Burn One Down
by Jeffrey A. Cooper
on Tour June 11 – July 13, 2018
Retiring thief Jack Apple is offered a low-risk, six-figure payout to heist a medical marijuana dispensary from the feisty and impetuous Diane Thomas after Diane steals the robbery plans from her shady ex-husband Alvin, hoping to beat him to the score.
Diane promises to stay out of Jack’s way but she can’t help interfering, forcing them to take hostages inside the dispensary when the robbery is interrupted by law enforcement, inciting a media circus that deteriorates into a full-on urban riot.
To escape, Jack and Diane must negotiate the hostages, their agendas, an army of Sheriff’s deputies, the tenacious local news media, crooked deals, corrupt politicians, rioters, Diane’s shady ex-husband Alvin, and their growing attraction to each other.
This little ditty about Jack and Diane is a fast-paced read that finds a few new wrinkles in a familiar genre. ~ Kirkus Review
Jeffrey A. Cooper lives in Los Angeles, CA. His previous novel, “How to Steal a Truck Full of Nickels” was published in 2015. Jeffrey has optioned several feature film scripts and co-created two shows executive produced by Emmy-award winning comedian Louie Anderson.
Jeffrey lives with his wife, daughter, two rescue dogs, a rescue cat and a fish who all get along famously.
Q&A with Jeffrey A. Cooper
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
Yes, but not necessarily my own. I’m an expert eavesdropper, especially when you’re talking so loud on the train that I can hear you through my earphones.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I start with a basic premise, then I ask myself what I like to call the “Busey on the Loosey” questions (which is a whole other story that I’ll tell you sometime). Who are they? Do we like this guy? Why do I like them? What about those people? What are they doing here? Why are they doing this? Then I go from there.
Are any of your characters based on you or people that you know?
Yes, which should be a warning to anyone out there who might be thinking about bullying that nerdy kid with glasses who reads a lot. Who’s laughing now, pumpkin-face?
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
When I get stuck, I wander around the house and get involved in projects. I’ll cook, clean up the yard, re-plant flowers, trim hedges, tidy up the garage. My wife knows when I’m being productive because nothing gets done around the house.
Tell us why we should read this book.
You should read “Burn One Down” because you like fast, entertaining stories about flawed people in dangerous and funny situations. You hate books that spend three pages describing the drapes. You love snappy, witty, and realistic dialogue from characters that pop off the page.
You’re traveling. Going on vacation. Relaxing around the house. You want a fast-paced book that you could read in a day.
You need a break from “serious” literature. You don’t read “Burn One Down” because you have to read it. You read this book because you want to read it.
You also support independent authors and self-publishers, and I can’t thank you enough for that. But I’ll try. Thank you.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Donald Westlake, Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block, Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Patricia Highsmith, P.D. James, Hunter Thompson, Raymond Carver, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hunter Thompson, Paul Beatty, Douglas Adams, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury. That’s off the top of my head. We could be here a long time.
What are you reading now?
“A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James
“A Man with One of Those Faces” by Caimh McDonnell
“Autobiography” by Miles Davis
One is my audiobook for the car, one is my bedside book and one is my bathroom book. Oh, like you don’t have a bathroom book?
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes, I can tell you that I’m working on the follow up to “Burn One Down”. There is no truth to the rumor that it will be done entirely as a puppet show.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
I would cast anyone that I could write a tell-all book about and blame everything on if the movie does poorly. That, or Daniel Day Lewis.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Standing on my deck facing the church parking lot next to my house and yelling at everyone leaving Sunday services to get the hell off my lawn.
I have had a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich every day of my life. Or, at least any day that mattered.
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