Tony Cooper


Born and raised in Scotland I ended up studying Medicine but decided to move into videogames instead. I have now worked at one of the largest UK game development and publishing companies for the past fifteen years.

I was always writing and drawing stories as a child. I wrote a full book (longhand!) aged about eight and was always either reading or writing science fiction and fantasy. Then came videogames and I was designing them, creating characters, environments, stories, and trying to make them with the very early game creation software that existed back then.

It's only in the last few years that I've had the itch to write again, and my debut novel POWERLESS was the result. Now I am about to release the sequel KILLING GODS, and nothing is going to stop me!

I am always ready to hear your thoughts @_tonycooper, or on my blog at, thanks!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a small child. I was always coming up with fantasy and SF stories even then and was forever getting "is a daydreamer who needs to concentrate more in class" on my report cards.
But when you become an adult you are meant to stop all that silly stuff and knuckle down and study, do 'real' work, so that's what I did. Until about 2010 or so when, bored with work for some time, I let myself start imagining again. I kept a small notebook to write down ideas, some of which eventually became short stories.
After that, and knowing I wasn't getting any younger, I spent time coming up with story ideas I could make into a full length novel. Around the same time I discovered how you could self-publish instead of letting your work languish in a forgotten hard drive folder. When those two things combined, there was no stopping me!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember the first *ever*, but the first I do remember, and the one I devoted some time to was 'Cockroach'. It was a novel about a radiation leak from a nuclear power plant in the UK mutating cockroaches to the size of sheep, and about the investigation by the local police and a reporter into the strange deaths they caused.
It was a 'full length' novel, probably about 40k words in retrospect, handwritten across two pink school jotters (remember them?), and I had a sequel planned too!
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Where to find Tony Cooper online


Killing Gods
Series: Powerless, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,800. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the baby son of a physically mutated eighties villain goes missing from protective care, he goes on a rampage to try and find him. In his way stand a Child Protection Officer following her heart above her duty, a violent anti-hero group desperate for media attention, a seemingly benevolent hero-worshipping cult and Martin and Hayley struggling to work out who they can trust.
Series: Powerless, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 124,170. Language: British English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the best friend of a retired superhero is killed by another power, Martin must drag himself out of his self-imposed isolation to find out who is responsible. In doing so he finds himself digging up a past he would rather forget, risking exposing the secret of why the team split up and destroying all their lives in the process.
Making Gods
Price: Free! Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
'Powerless' Chapters 1-3: a retired hero is dragged from his self-imposed isolation when an old teammate is murdered by another power and he is tasked to find his killer. 'Lord of Shadow': a small boy finds solace in the darkness. 'Making Gods': two linguistics experts find an awkward romance over ancient carvings. 'The Colours of Jupiter': a group of scientists investigate the nature of time.