Author Interview: Jeffrey Cook
Hi, Jeffrey, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
What were you like at school?
I was a weird and busy kid: I mostly hung out with the geeks, talked gaming, comics, movies, books, etc. but had football practice and weight room time daily, played football, spent time reviewing playbooks and watching game film, etc.
Were you good at English?
I managed to get my degree in it and survive three years as a professional sports journalist. My editor/co-writer sometimes finds this baffling, considering how prone I am to punctuation errors.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My primary ambition for my writing career is to make a living writing books. I'd love to add adjectives like 'comfortable' living, but right now, I'd be happy with continuing to be able to pay the bills off of book sales, pay my wonderful editor, and maybe consistently pay down credit cards and those other fun things.
Secondarily, I love being able to inspire people. I became an avid reader, in part, due to Thor #279. Sure, Marvel's mythology is questionable at best, but it sparked an interest in the real myths, and from there, fantasy in general. I'd love to know that some of my books helped hook people on reading, maybe sent them running to Google or other references a time or two, started them researching history or mythology, etc.
Author Interview: E. A. Copen
Hi E.A. Copen, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Which writers inspire you?
Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs are two giants in the urban fantasy genre that are inspirations to me. I never would have written this book if I hadn’t accidentally found their books. But R.R. Virdi is my daily inspiration on the NaNoWriMo Facebook group. I probably wouldn’t have published if I hadn’t had his journey to follow online.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m in the early editing stages for Blood Debt, the sequel to Guilty by Association. I’m also starting a re-write of an old space opera I shelved in 2014 called Broken Empire.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
In the beginning of the series, Judah Black’s special abilities aren’t that special. She can see auras and use magick to enhance herself physically but that’s about it. It’s not her magick that makes her special. She occupies a unique place in the world. As a federal agent, it’s her job to track and register supernaturals and to also work any cases involving them that crosses her desk. But, unlike some of her co-workers, she’s not blind to the injustices of a government organization that limits the rights of a specific group of people. She recognizes the need for some kind of law enforcement and that BSI (the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations) fills that void…but there’s always room for improvement. Her dissatisfaction with the agency only grows as the series goes on.