WELCOME TO MY WORLD!
THE DARKEST LIES is Barbara’s first novel with Bookouture. It is published on 12 May 2017, but is available for pre-order NOW at the special price of just 99p. To find out more about The Darkest Lies, click here.
Her self-published debut novel, INVISIBLE, went on sale in 2014, and became an Amazon Top Ten Kindle Murder best seller. It’s about a woman trapped in a controlling marriage, who suddenly becomes an unseen victim of crime – and the most hated woman in Britain. Bella magazine said of it: “Totally gripping and scarily believable characters. One of the most assured debuts of the year.”
Barbara’s second self-published novel, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, has been even more successful, charting as soon as it was released, and reaching Number 3 in Psychological Thrillers. It propelled her to the Top Twenty of the overall Paid For Amazon Kindle Titles.
The terrifyingly realistic tale of a serial killer stalking his victims and killing them in the name of love has gained an army of fans and critical acclaim. “A chillingly drawn serial killer. Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed… Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact,” declared The Sunday Mirror.
Barbara believes her success is thanks to her experience as a national newspaper and magazine journalist. She is inspired by the incredible true stories she has heard, for example the campaign she ran to highlight domestic violence, One Strike and You’re Out, was award-winning.
“I’ve spent over twenty years as a journalist, interviewing real people who have been victims of crime, either directly or through the loss of loved ones,” she says.
“As a result of people bravely and generously sharing their experiences with me, I know a lot about the emotional impact of violence and wrongdoing.
“That’s why my novels are realistic and accurate. They aren’t simply about the criminal act, but the repercussions they have. People like me and you are always at the heart of my thrillers.”
The author is also the book reviewer for Chat’s Inside Crime, a quarterly magazine. “I’ve always been a voracious reader, so I was over the moon when I was asked to review crime fiction for such a brilliant magazine,” says Barbara. All of her reviews can also be found on this site.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
In her spare time, Barbara can be found hiding behind a camera, taking photographs of wildlife.
“I love losing myself behind the lens as it is such a different form of creativity to the written word. Nature and the environment are passions of mine, which was why I started a website called Go be Wild!” she says. “It’s a blog that is so different from my other writing, and is something I’m very proud of.”
Visit Go Be Wild here www.gobewild.co.uk
To find out more about Barbara visit her website www.barbaracopperthwaite.com