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  • Barbara Copperthwaite


“Sometimes a scene seems very important to invent. It’s as if it won’t be silenced.”

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.


Tell us about yourself…

I live in Brighton, UK, and now write full-time.

13 Oct 2014 Author pic

I worked as a television producer for fifteen years, then became Deputy Director of the British Film Institute followed by seven years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

My debut novel, THE LIE OF YOU, was published by Head of Zeus in January 2014, and my second AFTER THE STORM in January 2015. My third book WOMAN OF THE HOUR will be out in July 2016.

I love to hear from readers and you can find me on Twitter and Facebook (see links at the bottom of this page).

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

I’m actually picky about names. I decide how old a character is. I then look at the 100 most popular baby names the year my character was ‘born’. I read through these lists again and again until the right name leaps out at me. Dickens said he could not write a character until he had the right name and he had a point… TO READ INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE.

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