Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: Picaresque by Park Cooper

Welcome to Author Park Cooper.


Dr. Park Cooper: Editor-in-Chief of Septagon Studios, Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of website Freelance editor with Del Rey Manga, writer of Marvel Comics’/Dabel’s/Desperado’s HALF DEAD, manga adapter, columnist, writer of Tokyopop’s recent pilot program project THE HIDDEN.


Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Lots of books in the future. My wife and I have written multiple manuscripts of genre fiction of many sorts, and are still seeking the right agent/publisher.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Reading stories. But I can tell you this story about myself: several years ago I found a questionnaire from when I was in the 9th grade that I’d kept. It asked me where I wanted to be in the future, and I wrote that I wanted to be a writer of science-fiction novels (I have since written one of those, by the way). I had forgotten that I’d ever written that. I found it not long after I’d started writing fiction, and it was a big confirmation for me.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I think Jim Parsons, who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the TV show The Big Bang Theory, could do an excellent job pulling off my main character, Reginald. He’s the most important one– he’d be my first choice for reading it on a CD, although he’d be too tall to play the character on screen (although he’d be fine for voice work for an animation effort). I suppose I could also mention that I think that the musician Tom Waits, who’s been known to do a little acting now and then, could probably do a very good job of pulling off the character of Graug, the troll.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
In fantasy (well, sci-fi/fantasy), Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber was a huge favorite, I know I read that before I was 18. But in comedic fantasy, mm, I liked The Dragon Hoard by Tanith Lee.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Oh, my favorite was always Hermes. I really identified with that guy. Stealing cows and inventing the lyre and being a lovable rascal within 48 hours of his birth, he grew up to be good-looking, sneaky, clever, fast, and oh my gosh it’s starting to sound like I’m describing the qualities of Picaresque’s main character Reginald. Well, more that I’m starting to sound like if Reginald listed his own qualities…

What is your favorite Quote?
My favorite quote these days is a piece of encouragement from comic book artist and creator Jack Kirby, who told some younger creators: “Just keep going no matter what. You’re in the game. You’re in the game.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Now, I told the 9th grade story already, but when I was really little, say 4, I wanted to be a marine biologist like Jacques Cousteau. I particularly wanted to save the whales. I collected them, and my aunts and uncles and people would bring me little ceramic or glass whales or whale books or what-have-you. Then I got to college and aced my writing classes but had trouble with advanced biology…

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
I don’t know who would be the best visual pick, but as far as voice, John Cusack’s voice and mannerisms kinda sound like me.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Steven Brust, Anthony Hope are the people who come to mind right now.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, most of them.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I very much liked the Jack McGurk mysteries. He and his team solved mysteries that, in general, only other kids would care about, but the author did it in the style of grown-up police procedurals.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
It used to be autumn, when it would cool off, but here it is, October, and it’s not cool enough…

Write a Haiku about your book
Poor Reginald Jest
wishes he was on a date–
fights monsters instead.

Picaresque by Park Cooper & Barbara Lien-Cooper

“Picaresque” describes a humorous story concerning the on-the-road adventures of a clever rogue or rogues, often operating in a corrupt society; The Prisoner of Zenda, Tom Jones, and Candide are classic examples of this genre.
When court jester Reginald was in prison awaiting execution for telling a very ill-timed joke he made in front of the king, he made a couple of new friends: Hobart the magician and his patient, Sunny, an elf who has something very dangerous wrong with her mind.
On the run, they ally themselves with a few others who haven’t yet found their place in the world:
–the world’s greatest 8-year-old thief
–the world’s only female knight
–the world’s only talking dog
To all appearances, they’ve become just a group of traveling performers, but over time, they (and Hobart’s mentor, who no longer has a body because he accidentally got trapped in a spell he cast to help him spy on the local ladies) become a crack team of spies for the desert City-State of Caravanserai.
Reginald’s letters to his superior, Nina (thrust into an executive position after one of Reginald’s early reports seemed to drive Reginald’s previous superior insane) tell the tales of his and his group’s efforts to outwit and otherwise foil hecklers, bandits, a troll with a fiendish plan for world conquest, the people’s glorious revolution… and, when they accidentally stumble upon the source of all the monsters in the world, a very large dragon.
But more importantly, Picaresque tells the tale of Reginald’s brave and often-apparently-hopeless quest to talk his employer, Nina, into going on a date with him.

Giveaway Details:
1 Ebook Copy of Picaresque
Open Internationally
Ends 11/4/11