Interview with J.A. Coppinger

Published 2014-07-22.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Lord of the Rings - Because . . . whose isn't????
2. Dune - A brilliant political/environmental warning that went unheeded and we're paying the price for ignoring . . .
3. Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - nine books technically, but the most beautiful use of language and prose . . . EVER!
4. Starship Troopers- the NOVEL by Heinlein, not the crap films!! A brilliant understanding of military ethics and honor.
5. Anything by Brandon Sanderson - Best damn writer I've come across in decades. Read anything you can find with his name on it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy mostly, though I mix in history and sci-fi just cuz. I am a sucker for stories that have a good mix of humor and adventure, both of which I try to include in all my own work. I'll read any genre, if it can put a smile on my face.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Nook guy, I have the HD. I went that way because I like their open source atmosphere as opposed to the Amazon membership requirements.Also like their display for just reading better than the others out there. It gives a nice flat, non-reflective, screen even in bright sunlight.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that - I'll let ya' know when I hit my first million! :-)
Describe your desk
Usually, it's a couch with a laptop on a cushioned lap desk, though I do periodically hit the local Panera Bread and work at their lovely table in front of the fireplace while enjoying a good breakfast sandwich and a large coffee!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised in New Jersey, with a three year stint in Colorado before moving back to the Jersey Shore, where I've spent most of my life. Strangely, I think the short stint in Colorado had more of an effect on my writing than anything else. I tell more stories about the weird thing I saw out there than anything else. Anybody else ever have a hot air balloon crash in their back yard? How about waking up to a yard full of cows? Anyone else see a cow sacrificed during a satanic ritual??? Colorado totally rocked!
When did you first start writing?
When I was a teenager actually. I loved reading and remember thinking: I could make stories like that . . . maybe even better! Well, after a few decades, I still write the stories because I enjoy it but are they really "better"? Well, that's for the reader to decide I guess. I just write the things that I feel and have as much fun as I can while doing so. After that, it's all up to the folks silly enough to buy my books . . .
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Screaming God" is an homage to my wife, and our unusual marriage of over 25 years. Most folks are horrified when they first meet us, thinking their in the midst of watching a marital meltdown. it isn't until they've been exposed to us for more that a few hours they realize that both of us are laughing at each others insults and holding hands the entire time. Slayer and Cat work pretty much the same way. Sometimes it's easier to cover strong feelings with a bit of humor is all I'm sayin' . . .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I work full time in the Computer-Aided-Design industry, where I am a noted expert and author. I am a Combat Medic in the NJ Army National Guard. I've been writing stories in my spare time for decades and I've even tried traditionally publishing a few. The truth is, working through agents, slush piles, multiple revisions traded back and forth with semi-interested editors . . . it all took too much damn time and effort that I can't spare. Indie work lets me put my books out there and have folks read them, which is all I really want.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the act of creation. Generating something out of nothing as a background for sharing ideas that are important to me is the most amazing thin I know of.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have any??? :-)

Well, if I do, they mean the world to me. After all, the point of writing is to share ideas but if there's nobody to share them with . . .
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Books by This Author

Where Dead Fish Go
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 111,810. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Boomer thought he was free. Thought he'd left behind the misery, abuse, and terrible secrets of his childhood, but when his oldest friend shows up with evidence of thirty murdered girls, he knows he was wrong. The dark secret of their childhood drags them back to face the horror responsible for the murders. A horror they had unleashed.