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  • Barbara Copperthwaite


“Not letting the pace flag is something I try to keep in mind when I’m writing.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

This week: B.A. Paris

Tell us about yourself…


I was born in England and moved to France when I was twenty-one, where I’ve been living ever since. I worked in Finance for some years but stopped working when my first daughter was born and became a stay-at-home mum. Twelve years ago, when my youngest daughter – I have five – started school, I re-trained as a teacher and now teach Business English in companies in and around Paris. I’d always wanted to write but it was only eight years ago that I finally managed to grab a bit of time for myself.

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

I pick names that I like (even for evil characters like Jack in Behind Closed Doors) but never of people I know, except for maybe a lesser character, or because there is a special meaning behind it. For example, in my second novel… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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