Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins create magic out of words and paper. If you don’t believe me, then read one of their books. To be fair, they’ve had a lot of practice. They’ve both been writing since they were in school and they have nine novels and five short stories out! And they’ve only been working together for five years! Watch out world!
When they’re not writing, they role-play, and play video games. Jeff also spends time with his three dogs and Katherine has cats that demand her attention. They also keep a busy schedule full of conventions and live sales events that Jeff attends.
You could win a copy of their book Foul is Fair (kindle version)! I reviewed it last month here. Just leave a comment and I will pick one random winner. If you already own Foul is Fair, I can substitute another Cook/Perkins book for you. (This contest will run from November 1 to November 30, 2017. A winner will be chosen by December 7, 2017)
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This is the November edition of my Indie Author Spotlight. If you are here, you are part of a network of readers and authors who love Indie/small press Authors. Each month I spotlight a new Indie/small press author. You get to ‘meet’ my featured author, and learn how they came to be an author, how they approach their craft and many other exciting facts. You’ll also be eligible for a sweepstakes in which I’ll give away one or more of their books so you can sample their work! What could be more exciting than that?
Last month I spotlighted Kyleen Valleaux, who gets a lot of her inspiration from anime and magic. The sweepstakes is over but you can still check out her interview and her books. I’ve read everything she has out and loved it.
Enter the giveaway for a kindle copy of Foul is Fair by leaving a comment on this post. I’ll choose a random winner on December 7!
Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins met when she joined him as editor for his Dawn of Steam series. They worked so well together that they started writing books together! They write urban fantasy, and scifi, for both adults and young adults, and steam punk/alternate history novels. They’re considering breaking into high fantasy, space opera and super hero stories as well. I’ve no doubt they’ll be great at it.
Jeff says his biggest joy is spending time with his own dogs and the rescue dogs he helps out. He helps to raise money for PAWS Animal Rescue in Lynwood WA with his WriterPunk Press Anthologies and sponsors two kennels there. He said it was wonderful to spend time with the animals and know he was making a difference.
Katherine’s biggest joy is possibly the research and world-building but that sometimes a sandwich and good company is all she needs.
Jeff and Katherine are both full-time writers. They rarely have problems coming up with ideas, but rather which ones to focus on today. Jeff will sit in his armchair and Katherine at her desk, they work together but since they don’t live very close to each other. With Jeff in WA and Katherine in Ohio, they use the Internet to collaborate, talking online or on the phone while they outline, develop characters and write their books.
When I asked Jeff if they were outliners or pantsers he described them as hybrid. He said they will outline a story and then make changes as they work on it to suit their muse.
They are full on Indie authors, in full control of their titles, covers and marketing. Katherine is also an editor, so she handles the editing side. They both agree that they prefer having full control and handling it all, even the marketing parts, themselves. Jeff says he especially loves interacting with his fans. Because he writes YA he’s been approached by several parents who’s children have learned to love reading more because of his books. He says that is the best reward of all.
Jeff’s best advice to anyone entering the market as an Indie author is to hire a good editor and then listen to them. He says he wasn’t always the best, or nearly the best, at this, but that editing can make a huge difference. “That extra set of eyes and additional perspective helps tremendously.”
His advice to help your favorite Indie author is simple. Ask at your local library if they will include some of your favorite Indie authors on their shelves and to do the same at your bookstore. The single most helpful thing anyone can do for an Indie author is tell someone else how much they loved the story they wrote. Shout it out on social media, share their work there! And then tell anyone who will listen. You can even write an article about them on your blog! Oh. Yeah.
Jeff and Katherine have nine novels out! Nine! They can be found by visiting either author’s Amazon page, just click on their names. They center around three main series.
Dawn of Steam, The Fair Folk Chronicles, and Angel’s Grace Trilogy.
Dawn of Steam is a series of alternate history steampunk novels. They are First Light, Gods of the Sun, and Rising Suns.
The Fair Folk Chronicles are a contemporary YA fantasy series that draw on Celtic, Hawaiian and other world folklore. They are set in Seattle and follow a young girl who finds out she is the daughter of the Unseelie King, which it turns out is a very big complication. The books, in order are; Foul is Fair, Street Fair, A Fair Fight, and All’s Fair.
The Angel’s Grace Trilogy is an urban fantasy written with A.J. Downey and include Airs & Graces, There But for the Grace, and A Coup d’Grace.
They also have a standalone novel called Unchosen, which Jeff describes as a slightly darker YA contemporary fantasy.
I’ve only read Foul is Fair, but I loved it! You can read my review by clicking on the title.
Every author has people who help them along the way. Who make their craft possible.
Jeff says that when it comes to appreciation, he could fill pages with the people who have helped him along the way. He says that at the back of every book they acknowledge everyone they can think of and run out of space. Here are the highlights.
He’d like to start with their families; parents, spouses and siblings, and the teachers who inspired them. He also extends a warm thank you to their readers, reviewers and beta readers who make the writing and work worth the effort.
Jeff and Katherine would also like to thank the other authors at Clockwork Dragon– Lee French, Sechin Tower and Nikki McCormack. Clockwork Dragon is a shared blog where they help to market and share each other work.
Finally, where would authors be without the artists who make their covers, banners and images? Jeffrey and Katherine extend many, many thanks to Clarissa Yeo, Chris Kovacs, and Theo Ashford who helped to put their covers together.
He closes with one final thank you- to the book bloggers and people who use their social media to help with the marketing and awareness… the most thankless part of the job. So thank you to people like Lora Christine, Leslie Conzatti, Ivy Hope, and the author of this blog, just to name a few. (His words, not mine <blush>)
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting my authors this month. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey in person this past summer at AwesomeCon in Washington D.C. and now I’ve shared that meeting with you also! Don’t forget you can win a copy of Foul is Fair just by commenting on this blog. (Or another of their books if you own FiF) The contest will run from November 1 to November 30, 2017 and a winner will be chosen on December 7, 2017.
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