L. Andrew Cooper


L. Andrew Cooper specializes in the provocative, scary, and strange. His latest novel, Crazy Time, combines literary horror and dark fantasy in a contemporary quest to undo what may be a divine curse. Other published works include novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines; short story collections Leaping at Thorns and Peritoneum; poetry collection The Great Sonnet Plot of Anton Tick; non-fiction Gothic Realities and Dario Argento; co-edited fiction anthologies Imagination Reimagined and Reel Dark; and the co-edited textbook Monsters. He has also written more than 30 award-winning screenplays. After studying literature and film at Harvard and Princeton, he used his Ph.D. to teach about favorite topics from coast to coast in the United States. He now focuses solely on writing and lives in North Hollywood, California.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm weird. _Crazy Time_ is my eleventh book, the first that I've self-published. Small and academic presses have handled all the others, including the two novels and two short story collections. Although I wouldn't necessarily reject them or their fabulous resources, I've never been a fit for the so-called "big five" publishers, the majors, because their idea of "good" fiction tends to be fiction similar enough to what has sold before to make them confident the "new" stuff will sell now. The "mainstream," also referred to as "traditional publishing," relies on stories and characters that follow familiar and reassuring patterns, even when aspects of the stories claim to be bleak or edgy. Don't get me wrong--some of the big publishers' stuff is actually good. But most of it is crap, and though I believe escaping formulae completely is impossible, I am not interested in setting out to write according to the patterns of what has been selling lately. My characters take on their own lives (and deaths) inside me, and their stories evolve without consideration for my wallet. Therefore, I didn't even try to find a publisher for _Crazy Time_, which I believe some, but far from all, readers will love, not despite but because of its weirdness. To reach these readers, I decided to go it (mostly) alone. Will I succeed? Still trying... check back with me later...
What is your writing process?
Ideas for possible stories pop into my head on a fairly regular basis. I very, very rarely take notes or otherwise try to preserve them when they're new. They must go through a process I refer to as my brain's Darwin Effect: if I forget about them, and most of them are forgettable, they are clearly not fit to survive. But some of them stay around, blend with each other, mutate randomly, take root, grow... and if a concept grows a character, or a character grows a concept, I may just have found something fit. I usually have some major story elements (beginning, middle, and/or end, that kind of thing) before the next major step, which is to brainstorm, almost always with software so that I can immediately start to arrange ideas into the shape of an outline. If I can produce a complete outline that suits the form and medium (e.g. full-length novel, feature screenplay), I'm ready to draft. I write from beginning to end, following my outline (allowing changes, of course), but also obsessively rereading and editing as I go along. With a complete draft, I usually do two or three more editorial passes before sending it off to friendly readers, who prompt more edits. Then... maybe soon, maybe months and an extra edit later, maybe years and many edits later, maybe never, the work goes off into the world.
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Where to find L. Andrew Cooper online


Crazy Time: A Bizarre Battle with Darkness and the Divine
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,850. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
What if God is out to get you? Lily Henshaw, an agnostic, suffers from increasingly bizarre traumatic events that convince her she’s in a crossfire between God and Satan reminiscent of the Book of Job. She doesn’t take sides: preparing to confront even the Almighty, she follows psychics, Satanists, preachers, and corporate executives toward an apocalyptic showdown.

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