Week two of 3Q’s and we get to start it off with a BANG!
Join me in welcoming author, S.H. Cooper aka – the WORLD CHAMPION of How to Write a Man!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
S.H.: Writing time is whenever I can squeeze it in! I don’t really have a set time to sit and write, I prefer to let the words come to me instead of trying to chase them down. I don’t even write every day, only most of them (I know, I know, for shame!). I try to keep my minimum word count to 500 and hit it more often than not, but I’ve learned not to beat myself up if I don’t. The most important thing is getting any words down at all.
Steve: Out of all your releases, do you have a character you could write about forever?
S.H. I really love all my characters, but I think if I had to pick one, it’d probably be Eudora Fellowes from Inheriting Her Ghosts. I feel the most kinship with her and just love her personality. She’s strong-willed and sharp-tongued and just a lot of fun to spend time with. Not to mention it means I get to write about her dogs, Black Shuck and Cerberus, too, who are just the goodest of boys. I still hear her quite loudly, so who knows; maybe her story isn’t quite done yet (though it was meant to be, even if she refuses to accept that).
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
S.H.: My newest solo release was the aforementioned Inheriting Her Ghosts (Sleepless Sanctuary Publishing), a Victorian gothic novella. People should read because it features a strong, middle-aged leading lady (which I think we definitely need more of) squaring off against both ghosts and society as a whole with two of the bestest boys at her side. A haunted cliff-side manor, a half-century of secrets, a bitter legacy that refuses to rest. What’s not to love?
I also co-edited the feminist horror anthology, A Woman Built By Man (Cemetery Gates Media), which is an absolute powerhouse of feminine voices coming together to rally against all the ways women are built up and broken down by a patriarchal society. From the brutally realistic to the fantastic, our authors covered a lot of ground that I think is very important when it comes to understanding the female/female-identifying experience.
Steve: Bonus question time! Did you have a favorite wrestler as a kid?
S.H.: Yes, actually. It wasn’t The Undertaker or Stone Cold Steve Austin or even The Rock, though! It was the 4-foot-tall teddy bear my brother would practice The People’s Elbow on in our backyard. He was a good sport, never complained.
Thank you so much for doing this!
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