Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Copping it Sweet by Anna Clifton - Interview, Book review & Giveaway

 About Anna Clifton


Anna Clifton is a lawyer by trade and a mother to several children and a couple of cats. Her husband is not quite sure how her compulsive writing squeezes itself into the family schedule, but knows better than to stand in the way of the woman he loves on a mission. Anna lives in Sydney but escapes with her family as often as possible to Far North Queensland where she loves to sit with a glass of wine and watch her husband do the thing she dreads doing most — cooking!

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Interview

with Anna Clifton

1. Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in a big family on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It was idyllic, running wild with the local kids as few kids seem able to do now. Looking back, I really appreciate the incredible sense of freedom I experienced growing up. Maybe that's why I became a lawyer (despite appearances, lawyers are more or less responsible for preserving our civil liberties). It's might also be why the theme of love as a liberating force runs through each and every one of my books, written amongst the rough and tumble of a busy family life with my husband and three children.

2. On your website it says you have had lots of other jobs before you became a writer. Which job, besides writing, did you like the most and why?

I enjoyed being a lawyer for many years, but I have very fond memories of working as a waitress in a restaurant near to where I lived when I was at university. The restaurant was surrounded by beautiful beachside parklands and the people I worked with were from all walks of life and great fun to spend time with. The restaurant was nearly always busy and I found the camaraderie of working with such a close knit team a huge buzz.

3. Your family life sounds like a busy one. What does a typical day look like for you?

I guess because I wear a few 'hats' I rarely have a day that feels typical. As well as writing fiction, on most days I will also be reviewing social policy for an organisation I volunteer for. On other days I teach English to a gorgeous group of African women. I also spend as much time as I can chin-wagging with my teenage children and at night, my husband and I love to collapse in front of the TV and commentate on whatever we're watching, like a pair of Gogglebox heads.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you are living now, where would that be (and why)?

I really like my hometown, Sydney, especially its multiculturalism, its beaches, its weather, and its amazing food culture. But if I had to choose somewhere else to live I think it would be London (which is probably why it features in my third book, 'Adam's Boys'). I love the self-deprecating humour of the British, their passion for history, their impeccable manners, their irrepressible eccentricity. I think I would even be prepared to put up with the English weather to be a Londoner!

5. Can you tell us about your hobbies?

I wish I had an impressive list to share with you, but I don't. I do love to run though, and it's not just for the fitness. Jogging helps me to sort out my thoughts, plot out a new story, solve personal problems, and jettison a grumpy mood. The other thing I love about running is that all I need is a pair of running shoes and I can do it anywhere in the world at any time of day. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses - jogging is a fabulous way to get to know a new town and its locals.

6. What is your favorite holiday and why?

I have a very low boredom threshold so resorts don't really work for me. I need to get out and see something new every day. Having said that, I hate rushing from destination to destination. My ideal holiday is having a 'home base' somewhere and taking lots of day trips round and about.

7. If you were able to question another author about anything, dead or alive,
who would that be and what would you ask?


I think I would ask Jane Austen whether she was ever in love and if so, which of her male characters most closely resembled him.

8. You are a contemporary romance author of emotional, family-driven love stories. Are you an emotional person yourself?

I feel things deeply, but I wouldn't say I'm emotional in a roller-coaster way. As an author though, I do love to write about intensely emotional situations. I particularly love to put two ordinary people into an emotional-flashpoint stage of their lives and then see what happens.

9. I love the fact that you also review books yourself. What is your current favorite book you have read in 2016?

My favourite contemporary author is Kate Atkinson. Not only is she an exceptionally gifted prose writer, her plot twists and turns and her vivid characters draw me in until I can't think of anything else but how quickly I can get back to reading whichever of her stories I'm immersed in. Earlier this year I read 'A God In Ruins'. It's set in twentieth century England and features Teddy, perhaps the gentlest and most endearing male fictional character I've come across in my many ears of reading.

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Have someone read your work and critique it - and not someone who will simply tell you what they think you want to hear. Before I was published I submitted a manuscript to a competition organised by the Romance Writers of Australia. I didn't win of course (I didn't deserve to) but the three judges wrote reams of criticism. In hindsight, I know this criticism was exactly what I needed as an aspiring writer. If you can find a competition for unpublished manuscripts offering feedback from judges then I would say: go for it!

11. What can we expect from you in the future?

Cooper Halligan, the main character in 'Copping It Sweet', has an older brother, Guy, who's a criminal prosecutor. He's a big personality and I'm having fun turning his hyper-organised life upside down with someone who's somewhat out of left field for him.

