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Nigel Cooper was born in England, UK. He grew up in the Lake District, but later moved down south to London.
Nigel wouldn’t really want to work for any company that would employ him, he has been self-employed for most of his working life as a: photographer, classical pianist, private investigator, video producer, magazine founder/editor, columnist and journalist.
In his early years Nigel also had several inconsequential jobs including: working as a stretch limousine driver, a chauffeur and a one-man bus driver/operator for London Transport – he still has his PSV (Public Service Vehicle) licence, badge and pass to prove it.
While in the employment of another company he actually got fired for being too efficient at what he did; piece-work at a belt factory in Queens Crescent, North London. It upset the other factory workers that he was earning three times as much money as they were. The boss (sad as it made him) had to let Nigel go due to the unrest and tension it caused on the factory floor.
Of the menial jobs where Nigel was employed, they never lasted more than nine months; at least his boredom threshold didn’t. Working as a commis chef, a bus driver and a salesman, all ended after nine months, or slightly premature to this. The fact that these jobs lasted the term of a pregnancy is purely coincidental.
His shortest term of employment lasted only three hours; his personal best record. This was during his first ever job as an apprentice barber in Swiss Cottage, North London. Three hours of sweeping up hair, refilling shampoo bottles and cleaning sinks was all he could take – he left at lunchtime. This record was followed closely by his brief spell as a secondary school teacher, which lasted just two days.
Later, he got serious and studied screenwriting in London where he learned the art and craft of creative writing for film and television. In 1999 he set up his own video production company specialising in corporate video – he also undertook television work as a freelance lighting cameraman. Then in 2004 he became the founder/editor of a specialist television/broadcast video production magazine. Although it was hugely successful, he sold the magazine in November 2011 in order to focus on writing fiction.
In 2001 Nigel completed a 1-year intensive study course – attaining a diploma – in Private Investigation. He worked as a freelance private investigator working with two local solicitor firms in Cambridgeshire. Today, this knowledge and experience comes in handy with his crime writing.
Nigel has had many years' experience as a writer of technical articles, tutorials, stories, reviews, news and journalism, not only for his own magazine, but also for many other well known publications, magazines and newspapers. It was during these years as a writer/magazine editor that he found his 'voice' which made his transition to becoming a novelist an easy one.
In 2011 Nigel had an overwhelming desire to move into fiction writing so he set about researching his debut novel in the dark romance vampire genre. This desire had been smouldering inside him for a few years. Having seen various classic vampire movies in the past, he decided to write a vampire story that he himself would want to read – something organic and tangible. After extensive research and planning Nigel completed his debut novel, Email From A Vampire, which was published in July 2012.
After more research and writing during 2013 he completed his second novel, Sophia – a psychological thriller. Sophia was published in January 2014.
In 2014 (after a friend suggested it) Nigel also wrote his harrowing and disturbing autobiographical childhood memoir entitled Boy. A compelling, gripping, and powerfully written true story. Boy was published in August 2015 by Ebury, Penguin Random House.
He has since written a supernatural thriller entitled S.U.N.D.S. and a gripping crime thriller entitled The Sound Of Crying.
Nigel writes across a diverse range of genres including: contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers, crime and supernatural.
In his spare time Nigel enjoys playing the piano. He studied classical music, first with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, then with Trinity College Of Music, London, where he attained a Performance Certificate in classical piano and became an accomplished classical pianist. He loves nothing more that to sit and play Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Nocturnes when he isn't writing. He also enjoys photography, swimming and badminton, loitering in coffee shops and eating out. He's a huge movie fan and can often be found browsing in Fopps music shop in Cambridge. He's also an animal lover, especially Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and small affectionate toy dog breeds.
Nigel lives and writes in Cambridgeshire, UK.