Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Interview with Loren Cooper, author or CrossTown

Now available to purchase on Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, ThriftBooks, and Target is the fantasy novel CrossTown by Loren W. Cooper.

The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk about his new novel CrossTown.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

As early as I can remember, I hung on family stories, I read voraciously, and I told myself stories in play or for relaxation. It took me until college to think about writing for publication.

What was your first book/story published?

First short story published was Eyes of Yesterday in 1995.

What inspired you to write CrossTown?

The initial scene with the Jigsaw Man came to me after seeing a horror movie done badly. It made me want to write a scene with similar elements where it was done well.

What character in CrossTown is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

The White Wolf is the most fun to write. He captures my smartass element. Unlike me, he feels little need to filter his acerbity.

What is your favorite part in CrossTown?

The setting itself. All the myriad Ways of Possibility branching out through time and space.

What was the hardest part to write?

The setting. CrossTown blurs character and setting. Capturing the breadth and depth of it is impossible. You can only shoot and hope to get close to the target.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Something that could scratch the creative itch. Composer, sculptor, painter. But I don't have talents for those things, so I'm probably better off writing.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I read reviews, repost ones I think make good points, but they're more marketing than feedback on the writing.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Roger Zelazny, John Steakly, Robert Pirsig, Bruce Catton, Dashiel Hammett.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I have a mss going in front of editors about the end of days, and I have a sf/fantasy draft I'm pretty happy with and I'm starting a book that might well tie into CrossTown.

About the Author

Loren W Cooper is the author of four novels, one short story collection and one nonfiction work. He has won the NESFA in 1998 and the EPPIE for Best Anthology in 2001. He is married with two daughters. He currently lives in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Favorite authors include Zelazny, Hammet, Steakley, and Catton. Loren Currently works for Hewlett-Packard.

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