Velyn Cooper of Pinder’s Point, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, is the author of several books. She writes across genres and released her first book, Biblical Journeys: Passages Through Time and Into Eternity, in 2010.
Her publications include books for women and children as well as Biblical, Music and Poetry books.
She offers “Understanding God Through Your Position in Christ” as a free downloadable booklet from her website http://www.biblicaljourneys.net/
She is truly enjoying her new found hobby – photography – and is in the process of releasing her first inspirational photo books.
Velyn Cooper works as a Music Teacher in Freeport, Bahamas.
What inspires you to write?
Nature, people and situations present so many interesting lessons that I just cannot see and learn without putting pen to paper – or better yet, fingers to computer keyboard.
Something as simple as a photograph tells a story. There are times when a photo that I take jumps at me and without hesitation, thoughts stat to flow and words start to come. In short order, a book is written.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess I am a seat of the pants writer because I am not an outliner – as the thoughts flow, I write.
I do keep a journal and write down every idea for a book that comes to mind and title everything from the inception of the first thought and mentally build from there. Once I start a book, new ideas for the book pop into my head and I list them at bottom of the project to be included in the appropriate section.
I find that my best writing times are in the middle of the night when I have had a bit of rest and all is quiet. During this time, my thoughts flow without interruption and my creative juices are heightened. I follow a mental story line which once it is sequentially clear in my mind, I am able to transfer to written form.
When it comes to writing poetry, my poems come from natural inspiration. I could be washing dishes, working on the computer or doing something totally out of the realm of writing and a poem would pop into my head. I would immediately stop whatever I am doing and write it down. It is out of this background that I was able to publish a book of poetry.
I am also an amateur photographer and never leave home without my camera. I snap photos of things that appeal to me. These photos are inspirational to me and I use them to write inspirational words/quotes that suite them. This led to my publishing inspirational photo books.
My writing process is basically one that goes with the flow of events that become a part of my day.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop writing. Never stop publishing. The more you write and publish, the more opportunities you offer yourself to be discovered and be of benefit to someone else.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was telling friend that I had been writing for a while and was considering publishing my work. His question to me was “Why don’t you just do it?” That very year I published my first book and gave him the first copy.
Rejection of your manuscript breaks you or makes you. I chose to let it make me and this pushed me into the self publishing pool.
I would advise new authors to explore the method that they feel comfortable with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think book publishing will continue to explode as more and more people realize that they have something to offer the world of readers.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Biblical, Christian, Children, Inspirational, Music, Poetry, Quotes, Teens
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print