Interview with Maria G. Cope

When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story in 1st grade. The assignment asked us to describe what we did over the summer. I didn't do anything fun, so I made up what I wished I could have done.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In one word: control.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows me to escape everyday life. Having a bad day? Write something good. Having a good day? Write about it. Angry? Write why I'm angry. Writing is cheaper than therapy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The feedback has been fairly positive so far, and that means the world to me. I respond to every email, Facebook message/comment, Twitter message, and Instagram comment.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Lowlife, the sequel to Bottom Feeder. I have a few other projects in the works, such as three New Adult novels and two Adult Contemporary Romance novels.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chris Crutcher, Simone Elkeles, Janet Evanovich, Judy Blume, John Green
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I loved it and read it all the time. However, the first story that impacted me was Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I'm not sure any young girl could read that story and NOT be impacted somehow.
How do you approach cover design?
With a bottle of Tums
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
2. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
3. Easy by Tammara Webber
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
5. Send by Patty Blount

1 & 2) Any book by Chris Crutcher teaches a lesson. I think more adults should read his work and maybe . . . just maybe . . . they will remember what it's like to be a teenager.
3) I can't even begin on why I love this book so much.
4) I'm a sucker for a female character who comes into her own
5) One of the most underrated books I've ever read. Just read it. Go ahead.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything except non-fiction and instruction manuals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a culinary degree, so I love to cook and bake. I'm also a military wife, and I take as much time as the military allows him home to spend with my husband.
Published 2014-02-03.
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Books by This Author

Bottom Feeder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,470. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Maddy Carrington's life unravels the day she receives a package revealing her father's deadly secrets. Her chance to escape an abusive childhood and leave Georgia alive comes from a 19 year-old war veteran with his own deadly secrets that may cost both their lives. **After 12 months of fighting on foreign soil, Jackson returns home to find the hardest battles aren't always fought in a war zone.