E.M. Cooper


EM Cooper is an Australian author, who loves fantasy writing and all things magic. When detached from the keyboard, EMC enjoys design, puzzles, coffee and running.

Many years ago Isabel was created as part of a professional writing course but left in the bottom of a cupboard. The book was based in the land of Clanarde in a world first settled by travellers from Earth.

Clanarde was revisted in the Xavier series but years have passed and others have travelled from dark places to reach this world. They now seek to exert their influence.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being in another world where at whim I can add or take away a tree, an angel, a word or mountain range. This world begins vague and dreamlike but slowly, lines and shapes emerge and tones and colours form. At times this world turns on me; it eludes, taunts and mocks. On those days I feel inadequate and start checking job ads. But on good days when words and ideas start to flow, I sit in my trackies sipping coffee in the sun while scribbling ideas on paper or tapping new sentences on the keyboard. These are the best of days and writing is the best occupation humans invented.
Who are your favorite authors?
Where do I start? I love children's picture books - both the words and illustrations. Some of my favourites include: Where the Wild Things Are, Madeline, Milly Molly Mandy, Possum Magic, and John Brown and the Midnight Cat. I grew up with Enid Blyton's stories and as we had a large tree in the backyard I would climb as high as possible hoping it would morph into the Magic Faraway tree.

Some of my favourite fantasy authors include: Garth Nix, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman,Terry Pratchett and Jonathan Stroud, At present, I'm enjoying Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.
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Where to find E.M. Cooper online


Isabel: Running on the Edge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,470. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Life was perfect for 14 year old Isabel with good friends and a close family, but the accident changed everything. Forced to move to struggle town, Northgate, Isabel soon discovers life is not so easy. Angry and lonely, Isabel turns to her passions of running and art, but overlooks elements essential for happiness. Eventually she discovers the missing pieces but must decide what to do with them.

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ambition    art    dreams    friends and family    friendship    goals    motivation    peer pressure    running    school    school problems    sport    teenage   

Smashwords book reviews by E.M. Cooper

  • If Only to Love You on June 28, 2015
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    ‘If Only to Love You’ is a fascinating story that’s hard to put down. It’s partly a modern-day fairy tale and partly like an eerie Hitchcock film. Orphan, Soraya Fawn has just turned eighteen and is about to be turned onto the streets by her mercenary foster mum, but she’s still trying to make the most of her prom night. After falling into a fountain, she’s ready to surrender to its icy waters until she’s rescued by a mysterious stranger who gives her a hotel swipe card. At the hotel she meets handsome billionaire Mateo Winston and romance blooms. Her timely good fortune seems almost surreal until Mateo reveals a dark side to his personality. Overhearing a conversation, Soraya learns how bizarre and chilling her new life has become. When she is offered the opportunity to undertake a university degree, she realises that if she accepts the offer she has to compromise her ethics and soul. Ultimately Soraya must discover spirit and fight in another country in her search for freedom and happiness. The element of mystery and suspense is nicely sustained and it keeps the pace of the novel flowing and the plot interesting. L.M. Brae writes in a clear and easily readable style. This is a compelling story of entrapment, but ultimately escape. As I read, I found I needed to know whether Soraya would find happiness and fulfilment given her difficult beginnings. I enjoyed Soraya’s growth from a frightened and submissive teenager to a woman of strength and substance. This was an entertaining novel that was satisfying and one I would recommend.
  • Dane Curse on Aug. 26, 2015

    Dane Curse is called upon by the Syndicate, a mafia-like organisation and apex predator, who run every dark deed in Gold Coast City, to track the killer of Pinnacle, the ‘world’s mightiest hero’. Dane, an ex-black cape, has been lured out of retirement with an offer of 10 million dollars to track down the killer. He’s known as an invulnerable because of his cybernetic additions and powers and his resistance to bullets etc. Matt Abraham’s descriptions and metaphors are funny and original like jokes rolling off the tongue of a top-notch comedian. His writing style is smooth and easy and his plotting, fast and sharp. The overall story reads like a film script and I believe that’s where the story belongs. In a 3-D interpretation, you would get to appreciate the fast moving action, the vivid background world and the inventive scope of the characters’ powers and physicality. The dialogue also belongs to the world of film. It’s just so clever and effortlessly funny. His characters with brilliant names like Knuckles, Lynx, Smiley and Gloria Anna move in a futuristic city. Their battles are epic. As you read the violent and physical scenes, you find yourself torn between horror and laughter because there is so much deliberate understatement and humour. I loved the ideas of black and white capes, and the Special Powers Extraction Commission. I believe with the incorporation of some slick special effects this would make a great film as it has that alluring blend of action and humour. I recommend the novel to lovers of action, entertainment and laughter.