Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Tammera Cooper and I am 47 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
I currently live in Washington NC USA. Eastern Carolina is what we call it.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I studied Art History at University of West Florida. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Military and Trauma Counselling. I live with my fiancé, our 2 dogs, and cat in the house that he built for me. We live very close to the river so the house is built 14ft in the air. I love to take photos. To me, it is how I share our part of the world.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am releasing my debut novel in October. I’m so excited to share Book 1 of the Water Street Chronicles, Drenched Sunflowers with the world. Book 2, Sleeping Mallows is coming together nicely.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been interested in writing. But I made the leap in 2014 when I started developing the Water Street Chronicles.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first writer’s retreat that I went helped me find my tribe. It was 4 years ago and the ladies that I met that week have been with me for my writing journey and are dear friends.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was watching a documentary on the waterfront in Washington NC and the hidden history of our town. An amazing lady Leesa Jones researched her genealogy and it lead her down the secret Underground Railroad on the Pamlico river. We are now a stop on the Freedom Trail and recognized by the National Park Service because of her research. I started thinking about what would happen if someone found physical proof of the Railroad in one of the old houses on the river and what would they do if a ghost of the past suddenly appeared. I could see the characters in my head and had to share them with everyone.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Drenched Sunflowers is a symbol of the African American ghost that died in 1859 at the Water Street house.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have intermingled a contemporary Romantic Suspense with the historical story of the ghost characters. I would consider my style Southern Fiction. We love our ghosts in the South.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My main character is a 38yr old widow. I was there once and lucky enough to find love again. I see a lot of myself in Beth.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Originally I travelled to Washington for my inspiration. Now I take my Sunday mornings and walk downtown for inspiration.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My photography and a Jeanne Woodfin Blue Dot Photography portrait was combined by www.CoverMeDarling.com
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main message of my story is one of hope. No matter what your situation is there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It might be a long journey but it will come out okay in the end.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Kimberly Belle is my favorite newish author. She really knows how to write suspense.
I am a big Nora Roberts fan. Her Chesapeake series was my biggest inspiration. The authenticity of her setting blows me away.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I have one friend Sherri Hollister that pushes me every day and reminds me that I am already a writer. I just have to publish that book to show everyone else. She reads my rough drafts and loves my characters just as much as I do.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. One day it will be a salary. Right now, it is my 2nd job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would start the official editing process sooner. I self-edited several drafts before I actually hired an editor.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
You can’t please everyone.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Make sure you put something on paper everyday. If it’s not a good day for your book work on something else. You need to keep that writing habit going.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I hope they fall in love with Washington and the people who live just like I have.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Then There Was None by Agatha Christie
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My dogs and cat do something crazy everyday.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to meet Reese Witherspoon. She has done so much to give Southern women a positive role model.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Photography, quilting, needlepoint, paper collage
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Halmark channel, Lifetime movies, How to Get Away With Murder
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I listen to all music but country is my favorite. Italian and Mexican is my favorite food.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would be an artist.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
On the beach listening to the waves and watching the seabirds.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She Did It Well
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.SouthernRomanceOnThePamlico.com check out my Brackish Blogging