Sunday, August 11, 2013

Welcome first time author Charlotte Copper

After a month's break, vacation and conference-going, we're back and ready for action!
Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Charlotte Copper who brings Oscar McAvoy from Silver Blade, a paranormal romance novella released from The Wild Rose Press. Oscar has the first turn at bat.

Thank you for having me here today. Please, call me Oz. Charlotte is one of the few that calls me Oscar. Oh, and she says thank you, too.

Where are you from, Oz? I was born in the south, but I go wherever the winds - well, actually, wherever the demons - take me.

Tell us a bit about Silver Blade, please. I should probably let Angela answer that one. She’d say “oh, it’s a romance” (in a sing-song voice), but it’s a kick-ass romance with demons and demon hunters. And of course, it’s how we met.

What did you think the first time you saw Angela? She was an angel. Figuratively speaking, of course. Wouldn’t want your readers to think there are angels and demons in the book. (Hey, wasn’t that written by someone else?) Anyway, Angela was an angel. She saved my life.

What was your second thought? Sexy!

Works for us, but did you think it was love at first sight? I’d have to say no. I mean, of course I love her now, but well, falling in love wasn’t something I was open to when we first met.

What do you like most about her? She’s got a good heart. Oh, and a great ass.

Also works for us. How would you describe her? Well, like I said, she’s got a good heart. She had a tough childhood, but it just made her a stronger woman. I mentioned her ass, right?

You did, yes. How would Angela describe you? Big. I mean like tall and muscular; that kind of big.

What made you choose demon hunting as a profession/career? I didn’t choose it, I was chosen. I was a sheriff before that.

What is your biggest fear? Keeping my angel safe.

How do you relax? (Gives a deep, throaty chuckle.) Uh, I better say shooting pool.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Blondie. The guy that Clint Eastwood played in “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? ‘Everything that happens today was written by the fates long ago.’ Oh, and ‘don’t turn your back when fighting a demon.’

It's Charlotte's turn now: What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I love paranormal books, and the idea that you can have a series but that the characters can change from book to book. So Kelley Armstrong and her Otherworld series, or Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld.

Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them? Because I write novellas, I didn’t really think I had much of a chance getting published. I stumbled across The Wild Rose Press while looking on line for e-books. I read a number of their other novellas, and I decided to give it a shot.

Tell us a bit about the submission process. My first book got rejected, and it took another year and a half before I felt comfortable making a second submission.

How long did it take from query to release?When I did get accepted, I worked with a wonderful editor, Eilidh MacKenzie. We went back and forth with edits; she’s was great on the feedback she offered, and very open if there was something I didn’t want to change. Then it was just an issue of waiting for the cover, and the release date, etc. From submission to release it was about ten months.
Thanks, Charlotte and many congratulations on your first release. A woman never forgets her first time. We hope you'll have many more stories come out.
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Charlotte Copper and the stories she creates go to:

To purchase Silver Blade go to:
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/10EnetM
Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/13aL6oH
Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/14E2JUg

Note: Charlotte will be giving away a pdf copy of Silver Blade to two readers randomly selected from all those who leave a comment for her on any of the blogs she visits during her “tour”. (Visitors can have multiple entries if they comment at more than one blog. Dates & sites for Charlotte’s tour can be found on her website.)