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N. A. Cooper

I grew up in a small village enjoying the great outdoors, long walks in the countryside with my family and building dens in the woods. I have always enjoyed reading and writing, a passion which grew with age.  

I studied Psychology and Criminology at University before going on to obtain a Master's. 

I'm a keen marathon runner and swimmer and like to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Ripple Effect is her debut book published with Bloodhound Books. 

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Hi! My name is Natalie and my debut novel, Ripple Effect, is due out on the 31st January. Split between two timelines, the book tells the story of Erin and the consequences of a long-ago illicit affair. Fifteen years ago, teenage Erin had an affair with her teacher that led to tragedy. Today, she’s a married woman who keeps to herself and stays close to home, still scarred by the experience. When she’s attacked while running in the park, Erin doesn’t tell her husband—but she does confide in Nick, the man who came to her rescue. Then letters start to arrive, making references to her past and leaving her even more unnerved. When a neighbour reports that someone’s been watching her house, Erin’s world starts to crumble. Erin has worked hard to distance herself from her past. But her life may be in mortal danger, and as she’s plunged back into trauma, she might finally learn the truth about what really happened all those years ago . . .

You can pre-order Ripple Effect here –


Are you working on something new?

I have a couple of ideas at the moment which are at different stages of completion. One is a thriller with a supernatural edge and the other is a post-apocalyptic novel.

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Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens.

I love everything about this book. Kya is such a brilliant and memorable main character, one that felt so real I would often find myself thinking about her long after reading. There is such beauty in Owen’s words and in her descriptions of the swamplands of North Carolina. It’s one of the few books that I have read more than once.

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – J.K.Rowling.

It’s really hard to pick my favourite Harry Potter book – I love the whole series! Every time I read it I am reminded of my childhood and the magic I felt when immersed in the wizarding world. The series was released when I was 14 and sparked my love of books, so for that I will always be thankful.


I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes.

My favourite espionage/spy thriller.

An extraordinarily intense read that had me up until the early hours.


The Last Thing To Burn – Will Dean.

This is such a fast paced book that gripped me from the first page. I finished it in a day then regretted not making it last! 

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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini.

I was worried that A Thousand Splendid Suns couldn’t possibly live up to the brilliance of The Kite Runner but I needn’t have worried; it’s an emotional read, one that will stay with me for a long time.

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Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer.

This is one of my all-time favourite reads. I was captivated by the parallel storylines and the characters; I spent several days missing them when I had finished!

Which disc will you take to the Island?

The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice. This song is special to me because it’s the song my husband and I chose for the first dance at our wedding.

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What will be your luxury item?
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A family photo – cliché but true!

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Which fictional character will you meet? 

I think I would have to choose Robert Hunter from the Chris Carter series; he’s such a complex, charismatic and interesting character. I always find myself picking up the latest book in the series because of him.  

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Thank You Natalie

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