Conference Spotlight ~ JJ Cooper

Here is another peak into a workshop for our DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference on the Gold  Coast (16-19 August, 2012).

JJ Cooper has two thrillers published by Random House Australia – The Interrogator  and Deadly Trust.

He has conducted book signings alongside some of the greatest thriller writers in the world at ThrillerFest in New York and has delivered masterclasses at the Bundaberg Writers Festival, for the Queensland Writers Centre; and, appeared alongside Val McDermid, Michael Robotham and Garry Disher at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

JJ spent seventeen years in the Australian Army and his expert knowledge and experiences of interrogation techniques add value to the idiosyncrasies and depth of the characters within his novels.

At Diamonds Are Forever, JJ is presenting a workshop aimed at all writers called PUTTING THE THUMBSCREWS ON YOUR THRILLER 


Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your thriller writing with author JJ Cooper.

Want to hook your readers from the first line? Need to develop more credible plotlines? JJ will show you how!  He will twist the thumbscrews on participants to deliver an explosive workshop that also includes secrets behind successfully transferring body language and interviewing techniques into your writing.

All this and more from an experienced thriller writer – and ex-interrogator!

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Former military interrogator turned thriller writer.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

 This is my first RWA conference. I have delivered masterclasses at the Bundaberg Writers Festival, the Queensland Writers Centre; and, appeared alongside Val McDermid, Michael Robotham and Garry Disher at the Brisbane Writers Festival.


What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?

 I enjoy delivering workshops and giving those who aspire to be published, or simply want to learn more about the writing process, an opportunity to hear from someone who writes in a different genre.


Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

 I use examples from my books during the session – I find it helps participants relate to what it is I’m describing to them. Plus, it also shows a glimpse of my writing style for those yet to read my thrillers.


Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?

 I’m really looking forward to catching up with fellow authors and answering probing questions from conference participants. I’m also looking forward to convincing some publishing types to shout me dinner – it’s not often you get to catch an editor and convince them to pull out their corporate credit card!


Any advice for conference first-timers?

For any writing conference, you should immerse yourself in the atmosphere and enjoy! Participate in as much as possible and ask as many questions as you can of those who are fortunate enough to have been published. Authors tend to be a very giving mob and are happy to discuss their journey and any tips that they may have to assist others on the way to seeing their own Work in Print.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Still working on book 3 – I have a website – – that has a few tips for writers.

Thank you, JJ.


Please keep an eye out for more conference spotlights in the coming weeks.

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  1. Can I just say how much I adore these glimpses into the conference workshops? This one sounds like a cracker; I’m looking forward to seeing that interrogation technique in action, JJ.

  2. Definitely a fascinating sounding workshop, JJ. And welcome to the Romance Writers of Australia.

  3. Love the sound of this one. I suspect it’s going to be very hard to choose come registration time.

  4. Cath Evans

     /  February 29, 2012

    Wow…I’m loving the sound of this workshop…and the books. More books to read 🙂

    Thanks JJ and Helen

  5. This one’s definitely on my list! It’s going to be a tough choice. It would be a treat to see you in action at the workshop, JJ. I reckon learning to read and interpret body language would be an amazing skill to have 🙂

  6. Thank you for the warm welcome Eleni. It is a privilege to attend and present at the conference. I promise I won’t crack any bones during the workshop.

    I look forward to seeing you all there!




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