Andrea R. Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Publisher: SilverTree Publishing
Date of Publication: February 14, 2015
Number of pages: 265
Word Count: 65,000
Tagline: She stole a cop’s heart… will this thief pay for her crime?
Crystal was raised as a thief, bent on revenge. She uses her talents to target the corporation that destroyed her family and her innocence.
When a handsome undercover cop enters her life, Crystal worries she'll be caught before her mission can be completed - or lose her heart to the one man she can't trust.
Kade lost his partner in Texas and is looking for a fresh start in the NYPD. Catching the thief whose been targeting the Westridge Corp. will help his transfer become permanent.
Will Kade discover the truth, or will he blame Crystal for stealing his heart?
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Crystal shimmied down the drainpipe with her trophies tucked inside her backpack and computer files loaded onto her USB, hung around her neck disguised as a locket. This was too easy. Not like the Warren job where the COO kept changing the menu and supervised their catering to ensure they had followed the strict rules of kashrut.
She landed on the concrete with a thump, then removed her mask. Usually she worked at night when the catering gig didn’t provide the necessary cover, but she had a date this evening.
A blind date.
Her sister’s fiancée had called earlier that day to let them know his cousin from Texas would join them for dinner and would Crystal come along? As far as Crystal was concerned, it was the closest thing she’d come to as a real date in a long time. She’d take it.
Thankfully, her catering appointment with Westridge canceled yesterday. While she enjoyed cooking, it was only a cover for her and her sister’s illegal activities. What she excelled at was computers, but having a career in that field, now, would be too suspicious. Her IT skills far exceeded a Level One Help Desk worker. She despised working for Westridge, the man who had her mother killed and her dad thrown into jail, but catering was the easiest way into her target’s homes without suspicion. And she refused to pose as a cleaning lady and scrub their filth.
Years ago, Dad found what he thought was a series of accounting errors. For his honesty trying to help Westridge correct the problem, he was thrown in jail to rot. Westridge and his company framed her dad for embezzlement and sharing confidential information with preferred suppliers to obtain favors. Now she and her sister were halfway toward exonerating him and exposing Westridge and his corporate crimes. To see the look on Joshua Westridge’s face when he was convicted would make all her and her sister’s sacrifices worth it.
Thunder boomed as she weaved through alleys, stinking of rotting food and urine. She barely made it to her car before thunder rumbled.
Crystal checked the time on the dashboard, almost seven. No time to waste. Paul and his cousin, Kade, were picking up her and her sister at seven-thirty. Her car hummed to life as she stashed her backpack behind her seat. The stolen cash, including a recently purchased blood diamond necklace, lay inside. Hopefully the money and necklace would throw off Westridge’s Sales Manager to the fact that computer information had been the real prize. And hopefully, they wouldn’t discover the truth until it was too late. For now, another piece of the puzzle to exonerate their dad and lock Westridge away lay on her chest inside her locket.
She whipped into traffic and hit the wipers as fat drops of rain slapped against the windshield. Great. Ahead, a red light flickered as taxis and cars lined up behind it. She debated taking Ninth, but decided against it. Construction was still ongoing and traffic would be worse than this.
Maybe squeezing in a job before dinner wasn’t such a great idea.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. Then, I realized not all students have a desire to learn or want to be there like I did. Ironically, even though I told stories, made up characters, and even wrote poetry—I never thought to be a writer until my thirties and after I tried to write my first novel.
In school, I always received high marks on creative writing assignments, but didn’t consider being a writer. To me, I thought writers wrote prefect prose without help. It wasn’t until years later I discovered the truth—a book goes through several edits/editors and can be completely different from the first product.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
After I wrote my first full-length novel. I’d written a few short stories and hundreds of poems before then. I didn’t even know I could write something that long, but the story just flowed. I didn’t consider myself an author, however, until I was published.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I started thinking about the concept of The Garnet Dagger after I watched the movie Underworld in 2003. Then, I edited and rewrote the book a dozen times. Finally, sending it off to my publisher and it was published in 2013. The publishing road would have been much shorter if I’d joined writing groups and gotten Beta Readers much sooner.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I was a stay-at-home mom for four years (the hardest most underappreciated job there is). Now, I work as a Procurement Specialist for an Oil & Gas Company.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Stolen Hearts – Raised as a thief, when Crystal steals a cop’s heart, will she pay for her crimes?
