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November 2015

UNIQUE PRIZE! Win a character with YOUR name!

So here’s a question: who’d like to be in my next book?
If the answer is YOU, then read on…

I’m giving away a very special Christmas present. Three lucky people will have characters named after them in my next novel. They might be a baddie, or a nosy neighbour, they might even be bumped off, who can say, but they could have YOUR name.

To be in with a chance of winning this unique prize, all you have to do is take part in my Christmas countdown search. Every day for a fortnight I’ll be hiding a Christmas-related number in a post on this blog, or somewhere over on my website www.barbaracopperthwaite.com All you have to do to enter is email me that days’s number (e.g., I might randomly mention seeing ‘seven swans aswimming’, so the answer would be 7) at invisibleauthor@outlook.com

You can enter as many times as you like. Obviously, the more days you take part, the more entries you’ll accrue – so the greater your chance of winning!

I’ll also be running similar competitions across Twitter (you can follow me @BCopperthwait) and my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Author BarbaraCopperthwaite) and you’re free to enter those as many times as you like, too.

Over on Facebook, every day for a fortnight I’ll be posting a fun, easy question based either on Christmas, me, or my books. Just ‘like’ the post and leave your (correct!) answer in the comments section, and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. 

Over at Twitter, you simply have to retweet me using the hashtag #FlowersForTheDead. Each retweet is an entry and, again, you can enter as often as you want.

Good luck to everyone! 

* The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.

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Interview with Barbara Copperthwaite

This is a lovely interview I’ve done on the fabulous ‘A Lover Of Books’ site.

A Lover of Books

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Barbara Copperthwaite is a bestselling author of psychological crime fiction. Her debut, INVISIBLE, went on sale last year and became an Amazon Top Ten best seller in the UK. FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD has been equally successful, charting as soon as it was released.

Barbara kindly agreed to being interviewed for my blog.

Can you tell me a bit about your latest book please?

Flowers For The Dead is a psychological crime thriller where the killer is as much a victim as the women he murders. Adam is a man who will do anything to make the woman he loves happy – even kill her.

The plot follows him in the present, as he stalks his latest victim, making her wonder if she is losing her mind; and in flashbacks explains how an innocent child was so tragically warped that he became the serial killer he is today.

His latest…

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A piece of cake?

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Will giving a talk be a piece of cake?

I’m a writer. That means that my eloquence is at its best when I am alone, have lots of time to think, and am typing out my thoughts – in other words, not when I’m expected to speak in a room full of people. But, that’s exactly what I will be doing on Thursday, when I pop in to the Thursday Night Book Club held at Mim’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, in Bridgetown, Cannock.

I’ll be chatting about my journey as an author, how a pint of milk inspired one of my bestsellers, and scaring everyone with an extract of my latest psychological crime thriller.

This is my first face-to-face reading and Q&A session, so I’ll admit to being a bit nervous. My dog thinks I’ve gone mad, as I sit practising reading aloud, and selfishly disturbing her ‘lying on her back with all four legs in the air’ time. I think she’s just about forgiven me, though.

Joking aside, it’s a very exciting time, and feels like another step on my journey to becoming an established author. The people I’ve ‘met’ through social media while promoting my book have been so wonderful, warm and welcoming, and it will be great to meet some of them in the flesh.

Still, if any of you have any advice regarding events such as these, then I’m all ears. And if you’re in the Cannock area, do drop in! Even if the speaker is rubbish(!) I’ve heard the cake in the cafe is exceedingly good!

Reviews & news

As Flowers For The Dead enters its ninth week on general publication, it also celebrates the start of its ninth week as a best seller. And with each passing week, the psychological crime thriller gains more fans – and more praise from critics, too.

Postcard Reviews gave it five stars, and says: “WOW Flowers for the Dead is one of the most terrifying novels you will ever read.

“This book is gritty and is a certain chiller for fans of this genre. It is one I highly recommend and one I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Beady Jan’s Books is even more full of praise, saying the tale moved her to tears. After giving it a resounding thumbs up, Jan concludes that she “loved this book”.

“[Flowers For The Dead is] the most perfectly horrific, moving and twisted story one could possibly imagine, done with the most impeccable panache by talented author Barbara Copperthwaite. Bravo!” she writes.

Flowers For The Dead is currently Number 36, 37, and 40 in Psychological Thrillers; Psychological Fiction; and Murder. So go on, check it out, and see what all the fuss is about!

