My Go-To Place to Write by Isabel Cooper – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Isabel Cooper as she visits as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her newest book, Night of the Highland Dragon, book three in the series, which is scheduled for release on June 2. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of The Legend of the Highland Dragon, book one in the Highland Dragon series. Read our review of Legend here.

Where is your go-to place to write?

My go-to place to write? Work. Don’t tell my boss.

Seriously, though: generally speaking, I get most of my writing done either on my lunch hour, at another time when I’m waiting on an email or a call, or when I’ve finished all my actual work for the day and am just running out the clock or around in case I need to answer phone calls. Day jobs, you know?

On weekends or after work, I do a lot of writing on my laptop, often on trains or in train stations. All of my manuscripts are on Google Drive, and I’m lucky enough to live in a city where the local public transportation also involves somewhat decent wireless access—so usually I’ll get to the station early, sit down, and try to get five hundred or a thousand words written before I have to get on the train.

On occasion I’m even home, where I just use my desktop. It’s kind of nice, in that I can write without shoes or indeed sometimes pants on, but I often find the sheer amount of laundry I need to do kind of distracting.

When I’m at work or at home, I like to listen to appropriate music to set the mood. Sometimes this is period-accurate, but other times it isn’t—I use a fair amount of the Kill Bill soundtrack for my fight scenes—and it’s not an absolute necessity, as I can tune out train or train station noises when I need to.

I used to do a fair amount of the prep-work for a novel—sketching out the plot and characters, defining places, coming up with names and relationships and dates—during either meetings or classes. (Tip: if you look like you’re taking notes, nobody will generally notice what you’re taking notes on. I also planned out a few Dungeons and Dragons sessions during mandatory Modern Lit discussion sections, back in the day.) These days, I don’t have many of either, which is fortunate in some ways but does mean I relegate more of my planning to the train.

Planning is also the one thing I do off the computer. Sketching things out seems to come more easily in handwriting, but everything else is strictly electronic. I don’t know that I would have ever gotten published if I’d lived in the era of typewriters. Frankly, I don’t know that I would have lived this long without some kind of nervous breakdown—I tried to change a typewriter ribbon once, for a really archaic office where I temped in college, and I ended up with a broken typewriter and a face like a chimney sweep. My stories might be set in the past, but God, I love modern tech.

5_29 Isabel book cover“They say,” said the girl, “that people disappear up there. And I heard that the lady doesna’ ever grow any older.”
“The lady?” William asked.
“Lady MacAlasdair. She lives in the castle, and she’s been there years, but she stays young and beautiful forever.”

In the Scottish Highlands, legend is as powerful as the sword—and nowhere is that more true than in the remote village of Loch Aranoch. Its mysterious ruler, Judith MacAlasdair, is fiercely protective of her land—and her secrets. If anyone were to find out what she really was, she and her entire clan would be hunted down as monsters.

William Arundell is on the trail of a killer. Special agent for an arcane branch of the English government, his latest assignment has led him to a remote Highland castle and the undeniably magnetic lady who rules there. Yet as lies begin to unravel and a dark threat gathers, William finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Highlands…and the woman he can neither trust nor deny.

He prays she isn’t the murderer; he never dreamed she was a dragon.

About the Author: During the day, Isabel Cooper maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager in legal publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys video games, ballroom dancing, various geeky hobbies, and figuring out what wine goes best with leftover egg rolls. Cooper lives with two thriving houseplants in Boston, Massachusetts. Website

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  1. dragon

  2. lori faires says:

    I enjoyed the Isabel’s post. The book sounds Awesome. It’s on my TBR list. Blessings and Thanks to all.

  3. Barbara Elness says:

    I like all kinds of shapeshifter, but there’s something about a dragon that really excites me. I also really like big cat shifters.

  4. Thanks, everyone–and thanks for having me on!

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