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  • Barbara Copperthwaite


“If you’re a writer, you can be lying in bed with your eyes shut and still be working.”

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: TOM BALE

Tell us about yourself…

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I live in Brighton with my wife and family. I’ve been a full time writer for a few years now, and before that I had a variety of jobs as well as a spell as a househusband with very young children. Writing was in my blood from an early age, and after years of collecting rejection slips I had my first novel, SINS OF THE FATHER, published in 2006. With my next book, SKIN AND BONES, I acquired a pseudonym and signed a deal that enabled me to write full time.

How do you go about plotting your book?

My approach varies from book to book, depending on the complexity of the story, as well as the length of the gestation period. If I’ve been contemplating an idea for months or even years, I’ll probably have built up a fairly thick sheaf of notes, with character bios and…TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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