Author Interview- Susi Interviews TJ Cooper @TJCooper_

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I love to interview authors, especially those are that new to me.  I truly enjoy getting to know them and promoting their writing through my blog .

Introducing TJ Cooper, author of Faith & Hope.

Susi: How long have you been writing?

TJC: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, mostly in my head, though. Not always on paper.

 

Susi: When did your passion for writing begin?

TJC: My passion for writing started at the very beginning. I think the first time I was ever asked to write a story or a poem.

 

Susi: How many books have you published?

TJC: I’ve only published the one book, Faith & Hope but I’m working on another book. And I have a sequel in mind for Faith & Hope.

 

Susi: Are you interested in writing any other genres?

TJC: Most definitely. In fact, given the kind of books I read, I’m surprised my first book is a romance.

 

Susi: What books are you currently working on?

TJC: I’m currently working on a book called Moving On.  It’s another romance. I’ve also got a sequel to Faith & Hope that I’m working on as well. Plus a few others rolling around in my head.

 

Susi: When do you write?  Any specific routines?

TJC: I try to write whenever something pops into my head, although that’s not always practical. Mostly I’m a mid to late day, evening writer. Although I have been known to write into the wee hours of the night.

As far as routines go: I like to sit on my couch and write in a notebook. I’ll sometimes lay on my bed and write. I can’t just sit and type into a laptop. It doesn’t work for me. I also need music playing.

 

Susi: When not writing, what are your hobbies or interests?

TJC: I am a huge music fan. So I’m almost always listening to music. It’s always in the background except when the tv is on. I love to read–I read a lot–and I love football.

 

Susi: What inspires you to write?  Music, a muse?

TJC: What doesn’t inspire me to write? Often, things just pop into my head. Sometimes something I’ve read, sometimes real life. It could be anything really.

 

Susi: How would you describe yourself as a writer?

TJC: Oh that’s a tough one.  I think I’m a pretty good writer. I’m not Shakespeare, but I do okay.

 

Susi: How long does it generally take you to write a book?

TJC: That depends entirely on the story. Sometimes things just flow and sometimes I hit a block. Faith & Hope was written in a few days, it just sort of poured out.

 

Susi: Describe a typical writing day for TJ Cooper.

TJC: A day when I actually just write? It involves me sitting on the couch, music playing, my notebook and pen in hand and either a cup of coffee, cup of tea, a beer or even a glass of wine on the windowsill. If I’m doing well and the words are flowing from the pen, the tea or coffee gets cold and the beer or wine gets warm.

 

Susi: Do you have any advice to offer to new writers?

TJC: Yes. Just do it.  If you have a story idea just sit down and write it. Don’t fret about spelling or punctuation–that’s what spell check and beta writers are for. Don’t worry that no one will like your story. If you like it, others will, too.

 

Susi: Your biggest mistake as a writer? If any?

TJC: My biggest mistake as a writer was waiting so long to try. Lack of confidence held me back.

 

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Pet Peeve: People that drive below the speed limit

 

First thing you notice about a person: Eyes or smile

 

Hidden talents: I pick up lyrics to songs really quickly

 

Prized possession: my music

 

Currently Reading: I just finished A Dream of Death and Full Fathom Five by Harrison Drake

 

Fave drink: my go to beverage is tea but I drink coffee as well. Alcoholic beverage would be beer or wine

 

Fave TV Show: Supernatural

 

Star Wars/Star Trek: Both

 

Batman/Superman: Depends on my mood but in general I lean toward Superman

 

 

Any parting words from the author….

 

Yes, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has read my book. I want to thank everyone that has given me support and encouragement when I get insecure about my writing. And I want to tell anyone that has ever thought about writing a book to just sit down and write it. You can do it!! As Harry Potter said in The Order of the Phoenix ‘If they can do it, why not us?’

Thank you for asking me to do this interview, I am honored.

 

It was great getting to know you! I appreciate your time.  I’m sure your fans will be glad to get to know you better.

~Susi

 

 

Susi Interviews Kyra Davis, author of Just One Lie @_KyraDavis

Susi Interviews Kyra Davis, author of Just One Lie

 

I am super excited to share this interview with you today.  I am a huge Kyra Davis fan.  Her writing is incredible.  If you haven’t read any of her work yet, you must.

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Susi:  How long have you been writing?

Kyra:  Twelve years now.

Susi:  When did your passion for writing begin?

Kyra:  I didn’t start writing until I was in the middle of my divorce from my first husband. It was a difficult time. I was frustrated, anxious and angry. So, inspired by Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, I channeled all my violent impulses and wrote a murder mystery and killed off a bunch of men. Seriously though, it was while writing that book that I realized I had found a new direction for my life. Writing saved me. That murder mystery ended up being my first published novel, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte.

Susi: How many books have you published?

Kyra:  Just One Lie will make eleven.

