Seven Ridiculous Questions (plus one) With…. Karina Cooper

I meet uber awesome Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romance author, Karina Cooper at the Romantic Times reader convention in Chicago this year when we were sitting beside each other during the Saturday book signing. The first thing I noticed about Karina was her utterly cool blue hair. How could she not be freaking fabulous with hair such a brilliant shade of electric blue? The second thing I noticed about Karina was how many star-struck fans she had coming up to her table for autographs. By the end of the four hours, I knew Karina was as cool and awesome and fabulous as her hair. Then, when I bumped into her at the airport the next day, and she continued to be cool and awesome and fabulous, I knew it wasn’t just her hair. It was all of her. That coolly awesome fabulousness is evident in her 7RQ answers, which were so excellent I included a spare.

If you don’t know of Karina’s work, I can’t recommend enough you start with Blood of the Wicked. I bought it at RT and couldn’t stop reading.

1/ The Great Speedo Debate. Where do you stand? (i.e., are Speedos sexy or not?)

Speedos? Totally not sexy. Look, here’s my take on it: men are made of angles. By nature, they tend to be less attractive in the nude (to say nothing of the weirdness of testicles, hello, design flaw!) than the feminine, round form. This is why, by and large, I find men in suits, wearing jeans, or otherwise half-clothed far more attractive.

Speedos take away some of the mystique. My men better have mystique! At least until I do the undressing. 😉


2/ You’re having an affair with an historical figure. Who is it and why? 

Veronica Franco, one of the more famous Venetian courtesans in Renaissance Italy. Gasp! A girl? Totally. Veronica was an accomplished writer (score), a feminist before it became a byword (score), a reputed beauty (score), and rather famed at her skills in the bedroom (score!). She’s an all-in-one package, and she’s the featured courtesan in the movie Dangerous Beauty—an amazing film you should watch, if you haven’t yet.

Veronica and I would be either the most amazing pay-to-play couple in the world, or the most destructive. But the way I figure it: whether you’re setting fire to the sheets or to the surroundings, it means nothing if you can’t connect on a deeper level. As a writer, a poet, a fiercely independent woman at a time when women were chattel, and shameless to boot, she’d be the kind of friend and affair that would make modern-day gossip rags run out of ink!


3/ They’re making a movie of your life. What’s the theme song?

99 Problems, specifically the Hugo version.

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You may draw your own conclusions. 😉


4/ If the 10th Doctor, Spock and Bruce Willis were in Saw, who would survive and why?

It depends. Does Bruce Willis have hair? Because if he has no hair, then the man is a juggernaut and can not be stopped. But if he has hair, even a little, the 10th Doctor will win over Spock and Willis—but only by sheer “luck”. Which is to say, some antic, somewhere, would go all wibbly-wobbly and the Doctor would make a choice that puts him in the lead.

Because after all, we all know that no matter how endearing the face, the Doctor can be just as ruthless as any villain, if he needs to be.

Spock? Well, I think we’re long past the point where we attribute any sort of “logic” to the Saw franchise.


5/ When is the most inappropriate time to use the word “fuck”?

When it’s strung together in the same sentence as “your newborn baby”. “Your mom” is even more inappropriate.

Actually, while I’m sure there’s lots of inappropriate places to use it, I have been known to drop it nevertheless.


6/ What’s you favourite swear word?

Fuck! It’s so versatile. Angry, sad, happy, shocked. It’s my stand-by. That said, I’ve developed a love affair with Ryan Reynolds’ use of “cock-juggling thundercunt” in my more passionate outbursts.

 7/ Who do you prefer, Snape or Dumbledore? Both as a Professor and as a lover? (Or if you prefer, Kirk or Picard? Both as a Starfleet captain and lover?)

Snape: you just know that emo boy’s got some dark deeds afoot under all that severe, buttoned-down control.

Picard, because a) Kirk’s seen more lady alien flesh than Casanova’s seen beauties and, ew, alien STD much?; and b) I’m a sucker for quietly dominant men who know the value of a good joke or a good drink.

7a/ You’re having an affair with one of your characters (yes, I realise you’re busy with the historical figure as well *grin*). Who is it, from which book and why?

Phin Clarke, from Lure of the Wicked. I’ve made no secret of my love for him! Phin is what I call my “alpha-beta”. He’s just metro and polished enough, just sensitive enough, to let me be as publically wild and loud and inappropriate as I want, but when he needs to step up, there is nothing and no one that gets in his way. He knows a woman’s body like nobody’s business (a total win!), he’s rich, he’s understanding (but only to a point), and he’s tall, dark-haired and lean. Just like I like ‘em!

All Things Wicked, the latest book in the Dark Mission series was released January this year. Seriously, if paranormal romance is your thing (and you’re here on my blog, so I’m guessing it is for some of you *grin*) this is the series for you. Get it. Read it. You won’t be sorry, I promise :)

Juliet Carpenter thought of the coven as family, but when she falls for a man who betrays them all, she’s left alone and desperately searching for a reason why. Caleb Leigh has spent the past year in hiding, unable to escape his demons. When Juliet finds him again, her need for vengeance clashes with the hunger still burning between them.

It’s a fight born from the embers of a half-forgotten attraction and the wounds of a past too raw to ignore. With enemies circling and secrets threatening to consume them, Caleb has no choice but to fulfill a promise made long ago—protect her, save her. Even if it costs him his blood, his body…and what’s left of his mind.

You can find out more about Karina on her website, follow her on Twitter or stalk her on Facebook (well, don’t “stalk her” stalk her, just be her friend. Ahh, you know what I mean)


  1. KittyKelly says:

    I also met Karina at RT. Lexxie you probably don’t know this but she was Eden Bradley’s roommate. I too first fell in love with her hair and then she was just too damn funny to resist. Karina you are so fucking funny and sweet and had some pretty awesome shoes that I could never dream of wearing lol. I now have three of your books and a lot of catching up to do!! :) I also have some I need to give away!! Off to do a blog post about you!!!


  2. Dawn says:

    I got one of these at RT and I can’t wait to start reading it!! It was great to meet Karina at RT she is so warm, friendly, and absolutely adorable!!

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