Cooper West is the nom de plume of a cisgendered, bisexual single older woman who wears a lot of black for both personal and fashionable reasons. She’s a GenX-er who quietly misses the grunge scene and 90s shoe styles, but whose favorite Pandora station plays Hozier, Fall Out Boy, Phoenix, and ZZ Ward – although she listens to a lot of Nightmares on Wax while writing. Emerging from a youth of tragedy, complacency, and mindless escapism, Cooper West writes stories that reflect her own personal growth.
While going back in middles age (and after long-winded divorce) to get a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, she jumped “out from fanfic” and wrote original stories about original characters, hoping that someone, somewhere would want to publish them. She was lucky to find a home for her books and now, several years (and a Master’s degree) later, Cooper West is still writing original stories.
Her life goal is to support herself via her writing. In the meantime, she works as an information technology professional in disability services at a large state university in the southern U.S.A.
Cooper West does not work at a library, although she is a librarian. During her studies for her master’s degree, she fell in love with “text technology,” which is the study of how and why text production and dissemination have changed over time. From clay tablets down to the digital age, text has both been a marker of change and also an unchanging constant in the sharing of knowledge. The impact of different text technologies has been profound (think of the changes wrought by the invention of the printing press) and the understanding of how that changes the nature of information itself is a puzzle that Cooper West ponders daily, along with corollary issues such as copyright, artificial intelligence, and language.
She loves Chris Evans from afar and plays a lot of neko atsume, while trying not to be the “librarian sterotype” (she fails). Her role models are Mae West and Auntie Mame.
Cooper is a pacifist, progressive, intersectional feminist, which deeply informs the stories she writes. She writes in a variety of genres (modern romance, fantasy, supernatural, science fiction) in multiple categories (mostly M/M, sometimes poly M/F/M) and different ratings (light romance to hardcore). Her stories sometimes explore kinks and fetishes, but always within the context of a romantic relationship. Her characters experience real-life issues that affect their relationships with everyone around them, no matter what the setting. As difficult as the adversities that Cooper puts her characters through, there is always a happy ending waiting for them, because life is grim-dark enough as it is and Cooper wants to bring some joy into everyone’s lives (characters and readers included).