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Some of the best things in life happen in a roundabout way. Author S. Copperstone knows this all too well. The fantasy and historical fiction author has just released Bittersweet Tavern, her first book with indie publisher Bygone Era Books, Ltd, after a long journey through the landscape of both independent and traditional publishing. Her story is one most of us will recognize: the labor of love that is creating a novel, followed by querying literary agents and publishers and more agents and publishers until our eyes cross and we lose count.
“Breaking into any type of publishing is not easy,” says Copperstone. “Competition is fierce, and I tend to write unusual stories which can be hard to place or market.” She chose a pen name as a way to remain somewhat anonymous and separate herself from her writing. With the pen name, the author can say, “Yeah, that S. Copperstone comes up with some strange ideas.” The name is taken in part from a southeast Michigan restaurant sign that caught her eye.
Copperstone is a longtime resident of Livingston County, a unique location in the mitten state that combines large stretches of rural area with patches of suburbanites. Acknowledging that writing is therapeutic for her, the author has been writing novels off and on since her teens. After compiling an impressive file cabinet filled with rejections from some of the best literary agents and publishers in the business (these are the battle scars of any committed writer), Copperstone was excited to receive an acceptance letter from independent publisher Bygone Era Books.
Bittersweet Tavern is a historical fiction sparked by the old 1970s song, “Brandy,” by Looking Glass, and an unforgettable trip to Maine. “I wanted to incorporate that feel (the scents of the ocean, fish and pines) into a story. After some research, I discovered more than a few interesting historical events that had taken place in that area. One of the most intriguing was the burning of Falmouth (today’s Portland, Maine) in October 1775. I had found a setting in which to bring two of my favorite main characters to life. Daniel and Jerusha hope to entertain.”
In Bittersweet Tavern, Jerusha, a widowed barmaid in the upper Massachusetts Colony, was feisty and could handle herself, but she was also a bit of a klutz. This was not necessarily a bad thing when she stumbled into the arms of a mysterious ship captain, hardened by the early battles of the American Revolution. Yet, beneath that gruff exterior, she thought she detected something more in the sea-dog. Something … almost familiar. A follow up novel covering their future adventures is in the early planning stages.
Earlier in her writing life, Copperstone took the plunge and entered into the self-publishing world with The High King’s Embalmer. Check out the thrilling video trailer for it here. The author’s first novel, it’s a story about an alien shape-shifter who was born into slavery in a dystopian world and finds himself entangled in the middle of a plot to kill his master and his family. Due to his loyalty to the family and relationship by blood, he can’t allow that to happen. It incorporates a touch of Ancient Egypt with modern North America. Originally, the main character was a pirate, then a vampire, but now he’s a shape-shifter (in the form of Anubis) and part human. Copperstone has two additional novels in the works to accompany The High King’s Embalmer. The novel is currently available in e-book form on Amazon, with a plan for re-release in the near future in paperback.
Copperstone is quite diverse and enjoys writing across several genres. Another story, Two Bits is about centaurs in the American Old West and Copperstone’s first paid acceptance from a publisher. The author describes it as a western with a bit of Greek mythology thrown in. Two Bits is currently an ongoing web serial on JukePop Serials.
Copperstone is also working on another series of unreleased novels set in medieval Scotland and France which focus on a knight, his family and friends and misadventures. Like many writers, Copperstone becomes attached to the characters she writes and talks about them as if they are real. She says the main character in this series is another of her favorites and he would like his story to be told.
When she is not writing, S. Copperstone enjoys traveling, old buildings, history, genealogy, hand weaving/braiding rugs, and collecting fossils which she likes searching for herself. The author frequently spends time with her horses and is owned by her cat, Hobbit.
S. Copperstone can be found wandering all over the internet:
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• Wordpress: https://scopperstone.wordpress.com
• Tumblr: http://scopperstone-author.tumblr.com
• Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/29124715...
• iAuthor: www.iauthor.uk.com/the-high-king-s-em...
• Twitter: @SCopperstone
• Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/shari0
• YouTube: http://youtu.be/0BwBi_Mgytc
• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3519023.S_Copperstone