Tuesday, February 15, 2011

with Elaine Cooper

Welcome to The Book Loft, Elaine! It's always good having friends from our sister site visit!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Since I wrote my first story at age 11, I was probably riding my bike! Seriously though, I think my life with my three children helped inspire my writing. What busy Mom doesn’t have stories to tell? For several years while the kids were small, I did freelancing for two different local newspapers in So. CA. My youngest, Nate, was not yet in school and he would accompany me to interview folks for my Monday Profile column. I told my interviewees that he was my assistant! He was SO well behaved and the perfect “assistant”! I still remember those precious times with joy!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I’d say my most difficult obstacle to writing is myself and my own insecurities. “Is this REALLY any good?”, “Is anyone going to really like this?” I battle my lack of confidence all the time. I overcome this by making sure I am praying and in God’s word every day, especially before writing. And I pray for wisdom and direction in my efforts. I figure if God was able to use a donkey, He could surely use me in some way!

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
Oh my, I just recently finished Gracie: Standing With Hope, the autobiography of Gracie Rosenberger. Have you ever read one of those books that you just knew would change your attitude about the reality of God? This was one of those gut-wrenching, honest, and inspiring stories of hope in the midst of the pain we experience in life. A definite “must” for the reading stack.

I also recently finished reading, Bob Dole’s Memoir. One Soldier’s Story Great book! I actually read it for some research for the sequel to The Road to Deer Run that I am currently working on. When I am writing my historical fiction, I rarely read the same genre. I concentrate on non-fiction for my research.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I think that the character of young Sarah in The Road to Deer Run is most interesting to me. There is perhaps more of my own personality in her character than almost any other. The youngest in the family, she is enthusiastic, always wanting to learn but also, always saying the wrong thing! She speaks exactly what is on her mind! But it can get her into trouble and cause her some remorseful moments. I think I can relate!

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
I would have to be a carrot cake (my FAVORITE dessert!!) But since I am definitely NOT the greatest chef, I’ll leave the recipes to the professionals! I wouldn’t want to see anyone get ill with my recipe advice!

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I would look at the purple polka-dotted monster and say, “Nice color—purple’s my favorite! By the way, can you start making breakfast?”

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
I’d have to say that April 14, 2010 stands out in my mind. It was the day that The Road to Deer Run arrived on my porch. But another amazing delivery arrived that same day to my Navy Lt son Ben and his wife Kristen when three precious little ones named Jack, Chloe and Luke were birthed into the Cooper family. It was a moment of pure joy and relief after Kristen’s months of bedrest. When I first got to hold my grandson Luke, I rocked him in the hospital chair and melted into tears,

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Cleaning closets. Yuck! The dust is so annoying when you have asthma so I have to wear a lovely surgical mask.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about forgiveness, pride, faith even when things seem hopeless. These themes seem to reflect my own journeys with the Lord.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
This would require a whole book in itself! He is definitely teaching me that the changes in our life’s walk can be exciting, unexpected, and adventurous. And as long as I cling to Him, He will be my guide and protector.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am half way through with the first draft of my sequel to The Road to Deer Run and I am very excited about it! I’m hoping it will be ready by Fall of 2011. I’ll keep you posted.

You can purchase The Road to Deer Run from Amazon.

Elaine is giving away a copy of The Road to Deer Run. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Leanne said...

I'd love to read her book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Here I am again! This book does look interesting. I like the interviews with the author, she seems to "relateable."

CarlybirdK said...

I am entering this drawing again today because I really want to read this book. I have enjoyed learning about Elaine and I think I would really enjoy the book. Thank you.

lgm52 said...

I've enjoyed the interview. Would love to read the book

Marianne said...

Would love to win this book...the cover drew me in first!Thankks for the chance, Patty. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the second chance.


apple blossom said...

Love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Joanne Sher said...

Enter me enter me ENTER ME :) Please :)

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Please enter me in the book giveaway.
Mary B.

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I hope I'm doing this right... instructions say it's ok to enter a second time on the spotlight post, not sure what that is exactly, hope this is it.
Mary B.

JoAnn Durgin said...

Waving to Elaine! I'm just being selfish since I've already read Elaine's wonderful book (and left a review on Amazon). Still, I'd LOVE to win a genuine autographed copy (I have the Kindle version). So, please enter me! Can't wait for the sequel and catch up with my friends from Deer Run. Definitely a journey worth taking any day, any week, any time! Blessings!!

Elaine Cooper said...

Thank you, EVERYONE, that stopped by to read and leave a comment. I am blessed that in your busy day, you made time to read my interview. I hope that in some small way, it has blessed you. Can't wait to bless one of you with a copy of my book! :-)

Chrissy said...

Would like a chance to read this book and more from Elaine, she seems very "real" and honest.

A Restful Place said...

Sounds like a good book! Thank you so much!

Linda Kish said...

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

i'm interested in reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

This author is new to me and I love exploring and learning about new authors! It is wonderful to read interviews with authors and find
out about the person behind a book.
Many thanks, Cindi

Katy said...

Id love a chance to win! ;-)

~ Katy

Katy said...

Happy Birthday, Jim!!

~ Katy

Meredith said...

Sounds like a good book! I also have a strong dislike of closet-cleaning.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

MarthaE said...

Carrot cake is my favorite too. Hopefully we always learn something new and fresh from God.
Thanks again for the giveaway.

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