Interview with T. L. Cooper

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Do diary entries from seventh grade count? I have no clue. I've been writing for so long now that I seriously do not remember the first story. I do have a story to tell about writing stories though! I was 17-years-old and had an independent news column in five newspapers covering two states! Impressed yet? I held a seat on the Jobs for Delaware Graduates non-profit and as the State Coordinator for Civic Affairs, it was my duty to deal with the press. Find a teenager today that can do that! Ahhhh the good old days.
What is your writing process?
Pretty much whatever pops into my head. I've published eight e-books previously under a different pseudonym with a completely different genre. Am I this month actually launching my very own lifestyle blog. I was a blogger before I was an author. Some now I'm coming full circle.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. That's why I have my own "personal crew" on Fiverr!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything by Nora Roberts so that's way over the requested five! And practically anything by Phillipa Gregory.
What do you read for pleasure?
Uh oh. See previous question! I go through spurts of liking history and then self-help, and then Christian, and then who knows what else. I just go with the flow.
Describe your desk
I have a few. There's the antique wooden desk that I use as a catch-all. Then there's my lap on my bed with pillows propping me up. That's where I actually work!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern Delaware in the late 60s and 70s. Out of the way and a simpler time. We would keep the doors to the house open, the car unlocked with the windows down. We could stay outside all day until it was dark. But then living in the D.C. metro area for 27+ years.... talk about the opposite ends of the earth! So now I have a "healthy balance" of wholesome, conservative values mixed with a whole lot of city slicker! It shows in my writing. Depending on what I'm writing about you'll see one side or the other. Basic day-to-day living? Delaware. Politics and crime? D.C. all day everyday baby!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
So much easier and less expensive than to publish a paper book! I have 100% control. I hire and fire as needed! Seriously though I've had a lot of great help from my crew and have been working with them off and on for years now. It's like any other business. Do it, do it often, do it well. I set my own schedule. No deadlines. No stress. LOVE it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have about a million and one ideas floating through my head at any given time. This gives me an outlet for all of that. I love sharing ideas. Connecting with people from all over the world. Say what you will but globalization has made people thousands of miles away your neighbor!
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! That's the one drawback if you will, about e-book writing. Not a whole lot of interaction so you have to be able to motivate yourself. By feedback from fans? #PRICELESS.
What are you working on next?
I have all of my social media accounts, okay with the exception of Instagram, set up and ready to go. Right now I've established an account with WordPress to begin my blogging career again. That's actually how I became a Smashwords author to begin with. People loved my blog posts so much that I put them in book form and published a series of four! So that may just happen again. Of course I could always reinvent the wheel and do my own version of "how to start a blog with no clue and no budget"!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock and coffee. That's about it unless I'm starved. Then it's double blueberry pancakes. :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching TV. I have several shows that I like. The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Reign (until the cancelled it!), Designated Survivor, Madam Secretary, the Good Wife (until that got cancelled too!). I catch Being Mary Jane from time to time. Brain candy - Real Housewives of Atlanta/OC/Beverly Hills/NY. Hey, don't judge! :)

Then there's the "spooky" stuff: Ghost Adventurers, The Dead Files, and of course the Ghosts of Shepherdstown.

But what kind of TV junkie would I be if I failed to mention the old classic The Young and the Restless!!!
Published 2017-08-01.
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