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About Astrid

Dare to be different! Astrid's motto has taken her life and career in many exciting directions: she has met Hollywood stars and a movie producer, internationally acclaimed authors, an Apollo astronaut. But how did she get started?

Star Trek is to blame!

It was 1965. The first touch of 'weird' entered my life.

In 1976, Trek-dom introduced me to mainstream s.f./fantasy fandom and I wrote fan fic, and original works, allowing people to read my writing for the first time. As a person who prefers to become involved, rather than an observer, my frantic fan-years saw me running conventions, writing and/or acting in numerous s.f. plays, publishing over 100 fanzines and co-ordinating several 'fan' clubs: StarTrek, and Darkover. I also joined the S.C.A. and enjoy costuming and all things historical to the present day.

But I was fascinated by the fantastic long before Trek came along and for that I must 'blame' my parents. They told me stories about magical dolphins and fairies and every Friday night we went to the local library. I am forever thankful that we didn't own a tv set until I was 8 years old and that my family were avid readers. Books were everywhere in my childhood and I have a library in my home that flows into just about every room in the house.

I digress. Where was I? Ah yes, the early days.

Though now I don't recall how I came across them, the 'Magic Faraway Tree' books by Enid Blyton became my favourites.

As a young adult I read The Lord of the Rings and this book was a turning point in my reading and writing tastes. Then I discovered the books of the women writers: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin. What fantastic stories they wove and what fascinating worlds and characters they introduced! Characters: 'real' people - not just bug-eyed monsters being zapped by ray guns or sword-wielding, muscle bound hunks with the love 'em and leave 'em attitude towards the females they encountered on their magical quests.

Now, I indulge my penchant for the exotic and my published works range from spec. fic., to fantasy/paranormal sensual romance. I also write non fiction (writing related topics and historical treatises - Richard III, medieval and theatrical costuming, King Arthur - fact or fiction: the list goes on!)

The gallery link shows photos of various aspects of my life: from book launches that I organize -- chocolates and champagne are always evident, as well as special themed entertainment. The launch of Crystal Dreams saw guests donning tartan, with a Scottish piper entertaining all.

I live in rural South Australia on a 2.5 acre property that I planted with over 1,000 native trees, shrubs and an 'unknown' number of exotics. My interest is permaculture/self-sufficiency and I have a vegie patch, fruit and nut orchards, everything organic. I share my home with a menagerie of rescued (some formerly abused) animals and after many requests, I am now writing a book about my animal shelter.

I am fascinated by the process of writing and I present how-to-write workshops at national and local writing conferences.

You ask: What am I working on at the moment? Please visit my 'books' link.

I am also an Associate Editor with The Specusphere- an on-line magazine for readers and writers of "speculative fiction". Visit: http://www.specusphere.com/joomla.

And I now freelance as an editor/manuscript assessor for one of Australia's top Agencies, plus I also am available for private commissions to edit and assess manuscripts for authors. KopperKat Productions.

After many requests from authors and attendees at my workshops, I am now writing a non-fiction writer's manual which I plan to publish later this year.

I love to hear from readers, so please do not hesitate to email me. I will reply to any mail I receive (though it may take me some days to respond due to writing commitments).

Enjoy your visit to my worlds!

Best wishes,
Astrid Cooper.


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