Today we welcome Tania Cooper.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Tania Cooper: I live in Melbourne Australia and I have three cheeky children who keep me on my toes constantly LOL. As an only child I’ve always had a passion for reading and getting lost inside a story which also branched out to creating and writing adventures of my own, so I feel blessed that I can now share my stories with other avid readers.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written?
Tania Cooper: Too Broken To Love – The Broken series book 1; Too Easy To Love – The Broken series book 2; Heaven’s Scent – book 1 in the Heaven’s Scent series; Between Worlds – book 2 in the Heaven’s Scent series; Shattered Halos – book 3 in the Heaven’s Scent series; Final Declaration – book 4 in the Heaven’s Scent series; and Love, Life & Naughty Bits Cold – Book 1 in the Cold series – Coming soon.
Book ‘Em: What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message?
Tania Cooper: The Broken series is about loss and how we cope with it and try and move forth in our lives while feeling as if we will never be whole again. In this series I made the female lead the broken one because there are so many books out there about broken males, I wanted something a little different. The Heaven’s Scent series is co-written with my bestie from the UK Ricky Cooper (not related at all, just besties who happen to have the same surname) and it follows the forbidden love of an Angel & a Demon through Heaven, Hell and then eventually here on Earth. It is raw, graphic and heartbreaking. We wrote the series wanting to highlight that even in the darkest of places, love still blooms. Love, Life & Naughty Bits, which is also co-written with Ricky, is a laugh out loud, pee your pants, romantic comedy, told with a massive twist. We wrote this book because we wanted to write something light and funny after being immersed in the darkness of our Heaven’s Scent series for so long. Cold is my latest contemporary romance novel which is yet to be released because I am shopping it around to literary agents. But I can’t wait until the day I can share it with my wonderful readers.
Book ‘Em: Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Tania Cooper: All of my books are fiction which is great because my crazy imagination can run wild with the stories I create.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Tania Cooper: I’m currently writing a short story for a charity anthology as well as the second book in the Cold series.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Tania Cooper: Wow, there’s been so many difficult pieces I’ve written, from someone contemplating jumping from a bridge, loss of a loved one, heartbreak in the most horrific way, it’s hard to choose the hardest, but it might be a torture scene in Heaven’s Scent book 1, between a loss soul and one of the Devils minions. I had to delve into a very dark place to write that.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Tania Cooper: I am the research Queen! Sometimes the time I take to research topics for my books is as much time as I actually sit down and write. With the Heaven’s Scent series I was constantly researching biblical topics from Angel/Demon names, places, events in history. That series is based on so many hours using Google LOL
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Tania Cooper: I’ve always been a romantic at heart, so I mainly stick to stories about love. I love sagas that flow over many books like the With Me In Seattle series by Kristen Proby. All authors inspire me, any one that can pour their bleeding heart out and onto a page is an inspiration to me. One author who is an amazing inspiration is Jean M. Auel who wrote the Earth’s Children series that was set in prehistoric Europe. It is amazingly accurate in all aspects of the stories and so intelligently told, and really tugged at my heart strings in so many ways
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Tania Cooper: My best friend Ricky had always been my biggest encourager and when I have feelings of doubt over my writing, he is always there to kick my butt back into gear.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Tania Cooper: My imagination is my greatest strength. Even though I hated growing up being an only child, I think that because I had to create my own adventures and games, it meant that I had to use my imagination to make things fun, so it’s paid off now that I am actually writing down all the stories that have lived inside my head.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Tania Cooper: I try and write every day, even if I can’t find the time to sit down at my computer for a few hours, I always have a notebook with me wherever I go so I can write down even the smallest of ideas and words. The only routine I follow when I’m in the thick of writing a story is that I have to have music going in the background which helps the words flow.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Tania Cooper: I would be hoping to be writing screenplays for movies or TV series as well as continuing to write romance novels of all types.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Tania Cooper: Research! Research the business first. Research the genre you want to write in and always know what’s currently selling or topping the charts if you want to write as a career. You need to know what is happening on your book world. But the most important thing is to write from the heart, that’s where the truest words come from.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Tania Cooper: That one of my books spoke to their heart in the most intimate of ways, that they really understood the character because they have also experienced something in life just like them.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
The bright lights of the city are a blur as the wetness in my eyes continues to well then fall down my cheeks, following the same path as the ones before them and the ones before them, as the car gains speed down the freeway.
My mind is a flurry of hurt and doubt as I realize this will be my last day in a place I once called home, a place I had friends and jobs that I loved, a place I felt could make my dreams come true and I had a comfortable existence in. But that’s far from the truth now.
As the car takes an unexpected sharp turn to the right off the exit ramp, I hear several cars screech and follow suit, cameras held outside their windows, flashes going off trying to get an exclusive picture. Their incessant harassment has finally become too much. Knowing they’re trailing me again, is the final nail in my coffin. My life, here, is really over. I’m actually going through with this plan. A plan that hopefully will guarantee me some peace and be the savior of my fragile sanity. Even though it may cost me all that is dear to my heart.