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m what’s called a Hybrid Author – I have publishers: Crimson Romance and SilverTree Publishing, but I also self-publish. So far, my full length novels are with publishers and my shorter works (novellas, novelettes, etc.) are self-published.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Depends. The fastest book I wrote was for NaNoWri 2014 – Claimed. It was my first time doing NaNoWri and I wrote the novel in less than 30 days. Before that, it was Son of Dragons which I wrote in 2 ½ months. I still have some novels that I started and never finished. On average, I guess you could say my average time to write (completed works only) is 6-9 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
LOL. I write in several genres already: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, and Contemporary Romance Suspense. Recently, I tried my hand at YA Fantasy – so I’m putting up a chapter at a time on Wattpad to see how readers react to it.
What genre would you place your books into?
Just one? Action/Adventure-Romance
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Hmmm… I don’t decide on a genre first. Guess that’s why I’m a multi-genre author. First, I think of a story idea or a character. Then follow through to how it would fit. There are some stories that wouldn’t work in a genre. Stolen Hearts, for example, would be a completely different book if I forced it into a Fantasy setting.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Naturally, I love all my characters. My favorite would be Celeste from the Legends of Oblivion series. Despite her past, she’s witty and determined.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I wrote poetry from age 14 until mid-twenties. However, I didn’t write my first novel until my early thirties. Despite that, I created characters/stories and ‘acted’ them out with friends from elementary school and just never stopped.
What inspired me to write my first novel? It was reading a historical romance that was completely illogical (to me). I was so disappointed in the book, I decided to try to see if I could do better.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Since I have a full-time job, husband and three kids – I write whenever I can. If I were able to do write full-time and in a perfect world, I’d have music playing in the background, a clean house and dinner cooking in the oven (thanks to someone else), while my fingers flew over the keyboard. Sigh.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. Every single one. Even the bad ones that make me ache and delve into a pint of chocolate. But the goods ones, they make my feet not touch the ground for days.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I’m terrible at titles. They come way after the book is written. In The Garnet Dagger’s case, it wasn’t until I’d written all four books in the series.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Sometimes they just come to me. Other times, I search online and in baby name books.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
In Stolen Hearts, Kade’s name came to me right away. But it wasn’t until the second draft that his last name and that he was half Hispanic was revealed to me. In Viking Fire, Bram’s name was Ragnar. And even though I wrote the book years before The History Channel’s Vikings series, I didn’t want people to assume I was writing about their character or stole the name.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Usually, like 90% of the time, I don’t know the character until I start writing. I have general ideas, but nothing concrete until I start writing. I’m a total panster (writing by the seat of my pants without outlining). I love it because I discover the characters and book while I’m writing.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
There are so many wonderful books, I dislike re-reading a book – I want to move onto a new one. I would have to pick The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind though. Because it was the first Fantasy novel I ever read. Even though I craved (and still do) Fantasy, Magic, and Paranormal stories – I wasn’t allowed to read or watch anything that had those elements – not even Disney. But when I read his novel, I couldn’t stop from reading another, and another, and eventually being inspired to write my own Fantasy Romance novel, The Garnet Dagger, which became my debut novel.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I thought both the Harry Potter and Twilight series were transferred well into movies. Worst one for me, was The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The book was so much better than the movie.
Your favorite food is?
Mexican – bring on the spicy and the cheese
Your favorite singer/group is?
Your favorite color is?
Red. Not red-orange or maroon, dark, deep blood-red. Always.
Your favorite Author is?
So many. Famous – is a tie between P.C. Cast and Anne Bishop.
New authors: T.F Walsh, Tmonique Stephens, and Rowena May O’Sullivan
Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance suspense.
Her favorite childhood memories involve creating vibrant characters for her and her friends, then acting out their adventures. She traded in Nancy Drew books for Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels at the age of ten.
The love of her life showed her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times circumstances or others try to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with two sons and a daughter.
Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com