Interview with Tricia Copeland

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My earliest memories of reading are associated with my grandparents. At their house they had a cupboard containing children's books my mom had read as a kid. It was a tradition to visit a used bookstore every time we visited them. The huge store looked more like a library and we always came home with stacks of books. My grandparents bought my first book series for my, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz series came next, followed by The Chronicles of Narnia and Nancy Drew mysteries.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It is hard to pick five books. I loved Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave, The Mists of Avalon, the Twilight series. More recently my favorite books have been Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver and The Young Elites by Marie Lu.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite fun read books are paranormal especially vampire series. I've read Twilight, the House of Night novels, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and Cassandra Clare's City of Bones. Tia Bach's Tala Prophecy books are a good werewolf series I also enjoy dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a KIndle and I read on the Kindle app on my phone and computer. I've only had it for a year though. I prefer paper but I don't have enough shelves to store them all.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered with incoming mail, sketches and descriptions of my characters, pictures of family and friends, a calendar, paper clips, pens, pencils, with only a small space for my laptop. Every month or so I get agitated with it and have to clear it off but I love having all my things close.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing to entertain myself. After my kids went to bed I would write instead of watch television. The stories read more like movie scripts with lots of dialogue.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have two new releases. Think You Know Me is a clean new adult psychological drama/suspense about a college co-ed named Amanda. Amanda’s first year of college is fraught with drama and parental scrutiny. With a steady boyfriend and a clean break from her parents, all she wants is a normal term. But fate steps in and deals a shattering blow. Drops of Sunshine is a YA paranormal short story that is part of Spellbound, a novella collection. In Drops of Sunshine, the main character, Nina, escapes her tumultuous family life by taking a job at a remote summer camp. Little does she know some of the campers have special powers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My good friend is an indie author and after trying to find an agent, she convinced me to make the plunge.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is having others feel as passionately about my characters as I do.
What do your fans mean to you?
Many who read my books contact me and I feel I know them. I love hearing from readers. It is fun to hear their predictions and take on character traits.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the last installment of my Being Me series, to be released September 8. I have a dystopian fiction story, another new adult contemporary story, as well as the beginning of a vampire story floating around in my head.
Published 2016-05-19.
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Books by This Author

Kingdom of Embers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,050. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
As a hybrid being, forbidden by both vampire and witch cultures, Alena traverses the country with her mother in search of an unknown entity. When she finds Hunter everything changes. Their bond may be the key. But she is introduced to Theron, the first hybrid she's ever met, and second guesses herself. Can she figure it out before it's too late? Or will her mother's kingdom be reduced to embers?
The Being Me Series Books 2-4
Series: Being Me. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 259,660. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Follow Amanda as she navigates falling in love, family scrutiny, and a random act of violence. From her freshman year in college Amanda faces challenges to her health and in her relationships with family and friends. Read the follow up books to Is This Me?, including IF I COULD FLY, THINK YOU KNOW ME, and BEING ME, the finale of the series, in this bundled set!.
Being Me
Series: Being Me. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,930. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Coming of age
In attempt to manage her rage and shame after a violent assault, Amanda loses touch with reality. Her spiraling physical state forces her to act or die. She is determined to pick up the pieces of her life. Can she mend broken bonds with her friends and family? Will her epic love survive? Find out in this roller coaster finale of the Being Me series.
Drops of Sunshine
Price: Free! Words: 24,590. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Working as lifeguard at a camp for the blind seems like the perfect escape for Nina. But the job isn't the escape she wanted. Can embracing her truth help her heal and reveal possibilities she never imagined?
Think You Know Me
Series: Being Me. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,170. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Amanda’s first year of college is fraught with drama and parental scrutiny. With her relationship secure and a clean break from her parents, all she wants is a normal term. But fate steps in and deals a shattering blow. Think You Know Me will have you guessing from the first page.
Is This Me?
Series: Being Me, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,400. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Amanda has no trouble choosing a college or picking a major. What she does have a problem with is what she would have least expected, a guy. Smart and sexy, Doug is focused on school responsibilities and post-graduation plans. Their paths intersect and Amanda must accept his help or risk losing her scholarship.
If I Could Fly
Series: Being Me, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,240. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Amanda's first quarter at college was a little rocky but it evened out in the end. Now she only has five months to spend with Doug. Can they survive an ex, parents, and graduation? How will it feel to be without him? Can she survive a summer with her parents?