Thursday, October 20, 2016

Interview With Author Carol Cooper

Hampstead Fever

1      What inspired you to write your book? I live in an interesting part of London called Hampstead. It’s picturesque and aspirational, and has a rich cultural heritage. With Hampstead Fever, I wanted to tell a multi-stranded story about different people, each with their own hopes and dreams. To every individual, Hampstead means something different. For someone well off, the area might be a natural choice for a place to live. For someone struggling to make ends meet, however, paying Hampstead rents poses financial hurdles. And those trying to go up in the world can feel overawed and out of place.

2      What is it about? Hampstead Fever follows the intertwined lives of six Londoners one hot summer as emotions reach boiling point. It’s about relationships, as well as about careers, raising children, and dealing with aging parents. A slice of life, if you will, with a bit of medical angle inspired by my work as a doctor.

3      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? My main message is about communicating. For the characters in Hampstead Fever, most of the complications come about from lack of communication, so I hope the book will encourage people to talk to each other before they have serious misunderstandings, or worse. Having said that, the book is a light entertaining read, and I don’t think everyone will read it for its deeper message.

4      What advice do you have for writers? Keep writing and keep reading. As with everything else, practice makes perfect. I mention reading because studying masters of their craft can teach people so much. Too often, writers claim they’re far too busy writing to read books, but they’re really missing out.  Of course, I’m not suggesting that any aspiring author should ape someone else. But I do believe that it’s important to read widely to learn to recognize great writing. And reading books that are less good can be pretty instructive too.

5      Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I’m sure publishing has a future, but I’ve no real idea about what form it will take. I do know that there’s nothing like losing yourself in a book. For that reason, I believe people will continue to enjoy books and make time to read despite all the many other ways of spending leisure time.

6      What challenges did you have in writing your book? Finding time was the greatest challenge. For one thing, I was co-authoring a non-fiction book at the same time. It’s a textbook of primary care, and it was published on July 1, the same day as Hampstead Fever. I also practice as a physician in London, teach medical students, and write for The Sun, which is Britain’s biggest selling newspaper. I also make various appearances on TV and radio, and do some charity work, so it all adds up to a busy life.

7      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? If people only have time to read one book this month, they’ll enjoy reading Hampstead Fever for its feel-good qualities. It will make them laugh, cry, and think, a bit like the movie Love, Actually.

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