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  • Barbara Copperthwaite


“If I’d given up after writing the first draft of the first book, I wouldn’t be now writing my twelfth novel.”

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…

Mel - Sentinel

I write gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. My inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. I also write contemporary fiction under the name of Marcie Steele.

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

Names of characters don’t have any special meaning to me. I have to choose my names according to the type of characters and class that I choose to write about. So I usually go through the local newspaper, and often births, deaths and marriages to find names. I have to have the right name before I can write a character, as well as a surname that fits the first name. I also have a… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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