Interview with Tricia Copeland

Published 2016-05-19.
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.
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