Catherine Cooper was a primary school teacher before deciding to write for children. Catherine’s love of history, myths and legends and the Shropshire countryside around where she lives shines through her charming stories. The first book in this series, The Golden Acorn, was the overall winner of the 2010 Brit Writers Awards.
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Interviews with Catherine
Kathy Sattem Rygg, children’s book writer and blogger from A Sense of Fiction, interviewed Catherine in 2012. Catherine discusses how she became a writer and how she goes about creating the fantasy world in the Jack Brenin books.
I am SO excited to introduce today’s guest, award-winning children’s author Catherine Cooper!
She is the author of the Jack Brenin series, which includes “The Golden Acorn,” “Glasruhen Gate,” and “Silver Hill.” Many have called this the next Harry Potter series!
I downloaded “The Golden Acorn” onto my kindle after reading the rave reviews about it on Amazon and gave it to my 8-year-old to read. He loved it and immediately asked for the next book in the series. He also insisted I read it, and it was obvious why he enjoyed it so much!
Welcome, Catherine! Tell us a little about your background and how you became an author.
CC: I had two great ambitions when I was young; the first was to be a teacher, and the second, to write books for children. I never really left school. I left college, with a teaching certificate and a degree, and went straight back into school. I taught for 29 very happy years. I would still be in the classroom now if ill health had not necessitated I take early retirement.
Q: What were you like at school?
A: I enjoyed school, worked hard and loved reading and writing.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: I wanted to be a teacher and before I became an author, I taught for 29 years.
Q: Which three words describe you best?
A: Artistic, creative, communicative.
Q: What is your favourite word?
Q: What makes you cringe?
A: The thought of rice pudding.
Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?
A: A few minutes ago.Q:
Q: What do you do as a hobby?
A: I like making all kinds of things, like cards, working in clay, and making props to go with my books. I also like painting and drawing.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: What do you day dream about?
Associations & Author Profiles
The SoA is a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Their mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.
Catherine’s books are available to order on Amazon in various regions around the world. You can view her author profile by clicking the Amazon Author Page logo above or the View Profile button below.