Interview with David J Cooper

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the West Midlands, England, but went to live in south Devon. The charm of this place influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Back in 1997.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a group of teenagers who accidentally injure one of their friends. The friend dies from her injuries and they use a Ouija board to contact her. They believe that they have contacted her, but instead have released an evil force which results in mysterious deaths of three of them. They contact a paranormal investigator for help.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel relaxed and believe that I have been goven a gift.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the most important people.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next Penny Lane book: The Candy Floss Killer.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, Stephen King, J.K.Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being grateful that I am still alive to enjoy another day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time with my dog, Chula.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a very short story about a haunted castle near to where I used to live.
Describe your desk
A table.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it was the success of J.K.Rowling and her Harry Potter series.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is an opening for all indie authors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Internet
What is your writing process?
Normally, ideas come to me in the middle of the night, so I jot down the ideas and then start to put them on my computer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was The History of Mr Polly. I was fascinated by the character.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually ask a friend to design them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wuthering Heights - it's very touching.
The House of the Spirits - I like anything paranormal and this is a beauty.
The Water Babies by Charles Dickens - it fascinates me.
Jaws - It's a classic.
It by Stephen King - I don't know why.
Diana - Her TGrue Story - I admire the lady.
What do you read for pleasure?
travel books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
facebook, twitter
Why do you write?
Because I can express myself in words.
Published 2013-12-20.
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Books by This Author

The Devil Knows
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,440. Language: British English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The British public was horrified by the Moors Murders. Ian Brady was described as being the Daddy of the Devils. His partner, Myra Hindley, became the most hated woman in Britain. Her brother in law said she was the Devil herself. This book tells of how they met and how their perverse relationship develops and how Brady used Hindley to lure their victims. Why did they commit such crimes?
The Party's Over
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,840. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Biographies
In 2007, the author met Bruno, a male stripper with whom he would have a five year friendship. In 2012, Bruno died of complications from AIDS. The Party’s Over traces this friendship from start to tragic finish. This personal account of the early days of this AIDS crisis tells the story of support and how it affects other people in the face of death.
Everyday Expressions in Spoken English
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Bilingual education
A book filled with expressions used in everyday spoken English. Ideal as a reference for candidates taking TOEFL preparation courses.
Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,610. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Bilingual education
A coursebook designed for instructors and candidates preparing for TEFL.
Diana, another Royal scandal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,860. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
What really happened in Paris? Diana told the press that when she returned to the UK she was going to shock the nation. Was she planning to marry Dodi Fayed? Was the Royal Family planning to get rid of her? Was the paparazzi to blame or was the driver responsible?