An Interview with Cooper McKenzie

Author Image 5Today we’re talking with Cooper McKenzie, author of thirty-eight books (at present) with Siren, about life, writing, and furbabies.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

A: I was five and it was a Dr. Seuss book, though I can’t remember which one. I sat and held this book and knew, just knew, that I wanted to make magic like I was holding in my hand.

Q: How did you get into writing erotic romances?

A: It was many years later and after having not such good success with a string of YA and children’s novels under another name, I was basically forced to take eighteen months off from writing. Which means I tried, but nothing I wrote was worth saving, much less showing to anyone else. Finally I had a screaming fit at the Universe. It ended with the threat that unless I started producing something that I started having fun and making money with my writing, I was going to take every scrap of paper to the backyard, have a giant bonfire, and have the check ready to pay the fine when the city Fire Department showed up.

Q: How do you write? Pantster or plotter?

A: I like to think that I write from the heart. I can’t plot because invariably about halfway through writing, the characters take over, the story takes a left turn into something completely unexpected, and ends up so much better than what I had originally planned. As long as I have a vision of my characters, a title, and a first sentence I can sit down and start writing. Though the end never seems to be what I think it will be.

Q: Hands on keyboard, pen on paper, or dictation?

A: Every book takes its own form. Some stories I have to write at the keyboard because the voices in my head are talking so fast I can’t keep up otherwise. Others have been written in a certain notebook with a certain pen in a certain place, whether it’s the back porch or one of the local coffee shops or somewhere else.

Q: What is your writing routine like?

A: I don’t really have a writing routine, which may in itself be a routine. I try to write every day, but some days I just end up staring at the paper or the screen wondering what the hell I think I’m doing. Other times I can’t wait to sit down and get to work. I don’t know if it’s a lunar thing or the weather or what that influences my creativity, but whatever it is there are days when I wish it was more consistent.

Q: Out of all of your books do you have a favorite character?

A: I think my favorite character out of all my books (sixty-four with three publishers and counting) has to be Dane from His Sub’s Submissive and Juggling Masters. He may be a big, fierce Dom on the outside, but inside where it counts, he is a gooey marshmallow. I love how, for Merlin’s birthday, he went so far overboard that everyone they knew thought he was crazy. But that’s just Dane. He has the money and loves to spend it on the man, and woman, he loves.

Q: You seem to write all over the board—MMF, MMM, MFM, MF—do you find one more difficult than another to write?

A: I think Winter and His Twins, an MMM, was most difficult as I have no experience with that lifestyle. Having a very active imagination I can visualize an MFM or MMF, but all men was tough.

Q: Does any of your real life seep into your books?

A: * laughs out loud * Yes, sometimes a situation sneaks into a book, or I will use a book to work through something I am going through in my life, but I’ll never tell which is which.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you that might surprise us.

A: No matter what anyone else tells you about how outgoing I am, I am really an introverted technophobe. I do public appearances, book signings, and readings when I have to, though I would much prefer to be sitting at home in my comfy clothes dreaming up my next book or writing or knitting. Technology baffles me and I don’t even try to keep up. My phone is an old slider phone, but at least I upgraded from a flip phone about three years ago. My son just recently helped me upgrade from a 25” box television to a 55” flat screen with all the bells and whistles. Now if only someone would teach me what all the buttons on the four remotes did I might be able to use the damn thing.

Q: Cats, dogs, or something more exotic?

A: Dogs all the way. I am currently sharing my abode with Honey, or Princess Fuzzybutt, depending on her mood at that moment. She is a one-year-old mixed breed (and all of them big) who claimed me at the county animal shelter last November. Sixty pounds of love in a furry four-legged body.