Carpinello's Writing Pages presents YA author Tricia Copeland. Tricia is a fellow Coloradoan.
First, a bit about Tricia:
Tricia Copeland grew up and attended college in Georgia. Following earning a master’s degree in microbiology, she moved to Pennsylvania with her husband where she worked as a research scientist. After nine years, they moved their family—one daughter, twin boys, and dog Jake—to Colorado.
Why did you pick to write books for YA?
My young adult years were challenging. I liked the idea of giving others ways of coping with issues they may face. Writing about situations that may arise in a young adult’s life helps me to communicate that there are solutions.
What types of books do you like to read?
My favorite books to read are paranormal books about vampires, werewolves, and witches.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
When I’m not writing, I enjoy hiking and biking with my friends and family. I like movies and games, ice skating, and curling up with a good book.
Tell us about Is This Me? and how the story came to be.
Is This Me? and If I Could Fly are upper YA/clean new adult contemporary fiction books. They are the first two books in the Being Me series. Told through Amanda’s perspective the series tells her story.
I began writing the series in 2008. A 150,000 word document was the result of several years of typing away at my computer after my kids went to bed. At first, it was just entertainment for me, but an author friend offered to read the pages. After finishing the story, she agreed to edit the work and the manuscript became Books 1 and 2 of the Being Me series. Book 3, as yet untitled, will be published in May, 2016.
Here's a peek at Is This Me?
Amanda has no trouble choosing a college or picking a major. What she does have a problem with is what she would have least expected, a guy. Smart and sexy, Doug is focused on school responsibilities and post-graduation plans. Their paths intersect ,and Amanda must accept his help or risk losing her scholarship. Determined to maintain appearances, Amanda begins to lie to family and friends. The ease at which she repeatedly deceives those closest becomes disturbing and leaves her questioning: “Is this me?”
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
I am working on Book 3 of the Being Me series. It continues Amanda’s story as she begins her sophomore year in college. Right now it is top secret as I don’t want to divulge any spoilers to my readers. It will be available in early May, 2016.
What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
One of my goals for 2016 is to publish in a new genre. I want to push myself as a writer and expand my reader group. I am looking to partner with other authors to write in an anthology or possibly a Kindle world series.
What advice do you have for other authors?
Being an indie author is so much more than just writing the manuscript. You need a great editor, formatter, and cover design person. Also, you need to know how to market a book in a constantly evolving media world. Surrounding yourself with people who have these tools is key.
Anything else you want readers to know?
I love connecting with readers on social media! Message me. I will respond! One of my favorite things is to hear predictions about upcoming stories. A couple I have incorporated into the plots lines!
Where can readers find you and your books?
Is This Me?
You Tube trailer
If I Could Fly
You Tube trailer