Interview with Philip Cooper

Published 2022-04-25.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a political thriller based on true events that happened in Greece between 2016 and 2018. The book is titled 'Macedonia is Burning'
Who are your favorite authors?
I have favourite authors of the moment where I find an author and read all his or her books in sequence. At the moment I'm into Nelson DeMille. Recently I finished reading all of the Wire in the Blood books by Val McDermid.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Enjoyment of my day job which is teaching autistic children and looking forward to writing once I get home.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel especially to Greece. I always make sure I spend a week or two in Greece every year. I also like traveling to new places and have a bucket list of where I want to go. Other pastimes are reading, movies, sport and the gym.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly from the Sunday Times supplement or else from Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story was very recent but the first poem I ever wrote was written nearly 50 years ago for my sister to take to her school. It is being published in my book 'If I could Paint Your Picture'.
What is your writing process?
Very ad hoc and I never plan out the stories I let them evolve as I write. This seems to work for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a Dennis Wheatley book about black magic. It scared me to death. It showed me how the written word can impact emotionally.
How do you approach cover design?
I am hopeless at art so I get a third party to design the cover. I just input ideas and let the creative artists weave their magic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly fiction books particularly thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Personally I like the kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use my social media accounts to market my books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My books are now distributed to a wider audience which of course greatly helps sales.
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Books by This Author

Remembering Jounieh
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: British English. Published: April 29, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A love story set in worn-torn Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War. A Christian businessman and a Muslim student fall in love, and are forced to flee Beirut for the relative safety of the seaside resort of Jounieh.
The Gladio Protocol
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 92,520. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Alex Kalfas, the Greek finance minister, unexpectantly finds himself immersed in a web of political intrigue. Somehow he has to find a way out. In London and Athens, plans are being finalized to stage a military coup on the biggest religious holiday of the year in Greece. While a unit of a mercenary army, hired by the Greek Prime Minister, Themis Xenakis is destroying American pipelines.
The Old Woman of Mani
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The 'transitionals' had been in place for thousands of years since the times of the pharaohs. They came from many light years away and using a human body as a host became an influential personage on the planet earth.
Sparky the Baby Green Dragon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A children's story about three Greek friends who on their way back from buying ice creams from a shop in the next village stop in a small olive grove and make a strange new friend - a baby green dragon named Sparky.
If I Could Paint Your Picture
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
A collection of twenty nine poems about love in war, lost loves, found loves, destructive loves and suicidal loves. Penned by the author over a period of twenty five years in four different countries where he resided.
Master Trading the Financial Markets - Trade with the Best
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 94,460. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Foreign exchange, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / investing
This is not a get rich quick book. This book will afford both novice and experienced retail (trading from home on a computer) traders alike a comprehensive understanding of the financial markets. The author principally targets the novice on-line trader but areas of the book also provide seasoned traders with new insights into the financial markets as well as alternative trading strategies.