**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with JEFFREY COOK
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I mostly work in sci-fi and fantasy of various kinds. All the novels I’ve published so far have been steampunk, because that was the kind of setting the first two characters I created for the series could both live in.
I have a YA science fiction story coming out early next year, along with the third and final (for now) volume of Dawn of Steam.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Regeneration. I’d love for my knees to heal, and be able to get around without pain, or having to deal with further upcoming surgeries.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I get stuck all the time. Usually, customized music to whatever I’m writing, short breaks to play games and refresh my mind, and occasional pokes from my editor help me get back to work. Occasionally I’ll need to at least make notes for other ideas and inspirations to get them out of my mind before getting back to my main work in progress.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The part that comes after. I’m glad I’ve got an editor now.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
My wife or possibly my editor would be doing the preparing (my wife makes some amazing mashed potatoes). If we have to rely on me for food, we’re all eating pizza.
6. What is your typical day like?
I usually get up around 10 (I work best late at night), take painkillers, read e-mail, then play with the dogs. After that, the work day starts, whether working on writing, editing, technical writing, or side projects. Eventually people get home, so spend a while with them, have dinner, tend to the dogs a bit more, etc. Eventually, put my wife to bed, and get back to work until 3 or so.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I like to think characters are the heart of my writing, and most of my story ideas start with the characters. Occasionally, because they are the heart of the story, they can be the hardest to write while keeping everything consistent and making sure there’s no conflict with other parts of the story at hand.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Some characters may be an amalgamation of a lot of different people. My main heroine from a YA book later next year has severe ADHD, so I’ve been taking a lot of information from friends and contacts who have gone through dealing with it, for example. Despite using that information, I very rarely write people who are direct translations of people I know.
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his
The narrator, Gregory, is a nice guy who’s trying really hard to keep an accurate journalistic account of everything that’s happening. That doesn’t make him a reliable narrator. Even in the second book, he’s still in the process of overcoming a lot of preconceptions as an English male of the early 19th century.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I have two books slated for early next year. One has been written for some time, but is undergoing editing and cover creation through Fire & Ice Press, the YA imprint of Melange books. I’m hopeful that that book, The Accidental Inquisitor, will be out in February.
The Accidental Inquisitor follows a girl in a slightly more authoritarian future, where careers are assigned based on aptitudes, and microchips are implanted to give you the skills needed to do your job. The girl, Mina Cortez, has long been hoping to be a ballerina, but has largely given up hope on that dream, expecting to run her parents’ flower shop instead. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up with the skills and assignment of a detective and secret agent. She’ll need all the help her best friend, Amiko Kimura, and Amiko’s undead Chevrolet, Vlad the Impala, can provide if she’s going to solve a kidnapping that turns into a far deeper conspiracy.
In March, the third book of the Dawn of Steam series will be out, completing the story for now.
Links to Jeffrey’s website, blog, books, etc.
Book web site: www.dawnofsteam.net
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOC6HNU (first book in series)
Author FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.cook.54390
Series FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/dawnofsteamtrilogy
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Jeffrey Cook, his new release, and an excerpt from DAWN OF STEAM: GODS OF THE SUN, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!