I’ve nabbed the lovely Téa Cooper for an interview today to talk about her new book, A Winning Streak, and those gorgeous Aussie men.
Let’s talk yummy Australian men. I can think of my favourite, Mr Jackman. Who’s your most lusted after pin-up?
Jackman probably takes the cake but I'm quite partial to the relaxed Simon Baker and I love Richard Roxburgh - but he's not really pin up material just such a bad boy with a great twinkle in his eye! Then there's the sport aspect - everyone thinks Australian women like sport…they like the players.
What genre do you prefer reading/writing, historical or contemporary?
That's a really difficult question…if I'm writing contemporary I read contemporary - can't have characters saying, "Damn your eyes" and "Dashed nuisance" in todays world! When I'm writing historicals I read historicals. A Winning Streak is my first Ancient Greek historical, and my first novella, so I read a fair few of Ancient Greek legends and myths and had to brush up on my gods and goddesses. I've spent quite a lot of time in Greece so the setting was easy!
I'm jealous! Would love to visit Greece. Can you tell us a little about your current release?
Oh I started the answer to this a bit early!! I wrote A Winning Streak in answer to a submission call for Ancient Greek or Ancient Roman novellas but it got put in the too hard basket and I was side tracked by my Australian historicals and contemporaries. One day I was suffering for a serious attack of writer's block and I dragged it out and rediscovered it. I did a bit of a rewrite and submitted it to Breathless Press' Timeless line and it was picked up straight away. It has actually been my easiest book to date - very few edits, a great cover and an early release date. It is my spin on one of my favourite Greek myths - the story of the virgin huntress Atalantê. I love strong heroines who can stick up for themselves and she certainly was able to do that! And then of course there are the Ancient Olympians and Spartans that challenge her - never mind the Melanion and his minuscule leather running gear!
Sounds fab! Favourite author & book?
Another difficult question - what are you doing to me? Favourite all time, take to a desert island, would have to be Lord of The Rings - J R Tolkien. You can read it on so many different levels and I usually read it at least once a year. I have some fantastic reference books that go with it - The Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Taylor which explains the languages and references in the book and a wonderful book called A Tolkien Bestiary which is an explanation of all the imaginary beasts and monsters and deities and fauna in The Lord of the Rings. Do you think I should be writing fantasy?
Please do, I love The Lord of the Rings.
Who is your favourite band/musician?
It's a mood thing - Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, Rebecca Ferguson and always The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton!
Love the last two!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be and why?
I'm quite happy being me at the moment! I'm doing what I have always wanted to do, living in a place I love with great friends and family nearby.
If someone was willing to pay for you to go anywhere you wanted tomorrow, where would you choose?
From Sydney to Antartica on a Tall Ship without a doubt. My current WIP is set aboard aschooner between Tasmania and Sydney so it would be part research and I have always wanted to go to Antartica. It's the only continent I haven't visited.
Sounds fab! Thanks for popping over and letting me pick your brains. Now let’s find out a little about your book.
Abandoned at birth, Atalante, protege of the goddess Artemis, is forced into an untenable position by her estranged father, the King of Arcadia—renege on her vow of virginity or condemn her suitors to asacrificial death. The aristocratic courtier, Melanion, cannot believe anyone would be foolish enough to put their life on the line for the dirty little predator whose reputation for speed and cruelty is legendary. That is until he falls under Atalante's spell.
Consumed by desire and jealousy, Melanion is determined to win Atalante's hand or die trying. He calls upon Aphrodite to assist him, little realizing that her noisome brat, Eros, has the pair of them in his sights and is determined to inject a little spice into their lives. Spice that will devastate the path of true love and incur the wrath of the virgin Goddess Artemis.
Copyright 2013, Téa Cooper
All rights reserved, Breathless Press.
The sixth day of Thargelion
Mount Parthenius, Arcadia
Purple thunderclouds swirled, and lightning slashed the sky. Artemis the Huntress, goddess of the forests and the hills, stood astride the mountaintop, staring in fascination at the frail human figure edging its way to the cave.
The figure gazed around furtively, then placed a tightly wrapped bundle beneath the shelter of the rocky overhang before stepping stealthily away through the glade of moon-white cyclamen flowers.
A flash of lightning illuminated the interior of a cave. Bounding effortlessly down the mountain, Artemis raged at the folly of mankind.
"Great Zeus above!"
Impossibly huge cerulean eyes stared up at her—the epitome of perfection. Artemis reached down and picked up the swaddled bundle. The scent of the fresh, sweet skin and the flawless rosebud mouth tugged at her heart as she cradled the tiny body close to her breast and raised her fist to the heavens. "This I vow, my little one, you shall become fleet of foot, a huntress, second to none and guided by my ever-watchful eye."
Pulling back the tightly wrapped swaddling, she gazed in awe as the plump, perfectly formed limbs pounded the air. "I name you Atalantê, my princess, for we are as one. In perfect harmony you will grow in my image, your maiden divinity never to be conquered by Eros."
Artemis listened as in the valley below, the Arcadian people held their collective breath. She stilled the lightning and dismissed the thunderclouds. Finally, when the pale sun rose, the frustrated cries of Lord Iasius filled the palace. "Gods! Take back your girl. Give me a boy to inherit my kingdom!"
The acts of men are rarely unheeded by the gods, and Artemis vowed compassion for her little foundling, seeing to her warmth and nourishment until the girl grew tall and nimble, slim of hip—a virgin huntress, in her own image.
Téa writes contemporary and historical romantic fiction featuring strong-minded women and sexy heroes who have to fight long and hard for what they believe in before they reach their happy ever after.
A Winning Streak is Téa's first Ancient Greek novella. She has written three contemporary romances Tree Change, The Protea Boys and Passionfruit & Poetry. She is currently working on a series of nineteenth century historical romances set in Australia. The first Lily's Leap released in May 2013 and Matilda's Freedom, will be released on 1st July 2013.
To keep up with all of Téa's news visit her website www.teacooperauthor.com where you will find links to her blog and social media pages.
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