Book review

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Review by Anniek

Sara Sullivan doesn't have an easy life. Falling in love with the wrong guy at an early age is now keeping her from really living. Sara is still legally married to Tony and he just got released from prison. Ever since Sara left him she has done nothing but hide. She isn't making sure he can't find her, instead Sara tries to keep him away from the people she loves. Tony will not hurt her directly, but he will hurt her by taking on everyone around her.

Sara lives in a small apartment now and has her own barber shop, which is doing pretty well. During her spare hours Sara is studying for an upcoming exam, because she wants to get the degree she should have had all those years ago. There is only one person who knows the truth about Sara's past and he is the brother of her best friend.

Cooper has been away for two years on an assignment in Singapore, but now the time has come to return home. The first person he sees after getting off the plane is Sara. Cooper is wondering what she is doing here and he is not happy with the fact that she is close to his family. Several years ago he tried to get Sara's husband behind bars for murder, but he failed to get the right evidence. His assignment now is clear. Get the evidence he needs and try every possible resource.

Cooper has always felt attracted to Sara. She is beautiful and when she lets her guard down she is a fun person to be around. When Cooper finds out Sara has a math exam coming up he offers to help her out. For him this is his way into Sara's life and hopefully he'll get the evidence that will put Tony behind bars again.

Sara is a very sweet person with a big heart. She made the wrong choice when she was young, but she is trying to leave the past behind her. I was amazed by her strength, her determination to get her life back on track and by the kindness she shows others. It must be horrible to live in so much fear and I admired the way she copes with that. Cooper is big and handsome and he's a badass cop. He would do anything for his family and for the people he loves, which made me like him straight away. I really enjoyed reading about the main characters of Copping It Sweet, they're interesting and easy to like.

Copping It Sweet is a beautiful story about coming back from a dark past and finding the light again. The way Anna Clifton told this story grabbed me immediately. She pulled me in and didn't let me go until the very last page. If you like to read about crime, close family connections and finding love again after hiding from it for a long time, then Copping It Sweet will be the book for you. This story delivers it all.

Giveaway

 Anna Clifton will be giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards to randomly drawn winners. Good Luck!
 

35 comments:

  1. Your book sounds great and I love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win x

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    1. Hi Ellen. Thanks so much for your kind words. I love the cover too. It's quite different from my previous release covers but I think it suits the suspense feel to the story. Thanks for joining in. Anna x

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  2. I enjoyed the review and interview. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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    1. Hi Solange. I'm glad you enjoyed the review and interview and like the cover. I'm new to Suze and Anniek's blog but I'm super impressed and so pleased to be here! Have a great day. Anna x

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  3. Pardon my asking but what does the term 'copping it sweet' mean?

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    1. Hi Kate, 'copping it sweet' is a (mostly I think) Australian expression that means to put up with something without complaining, or to make the best of a bad situation. It's referring to the hold Sara's husband still has over her. But it's also a pun because of Cooper's occupation as a cop - a policeman. Thanks for joining in!

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    2. Ah, well now it makes sense! Best of luck with the promo Anna!

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    3. Ah, well now it makes sense! Best of luck with the promo Anna!

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  4. Hi!! Thank you so much for this great opportunity :):)

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    1. Hi Lily. It's a pleasure. Thanks for being part of it. Anna x

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  5. Sounds like a great read. Thank you.
    Love the cover! :D

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    1. Hi Jolanda. Thanks so much for being part of this. I'm really glad you like the cover! Have a great day. Anna x

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  6. Thanks for the chance . Sounds like a good read .

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    1. It's a pleasure Esther. Thanks so much for joining in. Anna x

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  7. It sounds like an exciting story, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for being a part of it Judy and for taking an interest. Best wishes, Anna x

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  8. Thanks for reviewing this book. I can't wait to read it.

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  9. I love it when people try to overcome past mistakes. I really want to read this one!

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  10. I search for many great books for both my sisters This one would grab the attention of my oldest sister and I know she would enjoy this read. I will inform her of it and she will want to be finding out how she channged her life.

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  11. I liked the review, thank you.

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  12. The book sounds really good.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  13. The book sounds really interesting! And I love Sydney, visited once and it was just beautiful :)

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  14. Sounds like a book that I would quite enjoy :)

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  15. What an interesting book! Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is a new author for me but the book sounds very intriguing, so I'd love to learn more!

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  17. Wonderful interview! Sounds like a great read! :)

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway chance

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  19. Sounds like a lovely book! Would definitely like to curl up and read it if I get a chance soon :)

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  20. Sounds like a lovely book! Would definitely like to curl up and read it if I get a chance soon :)

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  21. Oh sound so good! I cant wait to see what happens between Cooper and Sara!

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  22. This looks like a book I would enjoy.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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