DJ Cooper is the author of the Dystopia book series, and also writes humor, poetry, and research articles for her blog Surviving Dystopia. Included in her works are editorial pieces for local newspapers, blog articles, and of course dystopian fiction. Along those lines, she is also an internet radio host/executive producer of the Prepper Podcast Radio Network KPRN-DB. DJ Cooper was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but lives in and writes about Kentucky in the Dystopia series. Currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University, she is studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing/English. When asked about what kind of writer she is, she says, “The starving kind. I believe that writing is an ART, and often times, one must sacrifice to maintain the artistic integrity of the works.”
Dystopia: The Beginning of the End
Soon the action intensifies as Destiny & Matt, along with their small group, struggle to maintain some semblance of routine while the world around them spirals into chaos. With limited resources, some knowledge and skills they soon find that even though they are somewhat removed from the worst of things, the chaos comes to them. Our group manages through each day until the world’s troubles come to their very home and it is soon apparent that they must adapt and improvise. Watch as they make do and work together to reconcile the reality of this new life. Working together with ingenuity and compromise they begin to overcome many threats that challenge their very survival. It soon becomes apparent that something just doesn’t fit about the Ebola and Isis news. When the financial crisis grinds society to a halt and changes their way of life, they find themselves at the heart of a war they did not intend and pursued by an unlikely enemy bent on their destruction. Enjoy their humor as they bring a lighthearted perspective to a very dark time.
DJ Cooper’s first novel and the first book in the Dystopia series offers a different view of things that could be, how these events could shape what might be and gives hope for what can be. Written for those of us who are somewhat prepared to handle what may come but are like most of us who just make it day to day, they do not have unlimited resources or knowledge and improvise as each challenge arises. A story of today, in our current world of uncertainty, anything could go wrong and bring our way of life to an end.
Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the book:
“Amanda spotted one of the guys who had raped her, she stood up and fired at him, hitting him in the head and he crumbled to the ground.
Dez grabbed her and threw her to the ground, screaming, “That was so stupid. Get your shit together.”
George caught sight of Dez as she was pulling Amanda down and headed for their position in a rage.
Matt was horrified when he saw this and yelled to Sam and Loel, “Take him out! Get him, he’s spotted Dez and going for her!”
“Oh My God, DESTINY” he screamed as he broke position running at George.
Loel and Sam stood up and covered him, as Frank came running from the back house to take his spot
Jeremy was still in the woods and saw what Matt did. He broke cover and sprinted across the road to cover him just as Matt tackled George, toppling them both into the ditch below her position.”
Questions & Answers with DJ Cooper
I’m asking the hard questions today. I hope you’ll stick around and read the answers!
Question: Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Answer: Destiny Walters (Dez), Destiny is one of the lead characters but more than that she is what I would hope to be. Strong, yet lighthearted with intelligence and kindness, she handles all situations.
Question: Please describe him/her/them a) physically b) their personality.
Answer: Dez is older, but not elderly (I leave her actual age up to the reader.) With long dark hair, she is also fit and young enough to have a significant other that is much younger than she is. She has twentysomething children and a grandchild, yet had no one told one might never know. She is strong in her convictions and outspoken. Her lighthearted nature allows her to quickly get over issues and find solutions.
Question: Could you provide a couple of quotes from your book of dialogue that shows that personality?
Answer: Dez eyed him and said, “After how George acted I don’t really want to deal with his stupid ass anymore this evening.”
Dez spoke up, “I think we need to consider non-lethal forms of defense, we may have to defend, but could run into legal issues if we use lethal force in the beginning.”
Herb spoke, saying, “I think this is a good idea, you know Janice and I are not spring chickens, I worry we would be a burden to you all.”
Dez replied, “Don’t you worry about that, I know lots of ways you two would be of help and we would feel better knowing you were close enough to keep an eye on, wouldn’t want you not so spring chickens; getting into any mischief out here.”
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Answer: Fiction: Sci-Fi / Post-apocalyptic
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
Answer: A few minor expletives are used in dialogue but nothing you wouldn’t hear on cable TV 😉
Question: Do you have any upcoming events?
Answer: None scheduled yet, but will be doing signings and interviews for Prepper Podcast at Preparedness Expos
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
Answer: The Beginning of the End is my first Novel and I hope to gain experience and knowledge. There is a second in this series already available called Dystopia: The Long Road. In the works is a Character Novel (started out a novella to tie up some loose ends but is ending up more) and also the third book in this series Dystopia: The Dark Days. Both are being written simultaneously as the character novel unravels some of the information, but I can’t share it in the third book because I haven’t decided what it is until I write it in the other.
Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc…)
Answer: Just my children, Chris and Jamie. They have been life’s greatest blessing and support Momma in everything. Growl at me to get my school work done and offer feedback to what I write. Jamie has also started writing her own book and I could not be prouder of her.
Question: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Answer: Oh, to go anywhere I choose would be magical. More so would be to go to anytime. I love history and would love to experience some of the things that fascinate me. I guess for this question, I might like to be a Viking. To go to areas of Scandinavia, More specifically Sweden, where there are yet some who choose an old-style Viking life would be an amazing adventure. Glancing around, a current time Viking village set amongst the green mountains and blue waters of a rarely traveled fjord. Across the water, two Viking ships come into view and even though they are new they still carry the look of the once great ships. Looking into the village are a number of small cabins with grass growing on the roofs. Because I would choose to visit in the summer the weather is fair with a breeze gently blowing off the fjord. Inhabitants mill around the town tending livestock, tanning hides or working on various tasks. I hear from the edge of town a clank, like metal being beaten and choose to investigate. I find a blacksmith shop where swords are being made. The heat from the forge can be felt on my face from the doorway. Many men stand in warrior clothing carrying shields and swords sheathed at their sides. What a wondrous adventure I might like to never return.
Question: If the character from above were in that place what would they be doing?
Answer: Dez would be a shieldmaiden of the time, not only that but one of power. She would have the kindness to win the people’s hearts but the fierceness to conquer their enemies. Practicing her fighting skills as well as negotiating peaceful solutions to whatever threat they may face.
Question: If your character was allowed one chance to say anything to your readers, what would he/she say?
“Never be so strong you lose your sense of compassion, never be so compassionate that others think you’re weak, and always remember to laugh at yourself. It is with the ability to empathize we can care for others, our strength we overcome issues and laughter that we are able to remember to lighten up.”
Question: If your character could donate to any charity, which one would he/she choose?
Answer: Any charity that helps battered and abused children.
Thank you for your time. This has been another wonderful Q&A Session!
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