Susi:  Are you interested in writing any other genres?

Kyra:  So far I’ve published Women’s fiction (So Much For My Happy Ending), chick-lit murder mysteries (the Sophie Katz series) and now romance (the Just One Night and Pure Sin series).  I might write a historical one of these days or maybe a fantasy novel. But for the moment I’m just so grateful to be able to write in those three genres.

Susi:  What books are you currently working on?

Kyra:  I am working on both a romance and a woman’s fiction novel right now as well as some Hollywood stuff but I’m not ready to talk much about all that yet. Still, I promise to keep you updated!

Susi:  When do you write?  Do you have any specific writing routines?

Kyra: I try to write during somewhat regular business hours, wrapping things up by seven. That way I can spend time with my family. But when a deadline’s looming I’ll work until all hours of the night. Just depends.

Susi:  When not writing, what are your hobbies or interests?

Kyra:  Well I’m a huge reader. I love to travel and go to museums (both science and art museums). Eating out, taking my dog on long walks, dancing, my husband and I have pool parties for our friends fairly regularly. Oh and I like going out with my girlfriends, seeing Magic Mike XXL, seeing Magic Mike XXL again, seeing Magic Mike XXL one more time…

Susi:  What inspires you to write?  Music, a muse?  Who was your muse for Robert Dade?

Kyra:  I have a Spotify soundtrack for each book that I play while writing. I choose songs that fit the tone of the manuscript I’m working on. In Just One Lie the protagonist is the lead singer of an indie band and she’s constantly listening to one song or another, so I listened to the songs she listened/danced to while writing those scenes.

As for Robert…He’s really his own man BUT it’s true that my now husband invited to fly me out to Vegas after what was basically our first date…and that he played high stakes blackjack and even offered me my own suite at the Venetian (since I barely knew the guy). It ended up being a very decadent, indulgent and extravagant weekend.  At the time it felt like I was in the middle of a story. So I did use that trip as a jumping off point for Dade.

Susi:  How would you describe yourself as a writer?

Kyra:  I write character driven stories regardless of whether I’m writing a romance or a murder mystery. And I’m meticulous about my prose.

Susi:  How long does it generally take you to write a book?

Kyra:  Depends on the book. I really should have at least four months but honestly, I miss the days when one book a year was the standard. That really allowed authors to research their subject matter and the settings of their novels and develop exceptionally unique and creative stories.

Susi:  Describe a typical writing day for Kyra Davis.

Kyra:  I turn on my music and start by reading a chapter of a book that inspires me. Something exceptionally well written. Then I just write and write and write!

Susi:  Do you have any advice to offer to new  writers?

Kyra:  Aspiring writers: If you’re not already active on social media, now’s the time to start. Maybe even start a blog. And if you’re writing genre fiction, look into self-publishing. Today publishing houses want to see that you can get your own following and create excitement about your work. If your self-published novel is a success the publishing houses will be lining up to offer you a contract. And if they know that you are capable of being successful without them they’re even more likely to give you the promotional support and attention you’ll need to be an even bigger success with them.

Susi:  Your biggest mistake as a writer? If any?

Kyra:  After my first book, Sex, Murder And A Double Latte, was a success I got complacent. I took my eye off the ball in regards to publicity and wasn’t as proactive as I needed to be in order to get the word out about the sequel, Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights.

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Pet Peeve

I absolutely love my family, but why can’t any of them figure out how to properly load a dishwasher?!

First thing you notice about a person

Their smile (or lack thereof).

Hidden talents

I know how to work it on a dance floor!

Prized possession

My grandfather found a seahorse washed up on the beach, brought it home, used it to make a mold and then melted down some silver scraps he was able to get his hands on to make a seahorse necklace for my grandmother. It’s now mine and it means the world to me.

Currently Reading

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Fave drink

Toss up between vodka and coffee. Depends on the time of day.

Fave TV Show

Probably Game Of Thrones (although it got REALLY dark this season)

Coffee or Tea

What’s tea?

Favorite Male Actor

My husband’s a director and screenwriter, which means we’re friends with some amazingly talented celebrity actors. They’re really wonderful, sensitive people…which means I can’t answer that question without getting in trouble.

Favorite Female Actress

See above.

Favorite Movie

Toss up between The Contender and Nothing But The Truth.

Any parting words from the author….

In many ways, I think Just One Lie is the most romantic book I’ve ever written. A sexy, edgy (at times dark), modern day fairytale. I’m really interested in seeing the readers reviews, good and bad, to find out if they agree!

Thank you Kyra for taking time out of your busy schedule.  It was awesome getting to know more about you and I am sure your fans will agree. And having just finished Just One Lie, I agree.  I absolutely loved it.  My full review is coming up on blog later this week.

~Susi – Reading and Writing Between the Wines Blog – Miami

 

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