Welcome to Author Jill Cooper:
Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain.
She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.
Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
If I could only pick one I would go into the future to see what my life is like, what books I published, how my daughter has grown, and how our lives have changed. I guess I have always been big into Spoilers.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Cookies and Cream. Little bit vanilla, little bit chocolate cookie crunch. It’s the best of both worlds. Especially if I add chocolate sprinkles. My favorite!
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Other than cookies and cream? Bacon and Eggs with melted cheese. Yes, it’s a total protein fix, but it’s my favorite for getting going in the morning. It’ll keep me going until lunch, which is 5-6 hours away.
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. I am up, exercised, dressed, and making breakfast while everyone else is still asleep. Because of this I am falling asleep before 11PM, but mornings are when I am most productive.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Ohh, hard one. M&Ms, I think. Chocolate wins over fruit. Sorry, fruit.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it features an average heroine without the perfect figure or hair who discovers she is braver than she thought while facing ultimate evil.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m glad you asked me that! The sequel to Dream Slayer, Demon Royale, will be out this winter. And Glistening Haven an urban fantasy mystery, should also be out this fall. My goal isn’t to change the world, but to entertain people. I hope the words I write can do that.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always had an active imagination and I started writing young. It was when I started reading for fun, think Babysitter’s Club that I realized that’s what I wanted to do. Once I had to write a short story for my fifth grade class, there was no looking back. I was hooked!
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I don’t really have a single favorite, but my favorite series was the Sweet Valley High series. I really loved that it featured twins that were different as night and day, but they had such a strong bond that nothing could tear them apart (for long!) That was so endearing to me, and I loved following their hijinks.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up, keep writing, reading, and improving, and always follow your heart.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
Probably to write a noir comedy featuring condiments. It’s called The Condiment Wars and was the first short story a magazine every purchased from me, so I guess I did something right! It’s available on Amazon now for the Kindle.
Jillybug. That is also my Twitter handle!
How do you react to a bad review?
Ouch. Cringe. Really, at first I just skim it and I admit, it feels like someone is crushing your heart in a vice. Usually I’ll leave it for a day and try not to think horrible self-loathing thoughts about myself. The in I’ll go back to it the next day and try to get something from it. See if there is anything I can take away from it that can help me improve. But maybe there isn’t. Maybe someone just didn’t like it. That I need to deal with and sometimes ice cream helps.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
We don’t watch a lot of reality TV, but we do watch Hell’s Kitchen every year. Something about chefs screaming at each other just is fascinating. It’s a good character study and you just can’t look away, wondering what is going to happen next.
The only thing worse than dying, is running away…
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.
The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.
Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:
Book #1 The Dream Slayer