Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Flying Blind - Author Interview

While reading Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke, I wanted to interview her!! I had to get to know the gal behind the book, so I contacted her and asked if she'd like to be interviewed for BCM! Here's her responses!

BCM: What do you like to do for fun?

DC: Well, the first thing that I do for fun actually helps me with my writing. I knit, a lot. I find that playing with colour and texture, plus working with my fingers, lets my mind wander. I figure out solutions to plot problems when I knit, or suddenly the characters will pop into my head to tell me what comes next. Other activities involving colour also help with my writing. I'm not sure why this is, but when I draw (which I don't do very well) or paint or piece a quilt top, the same kind of magic happens.

There are fun things I do that don't have any effect on my writing. I like to walk and ride my bike. I like to go antique hunting with my husband - although I usually fall for the items that are vintage! - and I love to travel.

BCM: If you could be any shapeshifter, what would you be and why?

DC: I really would like to be a dragon shapeshifter. People always seem to be surprised by this, but I think it would be fabulous. I could be powerful, and beautiful. I'd be able to fly and breathe fire and would live for centuries. I think that becoming a dragon when I chose to do so would be a very good trick to master. :-)

BCM: What's the best thing about being able to write Adult and YA books?

DC: I like how different the two kinds of stories are. Even though both Dragonfire and the Dragon Diaries feature dragon shape shifters in the same fictional world, the books are quite distinct from each other. Most of the Pyr heroes in Dragonfire, for example, grew up isolated or knowing very few other dragon shifters. They had to figure the shifting stuff out for themselves, and sometimes they hid out from human society. This makes them very self-sufficient but also quite private. The kids in the Dragon Diaries, in contrast, have known each other all their lives. They've grown up in a pack of dragon shifters, so they're much more confident in their powers and more at ease with the human world. They have a support network and pals, and that's a fun change. Also, the dragon guys in the adult series are adults - their issues are emotional ones, regarding the challenge of falling in love etc., and their conflicts are about making partnerships. The kids are coming into their powers and learning to master them - this is tough particularly for Zoƫ who has no one to ask for advice on becoming the Wyvern. Their conflicts are about themselves and coming into their own identities. There are other differences between the series, too, but those are the big ones to me.

BCM: What's your favorite dessert?

DC: Pie. It has to be homemade and it has to have good pastry, and not so much sugar in the filling. I like to taste the fruit. Come on over and I'll make you a pie, just to show you what I mean! Blueberry or apple? You choose. ;-)

BCM: What kind of music to you like to listen to?

DC: I listen to a lot of different kinds of music. I write to loud music, usually rock. I like the rhythm and the energy of it - I think it makes me type faster! Mostly I write to Queen's music. Not only do I love it, but there's a lot of variety in tempo on each cd, sometimes even within a single song (think of how many changes there are in Bohemian Rhapsody). So while I might listen to jazz or artists like Loreena McKennitt when I'm doing other things, when I'm writing, it's me and Freddie Mercury. I try not to sing along as it frightens the dog!

Thanks Deborah!! Can't wait til Winging It comes out!


  1. Fantastic interview! I love knowing information about other writers, it always gives me inspiration and ideas :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  2. Thanks, great article/interview. I loved Flying Blind and cannot wait for Winging It!!!


  3. hanks, great article/interview



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