Interview with author Jill Cooper

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]Summary of Blood Debt:

The queen of the underworld has a new play toy and her name is Jessica Blood.

Bad boy Duncan Jasper and passive healer Amanda Blood are on the run for their lives with a horde of demons on their tale. The queen of the underworld, Lourdes, wants Amanda to free Lourdes from her prison and it’s all on Duncan to keep this from happening.

But Amanda’s soul is fractured and bleeding thanks to the torture she suffered at the hands of the high-level demon, Vaughn. Now a painful ritual is her soul’s only chance at survival. If Duncan fails, Jessica Blood may never be free from the chains that bind her to Lourdes.

Demons swarm to their location and Jessica walks right into a trap they’ve set for her. But to cure her sister, Amanda will have to embrace the pain and welcome the beauty of death.

All before they get ready to stand off against Lourdes and the demons of hell, coming to claim their souls.

Hold onto your seats! Long-held family secrets and heartache are about to be revealed.

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What books have most influenced your life?
From childhood THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS really helped foster my love of creepy, mysterious tales. As I grew up, I loved Stephen King novels, especially THE STAND. I love a good epic story that spans a dozen characters and see them eventually meet! Also love family saga’s by Joyce Carol Oates. I discovered her when I was 12.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A personal mentor? No, I don’t have one. Books I’ve read growing up influenced me and my choices greatly. I would read books, study passages, and see how they did it. In that regard, every book is a lesson. Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Dean Koontz, were some of my favorites.
On a personal level the writers who have influenced my writing the most are ones that read and critique my work. And I in turn read and critique there’s. Even when I’m critiquing, I’m learning so much about story and structure–how other authors do it.
The authors who have helped me the most would be MD Cooper first and foremost (I’m married to him!) Eisley Jacobs could talk straight to me about why my earliest book plots were not working. My characters were making illogical leaps and she greatly helped me refine my very earliest works. And on the day to day basis Bonnie Paulson. I don’t make many decisions at all without first running it past her!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes! I love this no matter how many times I tell it! I was in the first grade and had to write my first story. Was supposed to be just a few lines, but I wrote about a zoo keeper who had to find an escape lion. I remember making the pictures with love. And tying the pages together with Ribbon. It was one of my favorite moments EVER. I knew right then what I wanted to do.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
That’s a hard question because writing BLOOD LUST was so much fun! It wasn’t like work at all. If I had to pick a struggle it’d be the action sequence when Jessica Blood hijacks a train. I wanted to keep the action simple, but dynamic and make sure the biker gangs were present–without being clunky. I wrote it in several passes, writing a skeleton version and then adding layers until I was happy.
What is on your personal summer reading list?
Mostly books that probably don’t belong on a summer reading list! Schism by Britt Holewinski looks AMAZING! Finally ordered and going to read the entire HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Loved the last movie and I’m not writing a dystopian any time soon, so that will be perfect. I don’t like to read books in the same genre I’m writing. It influences my choices too much.

About the Author:

jillcooperI could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.

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