Interview with Kevin Cooper

When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed some of the writing assignments I had in high school, but I loved reading more. I didn't really start writing until I was about eighteen. I started by writing songs.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Pullman, Charles Dickens, The Brontes, and Terry Brooks to name but a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A new day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, Creating music, Blogging, Travelling, and Reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On line, generally. Through my blogging friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, of course. It was a story about my holiday in Flamborough. I wrote it for English Class in high school.
What is your writing process?
Write, edit, research, write, edit, research, write, edit, research, write, edit, research write, edit... you asked!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Robinson Crusoe. I was about eight years old and I wanted to be stranded on an island too. Anything was better than the life I was living at the time. I fantasized a lot about being Robinson Crusoe.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have a picture of the cover in my mind. I look through my photos or online to see if I can find something similar to what I have in my mind. I'm pretty much always disappointed. I wish I was an artist too. I used an old photo for Miedo and edited it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's a difficult question to be honest. I like the first book of The Lord of the Rings. I love Pullman's Amber Spyglass. Terry Brooks' Landover Series is out of this world: The Tangle Box is incredible. There are too many I love to narrow down five. Dickens Old Curiosity Shop. See, I'm trying to pick one of each of my authors and they're almost equally good to me... Agnes Grey from Charlotte Bronte. It just to difficult to narrow. Why? Because they are so well written, the stories pull me out of this world and into another or out of this life and into another. They are pure genius, fantastic and magical. It's like asking me, who do you like best, Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost? I can't do it. They are both genius and both so unique, both just so... beautiful And then there's T.S. Eliot. It's impossible to say I like one more than the other. Yet I rank them above all others. Go figure.
Published 2014-08-18.
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