Interview & Contest: Isabel Cooper

Please help the us welcome Isabel Cooper to Romancing the Book.  We’re happy to have her stop by and I have to thank my staff for helping me interview her.  Enjoy!!

Jen: Please tell us about Lessons After Dark and where the idea came from.

IC: At the end of No Proper Lady, Simon and Joan decided to start training other people to continue the war against dark forces. In Lessons After Dark, that training begins, and Englefield Hall plays host to a small crowd of students: some interested in the unseen world, some drawn into it by their own powers. Olivia Brightmore, a former fake medium who discovered real magic, arrives to help teach, and almost immediately finds herself in conflict with Gareth St. John, the handsome school doctor who met her years ago and still suspects she’s a fraud. They don’t like each other, they don’t trust each other—but they have to work together, especially because matters at Englefield start getting darker and more dangerous than either of them could’ve expected.

Since finishing No Proper Lady, I was pretty sure that my next book was going to involve Englefield and its founding. I really enjoy stories about the start of organizations; I also like academic settings a lot. One of my major inspirations was the X-Men. Jean Webster’s Dear Enemy was another—particularly for a hero and heroine who start out really not getting along!

Aubrey: How do you decide on book titles?

IC: With considerable difficulty! 😉

Finding the right title is actually one of the hardest parts of the book for me, and one where I owe a lot to Leah Hultenschmidt, my editor, and the rest of the Sourcebooks team. We usually go back and forth a few times, narrowing down a small list, and there’s often at least one change before the book goes to press.

JoAnne: If you could travel anywhere where would it be and why?

IC: I would really love to take a slow boat around the world, actually. I love the idea of being on the “road” and not really under your own power—just going wherever the journey takes you—wandering around in a bunch of different cities, and so on, while still having time to relax during the day. I’d like to see Australia, particularly, and some of the Mediterranean, and I’d love to spend more time in the UK.

Ashleigh: What made you want to become an author?

IC: I’ve been making up stories as long as I can remember—my sister and I used to stage murder mysteries with our Barbies, usually involving the sabotage of plastic Jet Skis—but at some point around sixth or seventh grade, I wrote a story for a class project. I wasn’t the most popular kid in middle school, God knows, but everyone was laughing in the right places and seemed interested. I realized that this thing I did for my own good time could also entertain other people.

Angieleigh: Do you have a special playlist that you listen to when writing?

IC: I’d like to, but I end up writing at too many odd places and times these days. If I did, it would probably involve a lot of soundtracks from Regency movies, mixed with intense battle music, and maybe a couple tracks from Silent Hill when things get too creepy. (I love lyrics, but find them too distracting when I write.)

Maria: What draws you to the paranormal genre?

IC: There’s a great sense of potential about it. I like the idea that there’s something more to the world than what we see, and that people can learn to interact with that extra dimension in a number of ways: fighting some things, learning to use others, and so on.

Plus, I was exposed to Lord of the Rings early in life, and have been a ginormous fantasy geek ever since.

Jen: Please tell us a little about yourself and let us know where you can be found online.

IC: Well, I lived all over the place growing up—Pennsylvania until I was eight, then Southern California, then back to the East Coast for boarding school in Massachusetts, down to Rhode Island for college, and finally up to Boston—and went on a lot of family trips, too, so I got a taste for travel that’s never really left. I like both video games and ballroom dancing, thus covering both sides of some spectrum or other, and really never got over my Lisa Frank phase. And I have horrible judgment in footwear: everything I buy turns on me the moment I try walking to work in it.

I’ve got a website at, where you can find book announcements and a link to my blog!

Contest details:

  • 2 winners will each win a copy of Lessons After Dark.
  • The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, April 25.

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16 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Isabel Cooper

  1. Diane D - Florida says:

    Thank you for such an enjoyable interview in which I learned some very interesting facts. Your book, “Lessons After Dark” sounds really intriguing, I like to read books with mystery, passion, intrigue and danger. I love to follow the journey of the Hero and Heroine from the beginning of their story right upto their Happy Ever After. Thank you for this opportunity, and for introducing us to Isobel who is a new Author to me. dpd333 (at) aol dot com

  2. erin says:

    Please don’t enter me, I already have a copy of this book 🙂 Just wanted stop by and say thanks for a great interview! I loved No proper lady and I currently reading LAD and loving it! Ms. Cooper is definitely on my autobuy list and I wish a long and successful writing career!

  3. isabelcooper says:

    Thank you very much for your comments! Erin, I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed both No Proper Lady and Lessons After Dark so far! Always good to hear. 🙂 Diane, I’m with you on those preferences. I really like to read and write about how relationships develop. I hope you enjoy Lessons After Dark!

  4. traveler says:

    AN enjoyable introduction to a new author. This book sounds enthralling and unique. What a great post. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Barbara E. says:

    I have No Proper Lady on my towering TBR pile, and it looks like I better get to it soon, since now there’s another book to read in the series. I’m looking forward to reading both, it sounds like such a great series. Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  6. Maureen says:

    It sounds like an interesting story with a school in the story. Also, the heroine sounds pretty unique. mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  7. May says:

    I really enjoy reading No Proper Lady this year so really looking forward to Lessons After Dark. 🙂 Love reading your version of London! 🙂 maybe31 at

  8. Na says:

    I’m drawn to the paranormal genre for many of the same reasons as yours. There is so much potential and I definitely like entering a world unlike my own. It’s even better when I can imagine it to be true when it’s not. Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. Leanna says:

    You have such varied interests in hobbies, is your taste as varied in books or is there one genre that you prefer? Did you like the east or west coast best? I have traveled to both east and west coast and don’t have a favorite, I live in Minnesota now but am moving to Texas in June.

  10. Di says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to go to a school like that – it would mean I had some special power too! sallans d at yahoo dot com

  11. Romance Reader Enthusiast says:

    What I love about interviews is that I learn something about authors I know nothing about. I have never read of of your work and would love to “cut my teeth” on your book “Lessons after dark”. Lynn

  12. gamistress66 says:

    enjoyed the interview. The book sounds interesting, kinda like that mix of historical & paranormal. congrats on it’s release. gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Jen @ RtB says:

    From Tina: I enjoyed reading the interview. Isabel is a new author for me, but her book sounds very interesting. I love the paranormal. purpleunicorn19 at yahoo dot com

  14. Jen @ RtB says:

    Our contest winners are Leanna and Crystal, who have been notified. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to support Isabel.

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