragons (book #2)

Andrea was kind enough to join us for an interview! We are excited to hear more about her fantastic novels, and any future projects she may be up to! 


MBB: How long have you been writing, and what were your earliest inspirations?

AC: I started writing poetry when I was fourteen, but I have always created characters and stories. During recess, my friends would ask me what we were going to play that day: I assigned the characters, the plot, etc. Then we ad-lib and played. It was not until I was in my late twenties that I began writing the stories that continued (and still do) fill my mind.

My inspirations were Julie Garwood for historicals, Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for suspense and mystery, Terry Goodkind, Anne Bishop, Kim Harrison, Christine Feehan, Laurel K. Hamilton, and PC Cast for fantasy/paranormal. Believe it or not, I never read C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin until after I wrote all the Legends of Oblivion novels.

MBB: What approach do you take to begin writing?

AC: I think of a character and/or situation. With The Garnet Dagger, it was Brock repeating the first lines in my mind (while I was at work) until I wrote them down. I do not outline or plan out my novels, I know the basic destination, but not the road(s) to get there.

MBB: Please tell us a little about your books.

AC: The Garnet Dagger was my first attempt at writing a fantasy romance. Previously, I had written only historical romances. When I finished it, I felt as though the story wasn’t finished and wrote more books which became Cursed in Shadow Book 1.5, Son of Dragons Book 2 and War of Darkness Book 3 of the Legends of Oblivion series.

Viking Fire is my first published historical romance and was inspired by my headstrong grandmother and that some historians believe that Lauchlin was the Gaelic word for Viking. And since my grandmother’s maiden name was McLauchlin, I had to write a story of how an feisty Irish lass might marry a Viking.

MBB: That's a fascinating history! Did your books require any special research or preparation?

AC: I have always loved fantasy and paranormal, even though it was forbidden growing up. When I wrote the Legends of Oblivion series, the writing flowed out naturally. I didn’t do any prep or research. For my historicals, I always double check my facts.

MBB: What do you like most about writing fantasy and paranormal romance?

AC: I love writing fantasy and paranormal stories because they allow for freedom of creativity. I am not limited to facts and figures or even this planet.

MBB: What advice do you have for other writers who are just starting out?

AC: Keep writing, read everything – good and bad and know why you like/dislike it. Keep sending out queries. Join writers groups, critiques, get beta readers and start your author sites now (i.e. Facebook, twitter, blog, etc.)

MBB: What are your plans for future projects?

I plan to finish the rewrites of Book 3 War of Darkness in the Legends of Oblivion series, finish a YA fantasy that I’m working on, rewrite/edit two more novels, and write the sequel to Viking Fire.

I also joined a group of other romance writers for short story anthologies. To date, we have one available: Six Shades of Romance, which follows Caroline and her unplanned pregnancy. Each author writes in a different genre for their story: contemporary, chicklit, paranormal, etc. We plan to have another collection June 2014 and another shortly after that.

MBB: This is exciting news! If you were stranded on a deserted island with all the published works of just one author, who would you choose?

AC: R.A. Salvatore because I have only read two of his novels and he has so many available. There are so many wonderful books out there, that I have a hard time re-reading a book.

MBB: Is there anything else you would like to add?

AC: Thank you for having me today.

Also, I have a newsletter that I send out whenever there is a sale, contest, new release, etc. I do not send it out for any other reason as I do not like receiving tons of emails either.

Thank you, Andrea, for taking the time to visit us today! We wish you all the best, and look forward to reading more of your fantastic stories! You can read our reviews for Andrea's Legends of Oblivion series by clicking here

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