Q&A with Year Two short story writer Karina Cooper
Another fine day yesterday has us within $200 of $10,000, which is 40%, with 12 days to go. We're also just a few backers shy of hitting 250. Please keep spreading the word, it's doing us a lot of good.
And here's Karina Cooper. She still has some autographed books available as rewards if you like what you read!
Q&A with Karina Cooper
Why are stories important, and what compels you to be a storyteller?
Stories are the lifeblood of a culture. No matter how far you go back, stories have always been told. They're a way to share knowledge, to spread warnings, to explore the boundaries each society sets before us. They carry the sequence of entire generations, whole worlds lost to time, and we retell them over and over. I like to think that there are secrets buried in the stories we tell, from mass market candy to literary genius, street-side orating to lush performances.
All that said, I don't think of myself as anything quite so grand. I tell stories for a living because I've found a way to, you know, tell stories for a living. I appear to be some kind of compulsive liar on paper -- or in pixels -- and I take great joy in channeling it towards something real and tangible, like a book. It makes me happy to think I'm providing a few hours' enjoyment for people. I'm inherently selfish; I like being happy with my career choice.
What are your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love romance -- not just the genre, but also the concept. Stories about two people coming together (eh heh) over conflicts and opposing forces. I love stories that tickle the fancy with ludicrous adventures, and I'm quietly fascinated by stories that explore the dark recesses of the psyche's fantasy land. I read because that, too, makes me happy, so when I find a book I love, I read it over and over throughout the years.
Are those the same kind of stories you like to write? If not, what do you like to write?
Kind of! I write romance into a lot of my stories, even the non-romance ones, because I think that love and companionship is an integral part of the human condition. Not everyone wants it, finds it, or cares, but it is something that happens along the way, sometimes without encouragement. I like writing adventures, and I do have a bit of a darker tone. I write about choices that aren't so much black and white as mired in gray, I like taking horrific things and making them seem like the better choice. I don't know if the things I write are inspired by the things I read, but it all helps fuel the well of imagination.
Do you have a project you are working on now that you can tell us about?
I do! Three of them. The first is the next installment in my steampunk urban fantasy series, The St. Croix Chronicles. Corroded will pick up where Gilded left off, following Cherry St. Croix to the darkest places in London below, watching her unravel as she hunts down a killer.
The second is Wicked Lies, a novella in my paranormal romance Dark Mission series. This one is near and dear to my heart because it features Jonas Stone, the tech expert who first showed up in Blood for the Wicked and has always lent a helpful hand when needed. This is my first LGBTQ novella, and all proceeds from the sales will go to the It Gets Better Project to help troubled, bullied and questioning LGBTQ teens.
Last, is my secret project. I can't tell you what it is, but it's got a noirish feel and I post snippets here and there on my Facebook, if you'd like to come peek. http://www.facebook.com/authorkarinacooper
Anything you can tell us about the story you are planning for Fireside?
Three words: Inspector Gadget, noir.
Tell us something about you that doesn't make it into your biography.
I once had a hellish traveling experience that involved spending 14 hours in travel limbo. When they finally managed to get us on a plane, the in-flight movie was so surreal—but at that rate, exhaustion had kicked in and I found it fascinating and funny as balls. I don't remember what it was called, but it was about this writer who wrote about an imaginary girlfriend, and she miraculously appeared. With his magic typewriter, he could command her to do all sorts of crazy things. His family all met her, friends met her, and in the end, when he let her go, he found another real girl who looked exactly like her.
And all I could think about was, "Won't your friends and family think you're dating her twin?"
That's it. That's the depth to which I take my movie critiques.
After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romance, steampunk urban fantasy, and writes across multiple genres with mad glee. One part glamour, one part dork, and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an airship captain’s wife, and a steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, a menagerie, a severe coffee habit, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. Visit her at www.karinacooper.com, because she says so.