Read the reviews in full:

Postcard Reviews

Beady Jan’s Books

In other review news, I’ve been busy taking a break from reading crime fiction, and reviewing  Before The Fall, by Juliet West. It’s a compelling tale of love, poverty and yearning, and I thoroughly recommend it. To read my review in full, click here

Before The Fall, Juliet West, review by Barbara Copperthwaite

Lessons in loss

The new book is starting to just take shape. If I were modelling clay, I would say I am at the stage where it has been thrown – a wet, soggy mess – onto the potter’s wheel, and I am just running my hands tentatively over it, trying to decide exactly what form it will take. It will be a while before it resembles anything beautiful.
I have been honoured to have some beautiful experiences shared with me, though, in the name of research. I’m not giving away any spoilers to let you know that my new book starts with the main character struggling to come to terms with the death of her child. Keen to explore the reality of this, the unimaginable impact it has, how on earth people start to recover from such loss, and the toll it can take on relationships, I’ve been talking to people who have experienced it for real. I’m stunned and humbled by their bravery and raw honesty, and overwhelmed that, as well as the pain, they have shared some precious and beautiful memories of happier times.
Loss seems to have been the theme of the week for so many other people, too. On Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, we remembered the fallen. Then on Friday 13th there was the terrible loss of life in Paris. So today I’m wishing you not just a happy week, but a peace-filled one. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be hugging my loved ones that little bit tighter, and thanking my lucky stars we are together.

The X Factor…

This week a reviewer made me cry. And loads of Facebook followers who had bought my book told me exactly what they thought of my writing… Eek!

Let me start by saying that since Flowers For The Dead was published 47 days ago (yes, like a teenager in a new relationship, I’m still at the stage where I’m counting days. Hell, I even celebrated my one-month ‘anniversary’) life has been a little crazy. It instantly became a bestseller – and it hasn’t moved off Amazon’s charts since. If you want more details on this, head to the news sections of my website, where there are lovely pictures of me at Number One, etc, in ‘Flowers For The Dead Hits New Heights’.

This is all great. It means that lots of people are buying my book – but the real test is, of course, whether or not they actually enjoy it once they start reading.

Now comes the bit where I tell you about the tears…

First, I got notified a blogger had posted her review of Flowers For The Dead on the website. Anne Williams runs Being Anne, an incredibly popular book blog that is very well respected. She is also one of Amazon’s top 500 reviewers, so her views influence a lot of people.

She started by saying that she’d taken a gamble agreeing to review my book because she knew nothing about my writing. This is very true. As I read that sentence, my heart thumped in fear and also sympathy. Every time I approach a critic to ask them if they would consider reviewing my book, I’m taking a massive gamble too, because there is as much chance that they will hate it as love it. So what had Anne made of my novel?

“There’s a small number of books that – in my eyes – set the standard for what I expect when I read a thriller…Barbara Copperthwaite’s Flowers For The Dead more than deserves to be included in that company – I found it mesmerising, terrifying, intriguing, very unsettling, totally compulsive and a fantastic read,” she wrote.

Well, that was it, my eyes were swimming. Anne had compared me with wonderful writers Elizabeth Haynes, and Elisabeth Forbes, and said I was as good as them. I was floored by the compliment.

Every time someone reads my book, I get The Fear. A deep and abiding conviction that they are going to hate it and tear it to shreds. That they will find out I am a fake and a phoney pretending to be a decent writer. That I am the author equivalent of the tone deaf person on X Factor who insists that they have what it takes to be a star.

To be told that I’m good enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with some truly wonderful writers… Ironically, I can’t find the words to describe my elation.

The praise went on, though. And yes, I’m going to quote it because I’m still giddy.

“Barbara Copperthwaite writes quite beautifully – the words flow easily and the pages turn, and she makes the chilling and dark, the absurd and horrific, into easy reading. That’s quite a skill,” she wrote.

Finally, she delivered the knock out blow. “This is, without a moment’s hesitation, one of my books of the year.”

Woo-hoo! I was someone’s book of the year!

I felt like I was flying. Still, I forced myself to do some more writing, but then I decided to check my Facebook page. And I’d got some comments from readers who had bought my book.

Uh-oh. Time for more tears.

“Best book I’ve read in ages” “Un-put-downable” “Brilliant book, really creepy” So many messages from so many people. They had not just taken the time to buy my book and read it, they’d been moved to let me know how much they’d enjoyed it.

All thoughts of being able to settle down and write went out of the window, I’m afraid. I was far too excited for that, and had to go for a walk to calm down. Even then, I couldn’t wipe the huge grin off my face.

I’ve taken a photograph of all those lovely comments, so that I can keep them forever. And next time I’m feeling low, and wondering what the heck I am doing, and whether or not I’m wasting my time as a writer and should get myself a proper job instead, I shall look through those words and find inspiration in them.

Thank you to every single person who made me cry. You are stars, and without you, I couldn’t keep going. Never underestimate your power.

  • Anne’s review can be read in full here
Facebook fans praise bestseller Flowers For The Dead, by Barbara Copperthwaite
Wonderful words from my readers

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