Interview with Kimberly Beauge Cooper

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating something that others can enjoy. Writing has also been a form of therapy for me, it has helped me over come things in my life and helped me with depression.
What do your fans mean to you?
I may not have a large fan base but the fans I do have mean the world to me. It is difficult being an Indie Author and not having the help I need in promoting my work and getting me where I want to be. The ones that stand by me and are always excited to read new material really mean a lot to me. I am essentially a nobody in the world of writing and yet I have those that support me, I love them.
What are you working on next?
I am almost finished with Thank You Ms. Graham. It is a love story involving a devoted father and his daughters teacher. I am also working on Method, which is a thriller.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always loved Judy Blume. I read her when I was younger and was thrilled to find her adult novels. I have read Summer Sisters so many times I can almost recite it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children! I always wanted to be a mother, it's the most important thing I do, everything else comes second.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am always writing, even if it is in my head or taking notes. I love spending time with my family. I am lucky that my brother and sister are local, we spend a lot of time at my house. We love big dinners, movie nights and watching old videos.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote a story when I was younger about a young girl that falls in love with a Native American boy. She tried to fake Native American roots because she thinks he won't date her otherwise. I wish I still had it.
What is your writing process?
I have an odd writing process. I assign a celebrity to the main characters in my books. When I write, I watch movies with these celebrities in them. When I have a story idea or write, it plays like a movie in my head, everyone is assigned someone to "play" them. I also usually become the female lead, I might wear an item of clothing that she is described wearing or a piece of jewelry, which my husband makes, that she wears. I become emotionally connected to her. It makes my writing process easier and super fun for me.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to take something from the story and put it in the design. With The Last Summer, the green and black belt in the cover picture, plays a huge part in the story line.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
That one is still hard for me. It is the most difficult part of writing. I have tried book marks and cards, social media. I think word of mouth plays a huge part. If you have people that love what you do and are willing to be vocal about it and share, I think that is the best marketing you can have.
Describe your desk
I actually don;t have one! I work all over the place. I have my laptop, journal and ear buds with me when I write. That is what I need and I can so it almost anywhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Virginia. I use it as a setting, which is fun. I have had so many people that read The Last Summer and then went to places that I mentioned in the book and said it made them think of that moment from my book. I had a friend that went to the mall and when she walked by Hot Topic, she said she thought about Lucas, who worked there in the book. She stood outside the store laughing, her poor husband was clueless. I love that!
When did you first start writing?
I got serious about it in 2013. I had started The Last Summer in 2009 and got frustrated and put it away. After a summer visit to New York, I was so inspired, I came home and finished it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sold was just an idea that popped into my head. I pictured a man, begging for his wife's life. She had been diagnosed with cancer and he unknowingly makes a deal with the devil.It's different than anything I have ever attempted to write before but I enjoyed working on it.
Published 2016-08-29.
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Books by This Author

The 35th Year
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 115,090. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
Elizabeth Blake had to give up her identity when she married Dr. Victor Blake. Tired of being in a loveless and sexless marriage, she decides if things do not change by her 35th birthday, she is going to live for herself. This means having an affair with Alex, who has just turned 23. Lizzie is soon learning about the joys of 69 and Alex's Prince Albert, Can a sexual fling turn into real love?