Today is Day 3 of Contemporary Month! We have J.S. Cooper with us today sharing an interview and an excerpt!
Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won't be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love.
Zane Beaumont is the mysterious and snooty guy that comes into her diner every Friday night with a different girl. He's the type of guy she's learned to avoid: carefree, fast, handsome, rich, and sarcastic. Unfortunately, she can't stop thinking about the devilish gleam in his eyes.
When Lucky's car breaks down one night after a party, it is Zane who comes to her rescue. As Zane attempts to sweep Lucky off of her feet, she soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and that Zane may very well be the guy for whom she changes the rules. That is until she meets Braydon.
Interview with J.S. Cooper
What is the most important thing about being a writer?
I think the most important thing about being a writer is being true to the story you want to tell. There is nothing worse than writing a story that doesn’t come from your heart. Once your characters deliver the message you want them to deliver, I feel you have done your job. I do believe that writers should be cognizant of readers expectations and wants, as they are the ones taking the story in but I think that ultimately a writer needs to deliver a story that has the impact on the reader that they are looking for.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I literally have a very active imagination. I can think up 10 stories in 10 minutes out of no-where and love every single one of them. I am inspired by just about everything in life. An odd phrase, a weird look, a funny joke, a sweet couple walking down the street, a leave falling from a tree. Just about every thing means something and gives me an idea for a new book.
How do you cope if you get a bad review?
At first I get really upset and close the page quickly, then I go back and read the review carefully to see what I can gain from it. It is helpful to understand what it is that the reader wanted that I didn’t give them. However, I find that I try not to look at reviews too often any more.
How do you choose your characters names?
I usually choose names that I have been drawn to in the past or I look at name websites until I saw a name that strikes a chord in me.
What makes you laugh?
Plaintiffs on Court TV shows!
Your favourite authors?
Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Nicole Krauss, Charles Dickens, and Markus Zusak.
Favourite book right now?
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I still think of that book and the words still touch me deeply.
What genres of books do you read?
I like to read chick lit and literary fiction the most. However I go through phases where I read 15 dystopian or romance books in a row.
My two favorite books from childhood are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Homecoming by Cynthia Voight. I’ve read both books over 10 times and can still remember both of them vividly.
Did you ever dream you would become an author?
I have always written but thought it was a pipe dream to make a living from writing. Now I am living my dream and it feels amazing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to still be writing and doing well. One of my goals is to also write for TV, so I would love to get into screenwriting as well.
Random questions -
Yellow, I associate the color with sunshine and warmth and it makes me happy.
Favourite food? French fries.
Is there a person, alive or dead, you dream about meeting if you could? I would love to have been able to meet 3 people: Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandela and Bradley Cooper. All for different reasons though!
Excerpt from The Last Husband
“Zane, those are not boxer shorts.” I gasped as I stared at him standing there in his briefs half-naked.
“What can I say?” He grinned at me and grabbed me by the waist. “I have no shame when it comes to you.”
“Why do I think we’re making a huge mistake?” I laughed and we ran to the ocean hand-in-hand. We dropped our clothes on the sand and I raced ahead of Zane. “Catch me if you can.” I jumped into the water and gasped at how cold it was. I dove under and swam to warm myself up and as I bobbed back up, the cool air caressed my face while the sun kissed me. I lay back on my back and floated in the water enjoying the warmth on my face for a few seconds before Zane grabbed me from behind.“Come here you.” He growled and wrapped his arms around me tightly.