Romance By Catherine: Karina Cooper, Interview

Monday, March 11, 2013

Karina Cooper, Interview

Today we welcome Karina Cooper, author of the Dark Mission series. A darkly thrilling dystopian realm of witches and witch hunters, the Dark Mission series is said to be “everything a reader will love” by RT Book Reviews, and bestselling author, Christina Dodd, calls Karina, “A brilliant new voice in paranormal romance.”

We are excited to have Karina here for an interview, and to learn more about book 7, Wicked Lies! And now, the interview...

Tell us a little about your self and the genre you write.
Thank you so much for having me! Formalities, eh? I’ll make them fast as possible. Watch the smoke fly from my keyboard...

I’m a multi-genre type. I write paranormal romance that tends to cross into urban fantasy territory, steampunk urban fantasy that borrows from adventure tales of the Victorian era, and I don’t intend to stop there. Which kind of explains about me, too. I am a multi-hobby type, with interests in storytelling, reading voraciously, playing video games, steampunk, and cat-herding. Yeah, I have cats. Four of them.

What do you love about being a writer?
The ability to tell stories for a living!

What do you hate about being a writer?
The chaos that can pile up when you’re writing one book, revising another, doing promo for a third, and still have to remember that you have a family... Wait, where’s my family?

If there was one thing about the industry you could change, what would it be?
I think the big publishers are going to have to shake loose a century of habits and work out an infrastructure that takes into account the numbers showing digital progress where print is falling. I’m not advocating a total conversion, but something better than what is in place.

What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
Twitter! The way my mind operates, Twitter is my speed: a bunch of people all talking, conversing, sharing, and I can pick and choose what I address, what I want to take the time to pursue, and then engage or not as I like. Facebook reminds me too much of family gatherings: everyone sits and talks and hashes it out, and that just leaves too much room for stagnation or, worse, drama.

Tell us about your latest release and were we can find it.
Wicked Lies is a novella set between Sacrifice the Wicked and the final Dark Mission book, One for the Wicked. It’s Jonas Stone’s story—the man who has been the touchstone and technical help for the Mission for years. Not at all a man who is what he puts himself out there as, Jonas carries a lot of burdens—not the least of which is that he is gay in an Order that doesn’t condone it.

This is a story about all the dark demons we carry, and the lies we tell  ourselves when we forget how to look for the positive. Jonas deserved a shot at love, and Danny is just the man to give it to him.

The best part is that I’ll be donating everything I make from this book to the   It Gets Better Project, an organization that helps LGBTQ teens and youth through reach-out efforts.

Thanks for interviewing with us, Karina! And now, about the series.

The DARK MISSION series so far...

The streets of New Seattle have become a battleground between the Holy Order's agents and the witches persecuted in the name of "keeping of the peace". Battle-lines are shifting, good and evil not nearly so clear-cut as witches and rogue hunters have banded together in an uncertain alliance with rebels determined to peel back layers of conspiracy that go back decades before the cataclysm that changed the world forever. The Order has made its move, overthrowing the city government in a bloody coup, and present-viewer Jessie, ex-hunter Silas, newly minted witch Naomi, the felon Phin Clarke, seer Caleb and genetically enhanced witch Juliet are suddenly thrown together with the displaced Mission Director Parker Adams and Simon, a double-agent whose witch genes are slowly killing him. The rebels need to gain some ground, get back their imprisoned people, or this will be the shortest rebellion in history.

Wicked Lies
Paranormal Romance
Avon Impulse
March 05, 2013
ISBN: 9780062126733
Number of pages: 112

Jonas Stone has been given his first independent operation: rescue the insurrection leader’s imprisoned grandson from the Mission. Getting the job done means more than getting Danny Granger out-it means staying with him while he heals. Staying too close, for way too long.

Danny is everything Jonas isn’t: confident, optimistic, honest--a man to be reckoned with. If only it didn’t mean going against everything Jonas has planned. He’s kept his secrets for years, hid behind a mask no one could see through...until now. Danny isn’t the kind of man Jonas deserves. But he might be exactly the man he needs...

Read an Excerpt!

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Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, KARINA COOPER was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and thrived in the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing because, really, who doesn’t love making things up for a living?

One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she writes dark and sexy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. When she isn’t writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, two rabbits, the fantasy of a dog, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

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Kris said...

Sad to say, I have never read a book by Karina. I'll have to check them out further!

Timitra said...

I've wanting to try Karina's books for awhile now so thanks for the chance to win this series!


Gabrielle Lee said...

Great post. I cannot wait to read this book.