Brenda Cooper

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Strong Women and Fabulous Books: Interview and Giveaway

Drop by My Bookish Ways today and grab a chance at a free copy of The Creative Fire. I have a long interview posted there.  I liked the questions.  Here are a few of them: Do you think recent sci-fi has been better about featuring strong women? What is your take on that? and If […]

Lone Boy and The Girl with Microphone (You Say You Want a Revolution)

I’m extremely pleased to see John Picacio and his new company, Lone Boy, will be putting out a calendar via a kickstarter campaign.  And in the calendar?  Girl with Microphone (You Say You Want a Revolution), which is the cover of The Creative Fire.  I believe she’ll be July.  Chances are she’s looking at you […]

Guest Post: Science Fiction and the Future

SF Signal very kindly posted a guest blog of mine.  In it, I discuss three books where the authors did a great job putting real and well-researched ideas into their work.  Two of the authors are actual futurists, and the other book is by two local Analog writers.  But I won’t let out the spoilers […]

The Creative Fire is out! Happy Release Day!

The Creative Fire is now shipping from Amazon.  I still haven’t seen it, but I already have the email that says it’s on its way.  Books take a long time to birth, but the happiness factor of knowing they are out in the world really sticks with you anyway.  Even though I’m done with a […]

Sometimes it’s not the wordcount

Most mornings, I sit down at 5:00 and write until 6:00 or 7:00, getting out about 1,000 words. The last few weeks have been frustrating.  I’ve been driving toward the finish of a book that just doesn’t want to end. Scenes keep getting added.  Some will come back out; this is not going to finish […]

Worldcon Schedule

Friday August 31st:  (Updated to add Pyr panel!) 1:30 – 3:00 PM Pyr Rising:  Columbus Hall, Rooms A&B.  A shared panel between Dragon Con and Worldcon.  This will be extra fun because I have been in a writing workshop all week with one of the other Pyr authors, E.C.  Myers.  He will be on the […]

Final Cover Available for The Creative Fire

Lou Anders and John Picacio bring The Creative Fire to life

The Creative Fire, the first “Ruby’s Song” book, is available for pre-order (link below).  It actually has been for a little bit, but I wanted to hold off until I had permission to show off the absolutely amazing art by John Picacio.  I have been blessed over and over by the cover fairy.  This time, […]

Pleased! Pyr to publish two of my books

Writing is lots of work, a lot of rejections, a lot of work, a lot of learning, and – once more – a lot of work. Occasionally there’s a reward.   I recently received a really great reward that I can finally talk about (translate that as the contracts are signed and in hand at […]

The Dangers of Missed Deadlines, or Pretty Ruby

This spring, I attended a writer’s workshop in Flagstaff, Arizona.  There, I agreed to get the final draft of my current WIP novel, The Creative Fire, done by August 31.  Now, all of us came up with carrots or sticks.  I came up with a stick, since I am personally motivated by sticks. My stick […]