Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! 😉 Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.
I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Charlotte Copper who is here to share her new book, Silver Blade with us!
Please show Charlotte some real Ranch love!
Thank you for having me!
Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.
This was probably the hardest question because I was trying to think of something other than my standard “from Canada, second marriage, one daughter, two step-daughters” and then I realized there is something very important about me that I haven’t really mentioned…I’m a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2001 at the same time I was going through a divorce. I’ve got a clean bill of health now, but having cancer changes you. I find myself thinking more often “life is too short not to (fill in blank)” Since then I’ve gotten remarried, have three tattoos (celebrating one, five & ten years cancer free), and have the wonderful honor of having Silver Blade published.
That is definitely something mention-worthy, Charlotte! Huge celebratory congratulations on beating the demon all women fear will come breathing down on us! Thank you for sharing that and I love the idea of your tats. Very cool idea.
Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.
My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room though I do have a room I can go to. What does your writing space look like?
I have an office in my house since I work from home, but because I spend all day in there at my “real” job, I tend to find myself sitting on my bed with my laptop when I’m writing. In the winter, I let the cats in to snuggle and keep me warm. In the summer, they’re locked out of my bedroom.
LOL I have one cat I started locking out of the bedroom when I had my hysterectomy in 2000, the year after I got her.
For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?
I hate to rub it in, but both come naturally. For names, I keep a list of names in my notebook, and I often pair my H&H as soon as the names come to me. For titles, I like to have a color + word, like my name, Charlotte + Copper.
They both come naturally to me also. 🙂
What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?
Although creativity should be allowed to flow, there really is a lot of structure around writing a book, and if you don’t know the basics then take some courses before you start. I don’t mean you need a 4 year degree in English, but some basic courses in writing can help a lot.
The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?
I think acceptance of non-print books is needed by both writers and readers. I think the e-movement is great for a lot of authors because if you get the right momentum (blog tours, reviews, etc), you can hook new readers versus trying to get prominent shelf space in a book store. For me as a novella-length writer, e-readers are a blessing but I’m still amazed at the number of friends and family that only read paper.
Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?
I wish my fellow Roses (Wild Rose Press authors) lived closer. I’d love to do regular lunches with them to learn and share.
So would I! I’m making a bucket list for when I win the lottery. This just became #6 LOL
It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. 😆
Favorite animal? Giraffe (but don’t tell my cats!)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Summer
Favorite food? Tie: Coke & chocolate
Well done! 🙂
Okay, Flash four. Ready?
What are you working on now?
I’m struggling with whether I re-work a recent story I received back from my editor, or put it aside and focus on another project. (I’ve wasted a lot of time “struggling”, and haven’t moved forward on either side for awhile.)
I think a lot of us have been where you are. I know I have! 😀
What are you sharing today?
I’m keeping it simple, and this is the cover blurb from my recent release Silver Blade. It is a paranormal-romance, e-novella.
Oscar McAvoy hunts demons. Chosen to rid the world of evil, he nevertheless condemns himself as a murderer. When saved by the beautiful Angela Knight, he judges himself undeserving of love.
Angela Knight is on the way back from her brother’s funeral when she stops to help a fallen motorcycle rider. Her body responds to the handsome stranger, a man whose scars and tough exterior suggest a rough and dangerous life. When she can’t stop thinking about him, Angela must decide if she is willing to give the sexy, mysterious stranger a chance.
Love chooses us; we do not choose who we will love or who will love us.
Where can we find you and your books?
website & blog: http://charlottecopperauthor.com or http://is.gd/cNnXmx
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.copper.52 or http://is.gd/C05P6o
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/10EnetM
Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/13aL6oH
Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/14E2JUg
Where will you be next?
Angela & Oz are going to be answering some of their own questions in August. Angela will be visiting Babette James (www.babettejames.com/posts) on August 2nd. And Oz is being interviewed by Wild Women Authors (http://wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.ca) on August 12th. Come check him out…I mean, check out what he has to say.
I’m biased because Silver Blade is a novella, but I’ve been reading a lot of these shorter (less than 100 page) books lately. I think the novella offers a perfect escape that you can download onto your e-reader and read over lunch or on the bus to work. I’d like to end by asking what other readers think about the increased availability of the shorter book/novella? Are they worth it?
I’ll be giving away a pdf copy of Silver Blade to two readers randomly selected from all of those who leave a comment for me on the blogs I visit during my tour. (Visitors can have multiple entries if they comment at more than one blog. Dates & sites for my tour can be found on my website.)
Thank you again, Calisa, for allowing me to visit.
Thank you so much for playing along Charlotte! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.