Interview with V. L. Cooke

How do you approach cover design?
I have a great designer. I pretty much let them do what they want for my covers and then give final approval. Since I'm getting ready to hire them for the next book in the series I can't wait to see what they come up with.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a unicorn who lost its mommy. I think I was about four or five at the time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything from smutty erotica to high fantasy. I love to read anything paranormal as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle, but I actually prefer to use my phone as an e-reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None so far. I'm hoping to get an actual marketing plan figured out prior to the launch of book two.
Describe your desk
It's cluttered and covered with notebooks, sticky notes, pens, and bobbleheads.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the Pacific Northwest. We settled in the Willamette Valley in Oregon when I was twelve and I was there until February 2017 when I moved to South Carolina. As for how it influenced my writing, I think I used reading as a way of escaping the boredom of small town life, and then wanted to write stories that interested me.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil and had access to paper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have read a lot of urban fantasy and noticed that when they have a female protagonist she's more likely to be in her early twenties. As a forty-something woman, I wanted a character that broke the mold. A woman who was in her forties, who has flaws, and has no children.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like having a certain level of control. Plus my novel is not likely to be picked up by the traditional publishers because my character is too old, too fat, and too mouthy.
Published 2017-03-24.
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