Today I am interviewing Brenda Cooper, award-winning author of the new dystopian, science-fiction novel, POST. Brenda is a technology professional, a futurist, and a writer.
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DJ: Hey Brenda! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Brenda Cooper: I’m a westerner – I grew up in California and then migrated north to Washington State, where trees and water and wild things surround me. I’m near Seattle, which is one of the best cities in the nation. I have over ten novels out, and well over 50 stories, and a fistful of poems. I love writing, dogs, and wrestling with the future in my work.
DJ: What is POST about?
Brenda: POST is about a journey and an incredible and unexpected friendship.
DJ: What were some of your influences for POST?
Brenda: For one, it’s a conversation with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I hated The Road. Oh, it’s brilliantly written and touching, but it’s also unrelentingly dark. So I set out to write a travel story that’s lighter and brighter, in spite of the fact that there are dark people and dark events in POST. At heart, I’m an optimist, and I wanted to create an optimistic take on a future that we may very well face.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Brenda: The two main characters are Sage and Monday. Fun fact: The working title for the book was “Sage Monday.”
Sage grew up in a completely insular community where she was hidden from the world and taken care of. She knows a lot about plants, and notices things about the natural world. She is also quite curious and stupidly naïve. Her curiosity drives her to leave her safe place and follow an airplane to find out about the world. Monday, on the other hand, grew up in tough towns and knows far more about threats and how to deal with them. Monday starts out trying to ditch Sage, but then Monday herself gets into trouble…. Continue reading