C. G. "Carlos" Cooper grew up in a Navy family and spent his younger years on military bases around the world. After college he served as a grunt in the Marine Corps. He currently resides outside Nashville, TN and is the author of the Corps Justice novels, The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon and is founder of The Mentor Code.
Questions with the author:
Q: Why did you start writing the Corps Justice novels?
A: I wanted to give back. More importantly, I wanted to write books that my Marines would read. I think that most Marines want a book that's engaging, has solid patriotic characters and the story moves along quickly. Writing about Cal and his buddies lets me give back to Marines in a fun way. It's amazing how many readers relate to the cast.
Q: What do you say to critics who think your characters portray an overly optimistic view of the world?
A: I think we need that right now. I don't want to write "downer" novels. I think my readers agree with me. The emails I get express excitement over the hero and the sense of patriotism. That's not going to change.
Q: Is there a theme you try to weave throughout the Corps Justice series?
A: I'd say there are a couple things. 1) take care of your comrades, 2) believe in something bigger than yourself, and 3) Semper Fidelis
Q: Why did you write short stories?
A: A lot of readers have expressed an interest in getting more details about certain characters or story lines that are only briefly mentioned in my novels. The short stories fill in the gaps for those so inclined.
Q: How long with Cal and his warriors be around?
A: For as long as the readers want them...