Jasper Cooper is the author of the trilogy 'The Kingdom of Gems', which includes the Amazon best-seller 'Candara's Gift'. He is currently working on a new book, 'Gordo', which will be available in autumn 2012.
Jasper was born in Bournemouth on 20th January 1953 and grew up there. He inherited the family love of tennis. From an early age he threw his energy into playing tennis whenever possible because he enjoyed it so much. He had significant success Nationally both as a junior and as a senior. At 18 he played professional tennis for several years winning many British tournaments and was ranked 20th in GB in 1976. He won the British Under 21 Mixed Doubles title.
In his mid-twenties he became a professional coach in both tennis and squash.
At 33, he began a degree in art and religious studies as a mature student at Canterbury Christ Church University. After graduating, he became a teacher and during this time he began to write.
"Becoming an author was a surprise to me. I never intended it... it just happened. Writing stories was the natural extension of making up bedtime stories for my children. First I told them the original Kingdom of Gems story in 10 minutes. They kept asking for it and so one evening I decided to write it down and expected to complete it in one go. I started writing and then read the first page to them before they went to sleep. The next night I did the same. As the days went by I found that the story was growing longer and longer.
Next I painted the kingdom in oils and then drew two maps of the kingdoms in the story, but it was then left on a shelf for 10 years. One day, one of the parents of the children who had read and enjoyed it asked what had happened to it. I got it down off the shelf and read it through. I decided to try to publish it but knew it would need a lot of work. Over the next three years I worked very hard on it... developing the story, improving the writing, introducing new characters, creating another map and illustrations, etc."
'The Kingdom of Gems' became a trilogy of which 'Candara's Gift' is the first book. Jasper has illustrated the book himself with his own unique style. It reached No. 1 on the Amazon Bestseller on its release in June 2006. Since then it has been stocked by Waterstones throughout the UK and is selling well. There has been significant film interest in the trilogy which is being handled by Creative Artists Agency, the biggest and most powerful agency in the world.
Jasper now regularly gives presentations and workshops in schools throughout the country and his new book, 'Gordo', will be available in autumn 2012.