AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: SHARON COOPER
Today we’re interviewing Sharon C. Cooper!
Tell us a little about Rendezvous with Danger, and what was its inspiration:
Here’s a brief description of Rendezvous with Danger
Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA counter-intelligence officer, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s seeing the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man she vowed to love forever that has her running for cover.
Former U.S. Special Operative, Quinn Hamilton, left the world of covert operations after the love of his life died in his arms during a black op. Three years later, he still loses sleep wondering if maybe he could have done something more to save her – until Alandra shows up on his doorstep. With her lies and betrayal, he wants nothing to do with her, yet, his heart won’t cooperate. It’s not until unknown enemies come after her that he must decide if he can leave the past behind and protect the woman he’ll always love. Will they survive this last mission and rekindle the love and passion they once shared?
The story-line for Rendezvous with Danger gained momentum after I finished Blue Roses, book 1 of the Reunited Series. I received numerous emails from readers wanting to know more about Quinn Hamilton – the sexy, dangerous, and well-connected best friend of Tyler Hollister. I knew Quinn was a former Navy SEAL as well as an ex-Special Operative and I knew he needed to be hooked up with an amazing woman.
I started with a short-story for Quinn – reintroducing him to readers and introducing his love interest, Alandra Pargas. The short story, Secret Rendezvous, is a prequel to Rendezvous with Danger. NOTE: Secret Rendezvous is FREE on all online ebook retailers.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I’m definitely a plotter. I usually create an outline as well as character sketches.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I started writing sweet and contemporary romance, but my critique partners noticed that most of my stories had a big dose of suspense (which wasn’t intentional). So I tried my hand at romantic suspense and now I really enjoy writing it. I also enjoy reading romantic suspense.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Of all of the stories that I’ve written, my favorite character has been Tyler Hollister, the hero in Blue Roses, book 1 of the Reunited Series. I absolutely love him! He is gorgeous, smart, wealthy, maybe a little arrogant, but also caring. He makes million dollar deals happen, but is just as comfortable playing a pick-up game of b-ball in the neighborhood he grew up in. And what I love most – he’s not afraid to go after what he wants – and he REALLY wanted Dallas Marcel (the heroine).
As far as a character that I enjoyed writing – it would have to be Quinn Hamilton hands down. He is a true heartthrob / heartbreaker and so TOTALLY alpha male. He marched to his own beat and I really enjoyed writing his character.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Alandra Pargas, from my latest novel, Rendezvous with Danger. I REALLY like her, but she’s been through a lot and I wanted to make sure I really captured her personality. Besides that, she’s a fascinating woman (ex- CIA counter-intelligence officer, black belt in Taekwondo, dated a Navy SEAL, and the list goes on).
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Hmm…good question! I guess the hardest part of writing for me is making sure my characters personality shine through and that they are three-dimensional. I have wonderful critique partners who are great at telling me if this is not happening, or if they hate a particular character (who I want them to like).
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I was a sheet metal worker for 10 years.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
I’m not a big TV watcher, but I enjoy some of the old sitcoms: Living Single, Everyone Loves Raymond, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and a few others. Oh, and I like NCIS.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
No. I don’t have any rituals that I go through before writing. I rarely write in the same space two days in a row, switching from my home office, to the dining room and sometimes a neighborhood coffee shop.
Does music influence your writing?
No, I don’t usually write while listening to music.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
I would love to see Rendezvous with Danger on the big screen. Idris Elba would play Quinn Hamilton (my main, male character) and Zoe Saldana would play Alandra Pargas (my main, female character)
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
My all around favorite movie is Pretty Woman (still). My favorite movie that I have seen recently is “42” the Jackie Robinson story. The movie encompasses a little bit of everything including: humor, drama, a little suspense and of course romance.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
Glad you asked! I’m working on my Jenkins Family Series. This is going to be a fun series! The idea sparked because of my background – I was a sheet metal worker (a long time ago) for over ten years and I thought it would be cool to do a series that included women tradesmen. Here’s a little back story of the Jenkins Family – The Jenkins family is a family who owns a construction company. The grandfather started the business and when he started thinking about retiring, none of his four sons and three daughters were interested in taking over the reins. It’s not until his oldest granddaughter, Peyton Jenkins, shows an interest that his hope is renewed. Now it’s 16 years later, he’s happily retired, and business is better than ever – thanks to five of his amazing granddaughters.
The series will follow the lives of the five granddaughters who oversee the construction company. We’ll watch them fall in love with some wonderful men. The granddaughters are: Peyton (master electrician), Martina (carpenter), Toni (master plumber), Christina (painter), and Jada (sheet metal worker).
Readers can get a little introduction to the Jenkins Family if they pick up Best Woman for the Job (available at all ebook online retailers). This short story is the prequel to Toni (TJ) Jenkins and her love interest Craig’s full-length novel (the title is still in the works). The sequel will be released late this summer and the rest of the rest of the Jenkins’ Family schedule will be posted on my website in the very near future.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson, they’re the reason I first decided to try my hand at writing romance.
How do you pick your characters names?
I usually start with some ideas or characteristics about the character and then I try and match a name that I think fits their personality. I have a massive list of names that I’ve collected over the past year. They have stemmed from a name that I’ve seen under credits (at the end of a movie), one that I hear on TV and sometimes even from random people I meet.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Good question! I honestly like both. It really depends on the story.
Where can readers find you?
Subscribe to her blog: http://sharonccooper.wordpress.com/
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark chocolate…I LOVE dark chocolate
Ranger or Morelli?
Lol!!!! That’s a tough one because I love them both! BUT, if I had to choose one, it would have to be Ranger. I LOVE his mysterious side…and how he always comes through for Stephanie. Don’t get me wrong, Morelli is a sweety also.