Author: Inglath Cooper
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Publisher: Fence Free Entertainment
Publication date: February 28th 2015
Pages: 132 (kindle)
Buy links: Amazon | B&N | website
CeCe and Holden have what is sometimes unusual in the entertainment world: a good marriage. They know how lucky they are to have found each other, and with the recent scare they witnessed best friends Thomas and Lila go through, they're determined not to take any of it for granted. But life in the public eye can come with its drawbacks, and when CeCe begins to receive death threats, Holden is ready to walk away from the spotlight altogether. CeCe refuses to let fear of the unknown determine how they live and insists on not involving the police. Until, that is, the terrifying event that leaves her certain she may never feel safe again.
Q: You lived in Nashville for several years, in which way did it inspire you to write this series?
A: I’ve actually never lived in Nashville. I traveled back and forth for three years from my home in Virginia, attending songwriting workshops, seminars and conferences, co-writing with other songwriters and recording songs with producers there. I was inspired to write the series when I realized that at that point in my life, with four young daughters, I wasn’t going to be able to spend as much time there as I would need to for a serious go at pitching songs to artists. That’s when I decided to go back to fiction with my Nashville love affair, and the series was born.
Q: R U Serious is the eight book so far in this series. Which one was your favorite book to write so far?
A: I really have enjoyed writing all of them. I’ve taken some leaps with my writing in this series, mostly in terms of plot elements, things I’ve found happening to my characters that weren’t always easy to get them out of. Part Eight - R U Serious - goes back to CeCe and Holden after three books with Thomas and Lila, so that was a lot of fun to do. I worried a little about what readers might think about switching back, but the comments have been really positive. I think readers have enjoyed visiting the two of them again.
Q: How would you describe the main characters, CeCe and Holdon, in five words?
A: Talented, fun-loving, committed, in love, dog crazy.
Q: CeCe and Holdon have a good marriage. Could you tell us how they manage to have a solid marriage while they live in the spotlights?
A: They both realize they’ve found the one worth waiting for. Music is their life, but they both live as if it would mean nothing if they didn’t have each other. Holden is a guy who respects women and knows he’s lucky to have found CeCe. He makes her feel loved and shows her that constantly.
Q: If you could write as much books as you wanted in this series how many more would you like to write?
A: Right now, I’m planning to write twelve. But if readers aren’t ready to leave the characters, I probably won’t be either.
Q: What kind of music do you like listening to while writing this series?
A: I love country music, especially the pop-tinged kind, but I also love dance stuff, high energy music. If I write to music though, it has to be classical or something that drops into the background of my brain because it likes to get distracted.
Q: Whose work inspires you?
As far as fiction writers, I’ve been inspired by so many authors. LaVyrle Spencer wrote such wonderfully emotional stories. I love Anita Shreve. Harlan Coben for the thriller stuff. Lately, I’ve enjoyed JoJo Moyes, Jane Green and Liane Moriarty.
Q: Who was your actor/musician crush when you were a teenager?
A: Oh goodness, that’s so going to date me! When I had just turned twelve or so, I was crazy about KC and the Sunshine Band. I was a member of his fan club and was so proud of my membership card! Later, I would have to say Kevin Costner. No Way Out. Oh my. And Richard Gere. An Officer and a Gentleman. Double Oh My.
Q: With which character in the Nashville series do you identify yourself the most with?
A: Probably CeCe. She loves dogs, is passionate about dog rescue and her creativity. That’s me.
Q: Could you tell us one silly fact about yourself?
A: Silly fact. Hm. I use straight coconut oil as a facial moisturizer. I drink 2-3 juices per day and credit Joe Cross and his documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead with changing my thought process on nutrition.
Q: What was your favorite book when you were a teenager?
A: I read bags of Harlequin Presents. Those moody, rich heroes. They seemed glamorous then. And Janet Dailey wrote some great stories!
Q: What is your favorite dessert?
A: Chocolate covered almonds.
Q: Anything you would like to say to your readers?
A: Thank you so very much for giving my stories a try. Reading choices are so plentiful these days, and I’m always honored to hear from a new reader. I think you’re all just amazing and love your passion for a good story!
About the author
Inglath Cooper spent two years traveling to Nashville, TN learning to write lyrics and co-writing with other songwriters. Cooper is the author of the best-selling Nashville Series, and the newly released Blue Wide Sky: A Smith Mountain Lake Novel (Feb. 14, 2015). A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in English, Cooper now divides her time between Virginia and Florida. She is also an avid supported of no kill shelters and is on the board of the Franklin County Humane Society.
Learn more about Cooper and her Nashville Series at www.inglathcooper.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.