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Author Spotlight: A.R. Cooper

Who is A.R. Cooper?

A.R. Cooper loves reading and writing YA Fantasy and paranormal romance. When not writing or reading, she enjoys her husband and family, friends, Zumba, Martial Arts including Maui Thai, and hack-n-slash/dungeon crawler video games. She’s a wife, mom, and a writer. Her favorite genres are YA Fantasy, paranormal romance, urban and epic fantasy, and historical. A.R. Cooper is the YA pen name of author Andrea R. Cooper – adult fantasy, paranormal and historical romance

What motivated you to write your first novel?

Actually, since childhood, I created characters and plots. Neighborhood kids and I would act and ad lib the stories. Then I turned to writing as the ideas wouldn’t stop after I became an adult.

What strange things do you do when you write?

I have to have music or some type of noise in the background while I write. It’s difficult for me to sit down at the computer with complete silence.

What was your greatest challenge writing this story and how did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge was writing out Beth. Even though I read a ton of YA books and written a dozen adult novels, this was the first time I wrote a YA story. I overcame it by sending to my beta readers and having friends with teens review early drafts of the books too. Their feedback was invaluable.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters in this book, who would you choose and what would you do?

I would spend the day with Amar and find out all about Ancient Egypt J.

What’s next for you and your writing career?

Currently, I’m plotting out Ancient Bloodlines, Book 2.5 in the Shadow Bloodlines series as well as brainstorm for Book 3 in the series.  Can you tell I have writer ADD and have to jump around on different projects? LOL

What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas?

Everything and everywhere. From a dream to overhearing a snippet of conversation to daydreaming help me with ideas.

What is something you are not good at doing?

I’m terrible at arts and crafts. Like Pre-K kids are better than me. So painting, drawing, sewing, even cutting and gluing things turn out horrible.

What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?

That love is real and conquers all.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, watch TV and movies, Zumba, martial arts, but mostly just spending time with my family.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Keep writing, read, repeat.

What are your favorite characters that you have created?

I love Amar from Shadow Bloodlines. He is a complex character trying to make amends for the past, yet being drawn into love he doesn’t think he deserves.

What is one piece of advice you would give to your teenage self?

Write now while time is open and easy. Later, with family and responsibilities, time flies by too quickly.

 

Purchase A.R. Cooper’s novels

Shadow Bloodlines

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Deadly Bloodlines

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Connect to A.R. Cooper

https://www.facebook.com/arcooperYA/
https://twitter.com/AR_Cooper_YA
http://www.andrearcooper.com/viking-fire.html

 

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