About Andrew Scott Cooper
Q. Previous occupations
A. Waiter, gardener, sandwich maker, human rights investigator, university administrator, research consultant, and too many temp jobs to mention.
Q. Favorite job
A. Researching and writing THE OIL KINGS, though it never felt like a "job."
Q. High school and/or college
A. I studied my BA (Honors) in history at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand (1991). My first masters degree was in journalism at Columbia University (1994), and my second masters was in strategic studies at the University of Aberdeen (2008).
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. One of my favorite musical artists is French singer Patricia Kaas.
Q. Favorite movie
A. A tie between David Lean's DR. ZHIVAGO and Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW..
Q. Favorite television show
A. Upstairs Downstairs.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Adventurous and curious
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Follow your interests.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Researching and writing history in a warm climate.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Not being able to research and write history in a warm climate.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In Europe, preferably in the Mediterranean.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Rebels and romantic failures.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Mikhail Gorbachev.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having started sooner.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Researching and writing THE OIL KINGS.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Worrying too much about everything.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Knowing I'm wrong and then admitting it.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. A popular historian.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Intellectual restlessness.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Philip Marlowe.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Bill Sikes.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. To Napoleon: "Have you packed your winter boots?"
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. The lack of gluten-free food options.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Foreign correspondent in 1930s Europe.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. An open mind, kind heart and adventurous spirit.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. If it's gluten-free I'll eat it!
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. In no particular order: Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Armistead Maupin, Charles Dickens, James Baldwin, John Galsworthy, Paul Monette, Gore Vidal, Barbara Tuchman, Robert Massie, Philip Roth, Robert Graves, William Styron.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. These are 5 favorites I've enjoyed and highly recommend: NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA (Robert Massie), THE FORSYTE SAGA (John Galsworthy), GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (James Baldwin), SOPHIE'S CHOICE (William Styron), GOODBYE COLUMBUS (Philip Roth).
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Any of the above mentioned authors and books are well worth re-reading.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Don't start writing until you are ready. Once you start writing, don't stop.