Premier Press Publishing’s interview with David J Cooper
Bio (a short bio written in 3rd person POV):
David J Cooper was born in Darlaston, West Midlands, to a working class family. After leaving school he had jobs ranging from engineering to teaching. He got involved in local politics and became a councillor in 1980. He went to live in Brixham, Devon in the late 1980’s. He moved to Mexico in 1998 where he still lives with his three dogs, Chula, Sooty and Benji. He started writing in the 1980’s after interviewing Lynn McGranger from the Australian soap opera Home and Away when she was appearing in pantomime in Torquay, Devon. His interview with her was published in People’s Friend. He met Ginger Rogers personally in 1969 when she was appearing in Mame in London’s West End. He has been married twice and has a daughter by his first marriage. He concentrates mainly on writing about the paranormal and crime. Apart from writing he likes to travel and has visited many places all over the world. Now retired, he hopes to return to live in England.
What is the current book you are promoting?
The Devil Knows
The Devil Knows. Crime.
It was the swinging sixties. Manchester and Liverpool
were rivals in the football league and the Mersey beat sound
was dominating the charts with Freddie and the Dreamers at
the top of the hit parade. But high on the moors above the
city Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were forging their place in
history as a new breed of serial killer.
Their depravity shocked and sickened the nation and
left five families destitute. They escaped the death penalty by
a matter of months which left the British taxpayer paying for
their upkeep in jail.
But what made them turn into sadistic killers?
They admitted to 5 murders but how many did they
How many more missing children are still buried on the
How could they take innocent lives without turning a
This story is about their relationship and the plans they
made to satisfy their lust.
Maybe you will find the answers here.
Why do you write?
I find it exciting.
When did you decide to become a writer?
In the late 1980’s.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book?
I like to go for 6 months but it depends on the story.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
After a colleague at work saw some of my writing and suggested that I take writing seriously.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I normally write in the afternoon.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I’m evolving after each book.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?
No. I prefer complete silence.
What have you written?
I have written educational books, paranormal books, true life books from personal experiences, and crime.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?
I like to work from a plot.
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?
My book covers are designed by different professionals.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I try all marketing techniques but haven’t hit on the one that’s made an impact yet.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Keep at it.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
Well, the main characters in the book are serial killers.
Where do your ideas come from?
The ideas for my paranormal books usually come to me out of the blue.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, sticking to one plot.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Making sure that I got my research correct as well as communicating with the person involved in the story.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
I like to watch adventure programs on Discovery channel.
If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast?
Depends on the book.
What is your next project?
The book I’m working on now is the second in my Penny Lane, Paranormal Investigator series and is called The House of Dolls.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
Princess Diana because she was a very caring person.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
If I could I would make the world a peaceful and better place to live in with nobody suffering.
Do you have any pets to brag about?
I have three dogs, Chula, Sooty, and Benji as well as five budgies, seven doves, and five tortoises. I love animals.
Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes?
I feel a bit embarrassed when I have to use bad language or explicit sex.
What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?
I think self publishing is taking over traditional publishing.
Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?
What book are you currently reading or just finished?
I just finished Stephen King’s “On Writing” again.
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal. Without fans I wouldn’t sell books. I love being in touch with my fans.
Tell us something unique about you.
I met Ginger Rogers in 1969.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/David-J-Cooper/e/B007N5EEKW