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
No Escape

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Always look behind the mask

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Long thin thighs.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. The three most important human qualities are kindness, intelligence and honesty.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is being at work, with writing going well, on a beautiful day, knowing that beloved friends are on their way to lunch in the garden, with lovely food ready and delectable white wine chilling in the fridge.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd love to meet Richard III and say: 'Did you do it? Did you kill your nephews, the Princes in the Tower?'

Author Voices

July 01, 2010


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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