Sunday, 3 May 2015

Magical Muse Collection Anthology - Interview with Andrea R. Cooper

Andrea R. Cooper found the characters she once imagined as a child calling her back to their fantasy worlds of danger, romance, and bewitchment. Her stories, stoked by these familiar friends, reignited a bonfire of love and enchantment. Her novel, The Garnet Dagger received the UP Author’s 2013 Seal of Approval. For more visit

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About the Anthology

Stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.

Alexis Lantgen brings a twist to the story of a fairy changeling, showing a dark evil intent behind this mythological practice.

Andrea R. Cooper turns a dark fantasy tale into a lyrical piece that tests your understanding of your own mind.

George L. Duncan features a creature many never saw coming as the source of justice in a corrupt world.

Dark fantasy takes a humorous twist with Oz Durose, who introduces us to a new type of zombie that makes you regret deleting the files off your very own computer…readers beware!

Mythological hounds are a foreshadowing of doom for one man seeking refuge from their deadly chase. Allison D. Reid brings a tale of adventure as seen through the eyes of the hounds and their mysterious master, born from the darkness of hell.

Demons lurking throughout this tale bring a monster into the world. A demi-god finds out her fate as KJ Hawkins spins a tale of triumph and fear.

Matthew Frassetti presses the will of a man trying to save his lover from the hands of a demon. The bonds of friendship between man and beast are tested as this tale of adventure takes a twist.

Brendan Carroll brings a brilliantly fun, entertaining story to life, showing how in the midst of everyday beauty, time simply passes when you least expect it.

Khushi Agarwal tests the power of Christmas cheer with elves on strike. Will Christmas come on time, or will it be ruined for all?

The holidays are here as D.B. Mauldin brings a hard working elf into the spotlight for a special Christmas festival.

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Interview with Andrea R Cooper

Why did you decide to be a writer?

I've always been a storyteller. The kids in school would come up to me at recess and after school and ask me what we were going to 'play' that day. I created the plot and the characters.
Later, the characters and stories wouldn't leave me, and I no longer had a cast of friends willing to play them out - so writing them down became the next progression.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?

Letting others read my writing. I was a recluse, as far as my writing, for years. Never letting anyone read it except a few people. When I got published, I realized not everyone will like my stories, but many will - so I write for myself and for the readers who enjoy my writing. 

What is your writing process?

Sit down at the computer and write. No outline. No lining up pencils. With three kids: two under the age of six and a full-time job, I don't have time except to park myself in a chair and write whenever I have time.

What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?

My goals are to have more books published and to develop more as an author. I've learned so much in the two years since I've been published that I wish I could re-write my debut novel.

In five years, I hope to have a wider fan base and make it to the best seller list.

Do you have any advice for other indie authors?

Read, Write, Repeat. Join a critique group. Find beta readers (they are worth mountains of gold). Create your online social media presence now as a writer, don't wait until you're published.

What made you decide to self-publish?

I'm a hybrid author. I have both self-published and traditionally published novels. I think it's the best of both worlds.

I self-published because I didn't feel like my debut novel, The Garnet Dagger was complete. That readers would want to know more about the characters: Brock & Celeste. However, my publisher wanted a new novel showing new characters and their HEA. So I self-published Cursed Book 1.5 to continue the story for readers who wanted more of the original characters. After that, I saw how easy it was to self-publish. (I just wish I'd self-published ten years ago :)

What are you working on now?

I'm working on War of Darkness Book 3 in the Legends of Oblivion series, Captive Hearts - Book 2 of the Stolen Hearts series, Viking Blaze the final book in the Viking Fire series, and new paranormal romance series.

Yes, I write sporadically. Usually, not this badly, but readers want the next book in many of my series so I'm writing as fast as I can - which means jumping to another novel when I get stuck.

Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?

My husband and sister are very supportive. I appreciate the time and brainstorming they've done with me.

What genres do you write?

Fantasy, paranormal romance, historical romance, and romantic suspense.

Is there a genre that you've been wanting to experiment with? If so, what is it and what attracts you to it?

Romantic suspense. A few months ago, I published my first novel under this genre: Stolen Hearts Book 1. 

It attracts me because I want to know more of the suspense in a novel when I read. The idea came to me when a friend and fellow author said I was a suspense author in hiding. So I experimented with Stolen Hearts and am also working on Captive Hearts Book 2 in the series (among other stories)

What fears do you have about writing and being an indie author? How do you cope with your fears?
I don't have any fears until I start reading reviews. I take the overly positive ones with a grain of salt, and the bad ones have me running for a glass of wine and a chocolate cake.

Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?

Yes. I took it personally and it upset me for days. Then I got a positive review that had little to do with the story or my writing - but how the book made the reader feel/remember something positive in their life.

So now the harsh critiques still bother me, but I'm able to get over them. It helps to read the bad reviews of my favorite authors. Not everyone will love everything written.

When did you first consider yourself an author?

When my first novel was published. Until then, I only thought of myself as a writer.

What book or series do you enjoy reading over and over again?

Funny thing is, I can't read a book twice. I already know the story and there are so many books and good stories and not enough time to read them all.

I only read mine and other authors (for edit and beta reading purposes) more than once. I've tried re-reading a favorite book, and I have to move on to something new.

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