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.
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. Shortly after beginning my first book, I knew it was going to be a series, so I began compiling a chronology of events, dates, and little tidbits about character motivations. Two books in and I couldn't imagine not having that to refer to. The timeline in both books is not linear, so it jumps around a lot, sometimes with very subtle connections. Not only does that help keep things organized, it also shows me chunks of time where things haven't been written about yet. So, I can look at those holes and ask myself, "What could have gone on during this time, and how would that effect other things ?"
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
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. It is very rare that I write something that doesn't make it into the book. I can tell fairly quickly if a chapter going in the right direction. Usually within the first couple of paragraphs. But, I'll also be asking myself along the way, "Why would this character do that ?" If it feels plausible, then I will just roll with it. If it is poking at me at all, then I'll stop for a moment and try to figure out what isn't quite right about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order : Anne Rice, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, J. K. Rowling, Robert Kirkman, Stephen King, J. R. R. Tolkien, and a dear friend that writes under the name Bix Meister.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like to have control whenever possible, so it was a natural choice to self-publish my books. My creativity can be very spontaneous at times, so I've found it better to not have to worry about other people's availability or "creative input". The downside is, if I'm not doing it, it isn't getting done. The plus side is, I know what is going on every step of the way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Overall, I would say it looks very promising. It is nice to be able to tap into a global audience and find readers in places that might not have been available through the older, traditional paths. That feels like a wonderful thing for both writers and readers.
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Romance, Drama, LGBT, BDSM
What formats are your books in?
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