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Nikki Copleston is a crime writer who was the granddaughter of a policeman and feels she has an affinity with the force. She is conscientious about her work - she writes every day and when not in front of her computer, her mind revolves around her plot. But she has found that she has also to be active in marketing her book, even if raising her literary profile means taking a few risks. 'Natural modesty is not much use to a writer,' she says. So she now has a blog, a Facebook page, and has developed a crime-writers’ workshop for beginners.

Her advice to new writers is to Read, Read, Read! ‘You learn from good writers, become analytical. You also learn not to be too precious about your own words and characters. If they don’t serve the plot, get rid of them!’

Nikki is a trustee of Frome Writers' Collective, a member of the Frome Small Publishers' Fair group and a member of West of England Authors group.

Read her blog at at https://nikkicopleston.com/

Nikki Copleston

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