Interview with T. J. Cooper

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From friends, people on Twitter, people on Facebook. Sometimes I'll just scroll through a genre and pick something that catches my eye-title, cover, author or description. I'm open to almost anything.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. Absolutely. Could I quote it? No, but I remember the opening line and the general storyline.
What is your writing process?
I don't know that I have a set process, really. Sometimes something will just pop into my head. I could be anywhere: grocery store, shower, bed. And it could be anything. Sometimes an idea for a story pops into my head, sometimes an actual line. If I'm not near pen and paper I try to remember it until I can write it down.
Other times, I sit with a pen and notebook and just start writing. And as far as outlines go, I don't use them. I just write. I often end up someplace very different than I thought I would simply because the words just flow from the pen.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read I didn't really read. I was maybe three or four and it was a Dr. Seuss book that my mother read to me so often I had it memorized. As I was 'reading', which was really just saying it out loud I noticed that the letters on the pages were starting to make sense. I was so excited. So, yes, I remember, and it had a huge impact.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a book addict so I'll read almost any genre for pleasure, murder mysteries and thrillers being favorites. I'm a huge James Patterson fan. I love Dean Koontz and Stephen King, too.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town about 20 miles south of Boston, Massachusetts. Best place to grow up, ever. We were close to Boston and close to Cape Cod. There were woods and a swamp across the street so lots of places to play. I think it's influenced me because of all the things I was able to do easily growing up whether it was playing in the woods and building tree forts or ice skating on ponds or going into the city to museums or going to the beach. I had it all: City, country, and beach.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since elementary school. Granted a lot of those were very short stories, a paragraph or so. My first 'real' story came as an English assignment in 7th grade when we had to write a short story that was at least 3 pages long. Most of the class barely made that length. My story was 21 pages.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to become a published author. But I also wanted complete control over my book. Even though editors deal with the process for a living, I didn't want to give up my story to make it more sell-able.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting things out of my head and onto paper. Seeing an idea take shape and come to life.
What are you working on next?
I'm not sure. i have so many thoughts in my head right now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jame Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching TV, going to the gym, doing yard work.
Published 2015-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Faith & Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,390. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Newly weds Matt and Lisa have a long, happy and fulfilling life ahead of them. Or have they? Will saving Jack's life have fatal consequences? Is she as strong as everyone thought she was..... Where there is Hope there is Faith. Where there is Faith miracles happen.