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26 May

Stories are meant to be heard. Listen to his.

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

David: I would describe myself as easy going, friendly and interested in the paranormal. I love animals and have 3 dogs, 5 budgies, 6 doves and 5 tortoises. I also like to travel.

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

David: I was always interested in writing at school. In the late 1980’s, I joined an open University writers type of academy and they would give you an idea to write about then comment on it. I interviewed Lynne McGranger of the Australian soap opera “Home and Away”, and the interview was published in People’s Friend, a UK magazine. It wasn’t until 2009 I showed some of my works to a colleague where I worked as an English teacher. He suggested I spend more time on writing, and bought me the book “On Writing” by Stephen King. I found the book very helpful. Being an English teacher, I decided to try my hand at writing English grammar content books. After that I decided I wanted to go into novels.

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

David: No. I don’t have any formal education in creative writing. I don’t think this is necessary as I believe everyone has a book inside them if they want to write one.

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

David: Writing for me is a hobby. I am retired now so I live on my pension. It is nice though to sell books and get some extra money.

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

David: The greatest achievement I have reached so far is by getting a poem featured in the Best Poets and Poems of 2012. The Poem is called God’s Garden.

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

David: No. I write when I get the urge to.

JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

David: I like to think I can get a book finished in 6 months. It depends on the story line. The hardest part for me is concentrating on the story I am writing as I tend to get other ideas about other plots for other stories.

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

David: No. I don’t have a professional editor.

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

David: I believe I am evolving all the time from one book to the next.

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

David: I haven’t had that problem yet.

JR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

David: Yes, I have my book covers designed by a lady who I found on Fiverr.

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

David: I promote my books on all the websites I can find. However, I find that by joining Facebook groups who are interested in the genre I write is better. Once you get to know the members of the group you can get them interested in reading your book. I also do give-aways.

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?

David: I think that self-publishing is replacing the traditional publisher.

JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

David: 12

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

David: The paranormal because I have had some paranormal experiences. I have written educational books, one children’s book, personal life experiences and a crime book.

JR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

David: The best book I have written so far in my opinion is The Devil Knows which is a story about the relationship between Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors murderers of 1960’s Britain. Readers, though not all, will find it appealing because the book takes you into their minds and why they committed such appalling acts. And that’s the real story behind the book.

JR: Any other works in progress?

David: Yes. I started writing a series about a paranormal investigator. The first one is The Ouija Board Mystery. The one I’m working on at the moment is The House of Dolls.

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

David: Keep at it.

JR: One last thing, how can readers discover more about you and your works?

David: My website is http://djcooperauthorblog.wordpress.com