Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Brian C. Copper. I'm an author that resides with his partner in a quiet suburb to the south of Boston, Massachusetts. I'm a perpetual people watcher, many of my observations find their way into my characters. My 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, I am usually quick to reply, “I never go anywhere without a set of handcuffs.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called "Origins – The Fullerton Chronicles Book 2". It is a continuation of my first book "The Room" and explores the backstory of the main character David Harmon and how he came to be a much sought after Dom with a BDSM playroom. We get glimpses into his younger years; his first sexual encounters; some of his early explorations with playmates; as well as his present-day romance with Max Braun, a patrolman that works for the Fullerton Police Department. Interweaving story arcs trace paths across different starting points in David's timeline. Each moving forward to the present, revealing more layers of who he was, will be, and currently is. This is Not your Dad’s Gay Male Erotica with BDSM themes. This is full-on Donkeypunch.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
We all have our own approach to the craft. One thing that I do is proof-reading as I go. When the words are flowing, it is all about getting them on the page. In between those times, I go back and read the paragraphs or chapters that came out of those sessions. For me, it helps to take some of that burden off, instead of waiting for the end and having to do it all at once. When I feel that the book is done, I will still go into that proofing mode and give it a thorough read through, but the task is much easier for having done much of that work ahead of time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
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.
What are you working on now?
Currently working on two books. The one getting most of my attention at the moment is the third book in The Fullerton Chronicles. Like the first two, it is told from the perspective of the main character, David Harmon, and explores a bit more of his past as well as more of his romance with Max Braun. The other book will also be part of The Fullerton Chronicles, in that it will take place in the same fictional town, but it will venture off into a somewhat different storyline.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The playing field is still shifting around, so I try to go at it from several directions. On facebook, I try to be active in groups for writers and readers, posting promos and reading & replying to comments here and there. I also try to interact with some online communities that cater to the fetish side of my audience. It all adds up and every little bit helps.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write. Write. Write. You make the rules, so don’t listen to someone’s negativity about what you’re doing. Just keep flexing those writing muscles and allow it to be what it wants to be. Eventually, you will start to see your voice poking through it all. But while you’re waiting for that, keep plugging away at it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Stephen King once said, "If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all." That really resonates with me, because I have always tried to remind myself over the years that I don't create things to impress others. I do it for me, first and foremost. The sole motivation is to create something that I enjoy. If that taps into someone else and they enjoy it as well, that's awesome. But it is never about adjusting the content because someone else might not like it. There will always be people that don't like something about anything or everything. So, I don't focus on that energy. There's nothing I can do about that. But, if I create something that makes me look at it and say, "You did a great job on that, Brian", that is all that matters. At the end of the day, we have to contend with our inner voice. I've always thought it better to be on good terms with that voice, and not worry about the ones trying to impose their negativity on me.
What are you reading now?
When I'm writing, I tend to not read much outside material. It can be a distraction and takes time away from creating. Instead, I like to re-read books that I'm already familiar with. It allows me to focus on the craft of the author, because I already know their characters. Other than that, my friend Bix Meister releases chapters on a fairly regular basis, so those I will indulge in as they go live.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing to build on this fictional town of mine and discovering more of the secrets lurking in the shadows.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is very difficult to narrow down to one book. Books that I have read several times and still enjoy: "Imajica" by Clive Barker; "The Stand" by Stephen King; "The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice; "The Lord of The Rings" Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien; "The Robot Series" by Isaac Asimov.
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