About Brian C. Copper:
Brian C. Copper is an author that resides with his partner in a quiet suburb to the south of Boston, Massachusetts. A perpetual people watcher, many of his observations find their way into his characters. His first foray into writing takes place in a fictional small town in New England and touches upon several BDSM themes. When asked if the book is based on actual events, Brian is quick to reply, “I never go anywhere without a set of handcuffs.”
What inspires you to write?
Having another chance to be creative. I try to focus on being positive, so even if I’m not actually writing, I’m observing and filing away details to draw upon later. Meeting someone new can trigger a character detail and set me off on a jaunt of creativity. Conversing with a dear friend might recall a memory that can feed a plot point. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so for me, it is about watching for those things that will fuel the journey when I’m in that place where the words want to come out and play.
Tell us about your writing process.
After a few failed attempts over the years, something finally clicked in December 2015. My first day i wrote just over 5,500 words. The next day, another 5,000. Once the concept of characters, plots, and chapters started to make sense, the rest sort of fell into place.
One of the best parts is when I’m reading back a chapter and the emotions of the scene hit me, be it laughter or tears. All I can do is hope that the reader has a similar experience, but when it happens to me, I feel as though I’ve tapped into something special. There are still points of the story that start poking at my emotions while I’m reading up to them, because I know what is coming. There are several parts that make me laugh, and a few that still bring me to tears, both happy and sad.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My writing is very organic. I try not to push the characters too much, rather I listen to where they would like to go. Then, once i have a good idea of what the scene is, it’s up to me to add the details to make it interesting for the reader. Sometimes I am writing full-on just as it appears on the page. Other times I will do an outline of plot points and dialogue, then color it in after.
The characters are usually very adept at pointing out if I’m straying into territory that falls outside of their usual motivations. For me, it will happen quickly too, within a sentence or two. Which is good, as it makes it easier to get back on track.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Write. Write.
You make the rules, so don’t listen to someone’s negativity about what you’re doing. Just keep flexing those writing muscles and allow it to be what it wants to be. Eventually, you will start to see your voice poking through it all. But while you’re waiting for that, keep plugging away at it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was an easy decision because I like having control of the situation. I do my own cover design, so there’s no worries about trying to wrangle with someone else’s scheduling for that. I’ll also do most of the proofing as I’m reading back chapters, making sure the mood and flow is there, as well as watching for mistakes or words that didn’t make it to the page in the heat of inspiration.
There were some hoops to jump through to move forward with it all, and it was a bit of a learning curve at first. But it was certainly worthwhile overall and much easier the second time around.
I don’t think it is for everyone, as it can get a bit overwhelming at times. Lots of people would rather spend the time just focusing on the writing. I look at it as a little break, switching gears. It allows the creative ideas to have a chance to build up again, so that when I change back into writing mode, I’m revved up and ready to go.
If you have the mindset to dig in and make it happen, by all means do. It can be a very rewarding feeling to look at what you’ve achieved when all is said and done.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We’re in a transitional period which is very exciting. It has never been easier to reach out and find new readers in all corners of the globe. That is a wonderful thing for both the people that are writing as well as the people that are reading. So many new avenues and opportunities for everyone.
What genres do you write?: Erotica, Drama, Supernatural, Romance, to name a few
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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