Saturday, October 20, 2012

So Happy to Welcome Elaine Marie Cooper

It is my pleasure to talk with Elaine Marie Cooper this morning. She has graciously agreed to let me interview her.

Is there a story behind your latest release?
Yes, The Legacy of Deer Run is loosely based on the lives of my third great-grandparents in 1800. It picks up a few years after The Promise of Deer Run. The entire Saga, beginning with The Road to Deer Run, is based on my ancestors, beginning with the British soldier that came over to fight against the colonials—but ended up falling in love with one. Although it is based on historical fact, it is a fictionalized version. I did spent significant research on each book, however, desiring accuracy for the historical details. I truly want my readers to learn about Early America, while being entertained.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Life! One of the biggest distractions is marketing my books, yet it is a necessary part for all authors. Self-promotion could be a fulltime job, but I have to discipline myself to keep at the writing, as well as take care of my other responsibilities, like my family and my part time jobs.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I really love a variety of genres, but historical fiction is my favorite. Two of my favorite writers in that genre are Susan Craft and Laura Frantz. I also enjoy contemporary novels, especially Karen Kingsbury’s. For inspirational non-fiction, I love Janet Perez Eckles, “Simply Salsa.” A great, encouraging book!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I really enjoyed writing about Danny, the protagonist in The Legacy of Deer Run. He was so conflicted in his feelings about his father, loving the man, yet hating his parent’s past. He struggled, as I think so many wrestle with their feelings towards a parent. Yet he was able to grow and realize that what was important was his relationship with his father, the deep and abiding connection of love that they shared.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Celtic! Anyone for a jig? LOL (I’d probably fall over if I tried!)

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My two-year-old triplet grandchildren. They will have me grinning like crazy in a heartbeat!

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
The rich history! I grew up in Massachusetts, surrounded by the landmarks of the American Revolution. It inspires me still in my writings.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 
Forgiveness, healing, and redemption weave their threads throughout all my books.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 
My favorite verse is Proverbs 31:8-9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” There are so many verses in Scripture about tending to the poor. Those in need were the ones that Jesus sought to help. He did not let the hungry thousands go home without a meal. I may not be able to feed thousands, but I pray the Lord will show me at least one or two that I can feed.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book (historical fiction) is being considered by a publisher. Further info on down the road! J

Thank you, Elaine. Below are some places where you can connect with her and learn more about her books.


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Purchase her books online at:
More Info at Deer Run Books
 Elaine is giving away a copy of The Legacy of Deer Run. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

Hello Elaine. Interest interview. Especially having triplets. I can't even imagine taking care of 3 little who are 2 yrs. old. Hard enough with 1 baby at a time, but I am in awe to see them. I like the books being based on your relatives. I wish I knew more of the history of mine. I'd love win one of your books. Thanks Karen.
Maxie ( )

Lisa Lickel said...

I can just see you bouncing an Irish jig, with your curls flying. :)

Jo said...

Enjoyed your interview! Would love to read "The Legacy of Deer Run". Thank you for the giveaway!


HomePlace Gatherings said...

How fun to write about your ancestors! We can only trace ours back a little bit, so we couldn't find out much.
Would love to win your book!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Anonymous said...

I just started looking for my Mom's family. I've only gotten as far as my Great, Great, Grand-Parents.
The search is like peeling an onion, one piece at a time but I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Thanks for entering me in the contest.
Janet Estridge

Elaine Marie Cooper said...

Thanks for your warm comments, ladies! Discovering our ancestors is a bit of detective work laced with love! And yes, it is a bit like peeling away an onion, one piece at a time. The treasures you discover can be amazing! They say to start with older family members and start jotting down bits and pieces of facts. Online ancestry trees can be very helpful as well. You may have relatives that have already done some of your family investigation and they may have posted it. I wish you well in discovering your ancestors!

Thanks for visiting and commenting! Blessings.

Teela said...

Thank you for the interview. We've traced out ancestors back to 1607 Ireland! So I guess that means I must have some Irish in me, but I did not get my mom's green eyes, which I'm still envious of today! Would love to win your book.

ann said...

I am into genealogy so this would be a good book for me to read. I like to read historical books. Thanks for the chance to win.

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Nancee said...

Thank you for a wonderful review and interview. This book sounds great!

Laura Frantz said...

So good to see Elaine here and meet you, Carol Ann! Love your questions and learning more about one of my favorite early American authors:) And thanks so much for the kind mention of myself and Susan. Quite an honor!

Please don't enter me in the drawing as I already have Elaine's books and they're truly keepers. Love sharing them, too.

So happy to be here - beautiful blog!

Amy R.S. said...

I think it is great that you decided to tell stories about your ancestors, so much rich history. I also very much enjoy Laura Frantz's fiction. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

tickmenot said...

How wonderful to know your family history and have some of it included in your writing!

spangldlady said...

I would dearly love to win this book. Thank you for entering my name in the drawing. I haven't read Elaine's work but would love too because discovering ancestors is a real passion of mine. Blessings! Darlene

Jes said...

So fun your book is loosely based on the lives of your great-grandparents. What a neat legacy to leave for your triplet grandchildren when they are old enough to read about their great-great-great grandparents! :)

jswaks at gmail dot com

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