How/why did you start to write?
I wrote as a child and through my teens and had some success with poetry in student contests and fall fairs. It started from a love of words then became about self expression and eventually about telling a story.
Crack Panel Book Selection, Hot Type, CBC Newsworld
“[Cooper’s] skill is evident in her first novel, beginning with its title, Love Object, the opening key to the story’s final cathartic punch.”–The Globe and Mail
“Love Object is a powerful debut for Sally Cooper. She clearly is a fearless writer, not afraid to make us squirm as she lays out stark details that expose and enrich her characters. Her possession of Mercy and Nicky and Sylvia is total, and she forces us to accept them completely as the flawed people they are.”
“…[Cooper’s] passionate commitment to her characters drives the novel and the reader relentlessly forward. We have to know how it turns out. Like Cooper’s characters, Love Object is compelling in spite of its flaws, and it marks Cooper as a young writer to watch.” — The Ottawa Citizen
“Cooper possesses an extraordinary eye for detail, describing objects and settings with precise and often beautiful language. In a series of deft strokes, she reveals her characters’ internal lives with sensitivity and imagination, inducing empathy in the reader. Under Cooper’s skillful guidance, Mercy’s longing for her mother, and ultimate rejection of her, seem believable and necessary.”— Quill & Quire
“Cooper realizes that growing up in the country is just too absurd to take absolutely seriously and this results in some deliciously surreal moments and characters.”–Amazon.ca
“The Moment changes…. Keep eye peeled regarding situation around you.
Learn its demands. And – meet them. Be there at the right time doing the right thing.” (Dick, 155)
Can a story have an aura?
Walter Benjamin tells us that an ancient statue of Venus “stood in a different traditional context with the Greeks, who made it an object of veneration, than with the clerics of the Middle Ages, who viewed it as an ominous idol. Both of them, however, were equally confronted with its uniqueness, that is, its aura.” (Sec. IV)
The literary object we expect to exude an aura is the book. Possession of the right book allows a collector to “own” history. Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester. Shakespeare’s First Folio. The Gutenberg Bible. But our oldest stories first came to us orally, were held collectively. If these stories had auras, would they embrace the shape of the teller’s mouth and the timbre of her voice? Would they contain the curve of the attending ear?
It started with a bridge he crossed and crossed again with friends who loved him in Amsterdam and ended with him devoured, the thread dropped in the labyrinth. It started with feathers and trefoils, fleurs-de-lis, poppies, paisleys, leaves and grass blades – the exuberance of pattern – and ended with striped tents and fence rails, black branches, floorboards, beams and looming cats, with him stepping off the secret path. And despite their ebullient love, his dissolution, a slow fade into sheets.
What happens when the person who loves you most can’t take care of herself? Sally Cooper asks that question in her first novel, Love Object, the story of a family’s implosion in the aftermath of the mental collapse of the mother at its centre. When Mercy Brewer is 12 and her brother, Nicky, 11, their mother is hospitalized and their bawdy grandmother steps in to take care of them and their father. Love Object is the story of how two teenagers make sense of the loss of their mother while coming to terms with their own emergent sexuality and the secret violence at their family’s core.
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Murder fascinates women. We read more crime fiction than men, and we write more. Some of us go a step further and write literary fiction based on real crimes. U.S. writer Joyce Carol Oates suggests that “the most palatable fictions are those that aren’t really fictional but rather ‘facts’ audaciously reinvented in the language of gifted writers.” But what is it about certain crimes that inspire women to tell their stories?
Discover what happens to a woman when she must testify against her former friend at a sensational murder trial.
The day Pauline sees Ramona’s mug shot in the paper, she knows she’s going to be called upon to relive a complicated period of her life. Charged with murdering her husband, James, Ramona is also suspected of sexual assault. And when the police discover a stash of scripts with Pauline’s name on them, Pauline becomes a key witness in the trial.
Tell Everything follows Pauline as she prepares for her testimony and in the process reawakens memories that she has buried since she was a teenager. But the most difficult challenge she faces is keeping her relationship with Alex intact as he learns for the first time what secrets lurk in her past. Sally Cooper’s second novel, Tell Everything, is a gripping, vividly imagined work from a gifted author who shines a light on the darkest regions of the human soul.
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