N. J. Cooper

An ex-publisher, past Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and lifelong Londoner, N J Cooper writes for a variety of newspapers and journals and contributes to many radio programmes such as Woman's Hour and Saturday Review. As Natasha Cooper, she is the author of, among many others, NO ESCAPE, A GREATER EVIL and A POISONED MIND. In 2002 she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that 'goes to the author whose work has given most pleasure to readers'.

Books by this Author

Vengeance in Mind
Face of the Devil
Lifeblood
No Escape

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Always look behind the mask

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I think that's for others to say. I am most pleased with myself for overcoming fear - well, many of the fears.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The songs I love most are those that remind me of particular moments in my life. If I had to pick only five, they'd probably be: Bob Dylan's 'Lay, Lady, Lady', Edith Piaff's 'Je ne regrette rien', Fascinating Aida's 'Lieder', the old English folk song 'Randal, my son', and Flanders' and Swan's version of Mozart's horn concerto in E.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Too many to choose only one.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Talking too much.

Author Voices

July 01, 2010

THE STORY BEHIND LIFEBLOOD

Writers should never look to their novels for therapy. You have to write out of your own experience, but if you try to recreate that experience on the page you'll fail. What is real becomes flat and laboured when it's turned into a novel. Instead you have to squish your own past and emotions through a kind of imaginative sieve before you can use them in fiction.

But there's no doubt that the state of any writer's emotional life is crucial to the work. I've known crimewriters who have produced their finest novels out of anger or a terrible sadness. For me, change in the way I write has come out of a... see more

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