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DAY 5 GIVEAWAY! Today on BLOOD TYPE is…Barbara Copperthwaite! #writingtips #amwriting #writers

BLOOD TYPE

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

‘It’s great fun watching my simple idea become more complex and twisted as I write.’

This week, as part of my 12-day competition, I’ve turned the tables and interviewed myself!

Tell us about yourself…

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I always find this question the hardest to answer because I never know what to say! But here goes… I’m a cake-obsessed, nature-loving, bestselling author of psychological thrillers.

I love trying to get under the skin of unlikeable characters, or working out how someone can be pushed to the edge (and often over) in my books.

In my spare time, when not being press-ganged into throwing tennis balls by my dog, Scamp, I can generally be found hiding behind a camera taking wildlife pictures. I love sketching, too.


How do you go about plotting your book?



I can state categorically that I’m not a plotter. Every single time I’ve tried to pre-plot, it’s ended in disaster. For me, it takes all the fun away, and I find it stressful trying to adhere to a plan.

Instead, I tend to have a vague idea, along with a theme that will overarch the whole story. As I develop the idea, fleshing it out in my mind, I write down random scenes that come to me. Often, they turn out to be key parts of the book, but at that point I’ve no idea where they will appear – or even if they will!… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE 

(NB – TODAY YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINK AND READ THE POST IN FULL ON MY WEBSITE IN ORDER TO FIND THE REFERENCE FOR THE COMPETITION. THEN COME BACK TO THIS POST AND LET ME KNOW THE ANSWER)

October-comps

GIVEAWAY! How to enter

From 19 November until 30 November inclusive, my posts on this blog will contain a festive reference. Find it, and then either comment on the post or email InvisibleAuthor@outlook.com Every person who answers correctly will be entered into a prize draw. The competition closes on Thursday 7 December. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 8 December.

So, can you find today’s Christmas reference in this post? Let me know! (NB – TODAY YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINK AND READ THE POST IN FULL ON MY WEBSITE IN ORDER TO FIND THE REFERENCE. THEN COME BACK TO THIS POST AND LET ME KNOW THE ANSWER)

What am I giving away?

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

THREE lucky winners will receive a SIGNED COPY of The Darkest Lies and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of Flowers For The Dead and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

TWO lucky winners will receive an audio book of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while listening.

ONE very lucky winner will have a CHARACTER NAMED AFTER THEM in my next book. *

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

As well as this competition, check out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and my website for more ways to enter over the next 12 days. You can enter as many times as you want!

* Please note that the character will have your name but will not be based in any way upon you or any person living or dead. They may be a good person or a bad person – they could even be a killer. So be prepared! The part they play may be large or small. Entry into the competition is taken as agreement to these conditions. Thank you.

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