Please welcome talented author, blogger and musician, Kevin Cooper, to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author. Thank you, Kev, for coming today to share your books and music with my readers.
1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Hull, England. I went to university and grad school in the US where I live and worked for almost 20 years.
I have held a variety of menial work posts and have had several careers spanning across tutoring, teaching, lecturing to management. I am now a part-time author and amateur musician.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve wanted to write for many years but have never really had the time. When moved back to England, I was determined to start a writing career, but life got in the way again and it has only been in the past three years that I have started to write and publish.
3. What process do you need in order to write?
My writing process is simple. When it’s in my head, I write it. I don’t go into any elaborate planning on how my book is going to be set out… that’s all done later. But I am a bit OCD with things having to be done in chronological order. I wracked my brains over this while writing my memoirs! Seriously… things have to be done sequentially. This is my biggest flaw when it comes to writing. That’s why I’m so glad to be working upon my final memoir, and I’ll be even happier when it’s done. But having said that, it does affect my other works somewhat as well, so I’ve started to make myself consider using, sometime earlier or a period of time from now in the future, as in a ‘two days from now’ type of approach… honestly it’s a struggle but I’m determined to overcome it.
4. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
I have several so I’ll share just my latest and the one I have coming out in December. Here’s the link to my page which shows my other books, each with a synopsis:
My other two books which are not yet listed upon the page link given are:
The Magic of Geo:
This is a children’s fantasy that takes you to the magical land of Geo where people, goblins and even trolls live in relative harmony. It is the old wizard’s job to maintain this harmony when things go amiss. The wizard meets more than his match when the evil shadow comes with his demon hordes. With the people held captive deep within the caverns of Geo, their fate and all of Geo rests in the hands of the old worn out wizard, a ragtag bunch of goblins, and a mysterious little girl.
This is a lovely collection of short stories and poetry about cats, dogs, birds, and even a mouse wins admiration. Most of these tales were inspired by real life events. Proceeds from Animal Tales are donated to the RSPCA and other animal rescue centres. Animal Tales comes out in the middle of December this year and is already available for pre-order from Amazon Kindle.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
They just come to me. Just about anything can inspire them. A lot of my poetry is inspired by events happening around me… a bird hopping by on the ground, one of my cats getting into a bother, sleepless nights… anything really. My first memoir was inspired by my counsellor when she discovered my greatest strength writing. My children’s fantasy was inspired by my love for fantasy.
6. What projects are you currently working on?
I mentioned at the beginning that I’m an amateur musician… I’m currently promoting my newly released single: Christmas Time! By KC & The Barker Family. For those who are interested it can be downloaded from AmazonMp3 and has already received two five-star reviews within its first week:
After Christmas I’ll be finishing up Caboodle… (It’s at the editing stage) which is another collection of short stories, poems, and song lyrics related to life, family, love, and faith. There is a collection of flash fiction tales included. I’m hoping to have this done in time for Valentine’s Day.
7. What do you expect to accomplish in 2016?
As just mentioned above, I expect to release Caboodle early in the year. Then I’m hoping to really grind into my final memoir. I’m also working on some of my songs so there may be a couple or more single releases to help promote the full album I’m working on.
8. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Music, but that also involve writing as I’m mainly a songwriter. I like to travel a bit, visit places, go to the cinema, the theatre, and watch my video collections. I read a lot as well.
9. What is your target audience for your book?
The Magic of Geo is for children ages 9-14 but some adults like it too. Animal Tales is for anyone who loves animals… more of family sharing type of book.
10. What advice would you give prospective authors?
Don’t be afraid to promote your work… keep at it. People will not know it’s there if you don’t promote it and there are many ways in which to do so such as on my site and others like it. When companies advertise, they don’t just throw out one advert they use several and have them repeated over and over… this is what you have to do with your own work to make it a success.
11. Is there anything else you would like to share?
It’s been such a pleasure doing this interview with you, Janice and I greatly appreciate all of your wonderful support to myself and other indie authors. Thanks for hosting me on your lovely blog!
It was my pleasure to have you on my blog, Kev, and to support you. Please stop by again when you have some new books or music to share with my readers and me. You are now part of the Jemsbooks Blog family!
I read one of your books recently and would like to share my review with readers. It was a powerful book.
A Gripping Story of Survival!, October 30, 2015
MIEDO: Living Beyond Childhood Fear (Kindle Edition)
Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear is a mesmerizing story of a child’s difficult and fearful time growing up. All Miedo wants from his family is to be accepted and loved but instead he must deal with rejection, bullying, taunting, and trickery from his sisters, stepmother, father and grandfather.
Miedo tries to solve his problems on his own and find friends who will accept him and fill the void in his empty life. There are many heartbreaking things that happen to him but he somehow deals with each one in turn. The question is how will Miedo deal with the demons he cannot understand? With whom can he share his fears!
A profoundly touching and heartbreaking story that brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to reading book two. The author has poured his heart and soul into this memorable memoir that will stay with this reader for a long time.
I highly recommend this unforgettable book to all.
Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this talented author/musician. Please check out Kevin’s links for his books and music.
REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!