Sunday, January 20, 2008

Interview with Charles Copeland


CA: Here he is the man of the hour, Charles Copeland. He is the author of A Song of Independence and appears on The Fractured Mirror radio show twice a week. You should definitely check out the show, its a real eye opener. Without further adue, I give you Mr. Copeland's interview.
CA: What genre(s) do you write?

CC: It all started when I wrote horror only, but I seem to have fallen into an alternative genre I like to call “Horror/Anti-New World Order”. I don’t even know when I switched from mainline horror, but it happened and it’s something I would never take back now. The Anti-NWO aspect has really picked up an awful lot of steam.

CA: Why do you write the stories that you write?

CC: We live in a time when history demands truth. Humanity is now screaming for it. And as a result, absolute truth is becoming more suppressed each day. George Orwell once said, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” Though my work is fiction, a good deal of it is based on a solid foundation of irrefutable facts that the rulers of our world do not want you to know. Each of us has just one life to live, and it’s up to us to live it as we see fit. As for me, I must spend mine staring down those who would subjugate us if we did nothing to stop them.

CA:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

CC: I did a lot of writing when I was just a snot-nosed kid, but I had no idea at the time that it was a direction in which I wanted to take my entire life. Now, at 40 years old, I wish I’d listened to my younger self, because it was always pretty clear that writing gave me an escape which I was unable to find anywhere else.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

CC: I blame Stephen King [laughing]. His work always made it possible for me to live in whatever world of monsters he created within each book, and I always wanted to write the kind of stuff that gets inside the Ideal Reader’s head and refuses to leave. That never would have become my burning ambition if not for Stephen King. Of course, I should also take this time to blame the other masters as well, Koontz, Shelley, Stoker, Poe, Saul, and Shakespeare. In fact, Shakespeare said it best, “Some words may hide others.”

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

CC: I begin with a rigid schedule and a formulated writing plan, which quickly erodes into writing a bit more often than my plan called for, and then I finally end up writing non-stop until I can’t even see any longer. It’s a lot like a small wildfire which, when fueled by attention, feeds and quickly grows out of control, scorching everything it touches. It’s aggressive, it becomes a living beast, it evolves further and becomes calculating, it remembers, and it hunts . . . When the Ideal Reader gets involved with my writing, they can see a story working things out on its own . . . creating its own destiny . . . becoming alive . . . and angry . . .

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

CC: One word that describes how I feel is a “feeling” [laughing]. Just kidding, I get your drift. My one word would be . . . monstrous. =)

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

CC: What I “like” to do has no bearing on it, mainly because what happens when I’m not writing involves stressing over the next available opportunity to write, and then fighting off urges to just throw myself into full immersion in whichever world I may be about to create.

CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

CC: I’ve written 3 novels and an unpublished book about the hidden truth of the Council on Foreign Relations, as told from personal interviews conducted with a board member, but that book won’t see the light of day until my death. It contains a lot of damning information that, if released now, would almost certainly hasten my demise. And since NOT dying is at the top of my priority list, that is a book that will await the proper time to be set loose on the world.

CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

CC: My Ideal Readers can easily spot characters based on real people, but you really need to step back from the scene and scrutinize those characters and their traits in order to peg who it is they represent. I often code character names with initials of real people who pertain to whichever character they represent as well. All the other characters, including animals and even inanimate objects, are usually based on me. Everything in my writing is representative of something else. Trees are never JUST trees and rivers follow paths which, when observed with proper historical perspective, then become analogous of something bigger and perhaps more telling than if I were to just come right out with whatever they represent.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

CC: I can always be reached by email at
Charles@CharlesCopeland.com and by message at MySpace.com/CharlesCopeland. At present, the only book I have in print is A Song of Independence, which can be found at http://www.LuLu.com/content/602691 or through my website at CharlesCopeland.com. Of course, you could just wander down every street in America and scream my name as loudly as possible and hope I respond, but it’s been my experience that the email address is far more efficient. =)

CA: Thanks so much Charles for the wonderful Interview! I don’t know if you know Charles personally but if you don’t, you should! He’s a blast to chat with and listen to on his radio show at www.fracturedmirror.us on Tuesdays and Fridays, or you can get more details at CharlesCopeland.com
Charles has witts and brains, and a wonderful sense of humor that shines through in his writing. Check out the review for his book A Song of Independence on my review blog:
http://bookreviewsbycrystal.blogspot.com/2008/01/song-of-independence-by-charles.html

16 comments:

Charles Copeland said...

This guy's a nut! LOL! Oh, wait...I mean...Seems like the kind of guy I'd really like to meet. =)

Anonymous said...

Charles Copeland sounds like the new George Orwell. Little did we know that "1984" would be upon us so soon. It seemed to be so in the future we couldn't see it. The same with Copeland. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, we refuse to listen to the writers who have a vision.
Thank goodness for writers like Charles.
Yvonne Mason, Author

Crystal Adkins said...

LOL I think he has nut tendacies..I think I once was told he was a tin foil hat wearin' kinda guy...but he is the most sweetest man! Even if he chews the ears off of my gummy bear!

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi Yvonne thanks for stopping by! I totally agree with you! There are so many people who have been sheltered from Charlie's truth..I wish everyone would tune into his show! Hugs Yvonne!!

Charles Copeland said...

HA!!! =)

He does love gummy ears. That much is true. LOL!

Crystal Adkins said...

LOL I'll have to remember that for the future..from now on I'm sending him lighters..if you listen to his radio show you'd understand :)

Anonymous said...

liked the interview guys!!!!!! very interesting anmd i love a sense of humor charles lol





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marcie said...

I really enjoyed reading this interview.Charles Copeland indeed sounds like a writer of great vision. I can't wait to read this book.Congratulations Charles on your achievement.

Marcie Caudell, Author

Charles Copeland said...

LIGHTERS! HA! =)

It's always been my experience that one can never have too many lighters. Well, yes you can. If you filled your house with a million lighters, how would you ever be able to get to the kitchen?

But you'd never have to worry about sounding like a moron when you do your radio show and spend 96% of it trying to light a single cigarette. LOL!

To Yvonne, the comparison to Orwell is something I get on a regular basis nowadays. It's almost tragic in that because I'm able to convey the real life horrors all around us I'm also able to shield people from seeing them on a personal basis, I'm somehow insulating them from having to respond. There are times when I regret having written that book in a fictional sense. A non-fiction equivalent is on its way, due for birth and release this spring. And that's how I intend to make up for the novel. =)

The World Champion said...

That was an interesting interview, with a really, really interesting dude... He's a nut, but who cares... He's one of the good guys...

ani said...

A must read! The NWO is a real life horror story!

Crystal Adkins said...

First off, thank you again Charles aka Charlie for the interview and sending new people my way! Now on to you guys that posted, Thank you so much for helping me get my site up and running!!! You have no idea how much that means to me! A million thanks from the bottom of my heart!
RE: Lighters...LOL you can never have too many, and in the instance that you do, put them in a garbage bag and bury them...not too much space wasted LOL :)

Anonymous said...

Crystal,

Thank you for introducing yet another fascinating writer. I would have never found him if it wasnt't for you. I am hoping you have a review of his book, or will have one soon. He seems to definetly deserve a read.

Hugs,
Besa

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi Besa, yes I do have a review of his book posted on my www.bookreviewsbycrystal.blogspot.com Thank you so much for the comment love!

Charles Copeland said...

The interview seems to have become something of a hit for ya kiddo! =)

My sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to comment. You all ROCK!!! ;)

Be well,

Charlie

Crystal Adkins said...

Yeah Charlie we all had a good time! Feel free to pop back in anytime!