Brenda Cooper is the co-author of the novel Building Harlequin's Moon, which she wrote with Larry Niven. Her novel The Silver Ship and the Sea, volume one of a trilogy, won the 2008 Endeavour Award. The third book in The Silver Ship trilogy, Wings of Creation, releases this month.
Cooper was interviewed by Lynne Jamneck at suite101.com. Part of the Q & A:
If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would it be, and why?Visit Brenda Cooper's website and her LiveJournal.
This is going to sound weird and retro, especially given that I'm a girl and all, but the whole time I was growing up I wanted to be Jubal Harschaw from Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. He wrote full time, had a cadre of smart people around him, had the smarts to stick it to the government...and I guess I'm half-way there. I write part time, have smart people around me, and I work for the government (which is not the same as sticking it to them, but being one of them may actually be more effective). Today? I think I'd be someone in the midst of an epic adventure like Frodo or Luke Skywalker. Somebody living hard but with right and wrong a bit simpler.
Five books that will always stay with you...
Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Think on These Things, Jiddu Krishnamurti...[read on]
The Page 99 Test: The Silver Ship and the Sea.
The Page 99 Test: Reading the Wind.