A very, very warm welome to Louise Jensen, whose debut novel is going to explode on the scene soon. And, remember you heard about her here first! I’m linking up with other readers and book bloggers today with #TalkoftheTown so my grateful thanks to Heidi (Cosmochicklitan) and Shaz (Jera’s Jamboree) for hosting it.
I can’t really do justice to Louise as her words are far better than mine so I have stolen a bit from her website to give you an idea of who she is:
“When I was little I was obsessed by Enid Blyton. Her characters were so real to me they became my friends. I often huddled under my covers, stifling my yawns and straining my eyes, as I read ‘just one more page’ by torchlight.
Mr Townsend, my primary school English teacher always encouraged my love of literature, and it wasn’t long before I’d read everything my school had to offer. The first book I created was six pages long, had stick-man illustrations and was sellotaped together. I was immensely proud of it. Writing was a huge part of my life, until one day it wasn’t …
…My thirties were a car crash. Literally. I sustained injuries which when coupled with a pre-existing condition forced me to radically change my lifestyle. I felt utterly lost and utterly alone. Always an avid reader I began to devour books at an alarming rate. ‘You’ll have read every book in here soon,’ my local librarian said. ‘You’ll have to write your own.’”
You can read the whole story of how she came to be the writer she is today on her website at the address below but now without further ado, here is Louise.
Louise welcome again. Before we chat about your next release I’d like to ask a few questions so we can learn a little more about you. Care Bear or Cabbage Patch dolls?
They both used to scare me senseless!
Fair enough. I have to say those dolls did look a little weird. ‘Allo ‘Allo or Blackadder?
Blackadder without a doubt – I still chuckle along to the reruns now.
Toffo’s for me although I love the word ‘spangle.’ It’s not used nearly enough.
Maybe we should try and write it into our next book. Or, turn it into a verb. To spangle. I quite like that idea. I know you, like me are an Enid Blyton fan so Famous Five or Secret Seven? Why?
They had a dog that could woof once for yes and twice for no! I spent literally hours cajoling our spaniel with dog treats to do the same but he never could.
Brilliant! I love that idea. You are alone in a children’s play area. What would you be tempted to try out and why? I’d go on the slide although I’d be likely to get wedged in at the top and be stuck all night.
Swings for me. That sense of flying.
I get sick these days on swings. Shame really. Sorry, this next part is obligatory. The audience expects it. Can you tell us a short joke?
A group of chess enthusiasts were kicked out of a hotel reception for discussing their winning games. The manager can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.
My boys – we all share the same sense of humour and can be in stiches over something that probably isn’t funny to most people.
What is your all-time favourite comedy film and what made you laugh most about it?
Airplane! It still makes me laugh now and I’ve watched it so many times. I think they’d never get away with a lot of the jokes in it today, which is a shame. There are so many good bits it’s hard to pick one out, and would probably sound quite offensive if I did. It’s on youtube – go watch it!
I laughed so loudly at that film in the cinema I got asked to leave. It is jolly funny though. What one mad thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it?
I love flash mobs. The energy, the unexpectedness of it all.
I’d love to see you doing that. Maybe with some of the other Bookouture authors? Right, onto you and your books…What genre do you write?
I write psychological fiction although my stories are quite character led, and really have a heart, as there’s nothing I enjoy more than curling up with an emotional women’s fiction book.
What inspired you to start writing?
I always wrote when I was young but stopped when I discovered the pub I think! A few years ago a change in health circumstances led to me having a complete lifestyle overhaul. I was so immobile there was little I could do and it seemed like a good time to start writing again.
Where do you think up your ideas for stories?
I don’t have fully formed ideas. A character springs to mind, regardless of whether I’m writing flash fiction or a novel, and they hang around until I understand what they want, what’s driving them, and then I put pen to paper and see where it takes me.
Do you have a special routine when writing? I line up pen and pencils in order of size, clean my desk, sort out bags of sweets I am going to eat and hang a sign on my door that says ‘Keep Out’.
Hehe I need one of those signs! I asked my husband not to disturb me when I write and he creeps in the room with paper signs instead asking me if I want tea or coffee, thinking if he doesn’t talk it’s not an interruption.
I light a candle and play some classical music if I’m working on my manuscript.
Could you please put a few brief words about you – something that doesn’t show up on your website. Surprise us!
I play the piano so badly that when I lift the lid our dog whimpers and runs and hides in the kitchen until I’ve finished.
Louise, it has been a huge pleasure having you on the blog. I know without a doubt that we are going to be hearing a lot about you and both Mr Grumpy and I have a bet that you’ll be a big name soon. I hope you can drop by again after the book is released and let us know about your future plans.
The Sister is my debut novel and it’s due for release on 7th July 2016 as an ebook, paperback and, I’ve just found out it will also be an audio book which I’m SO excited about. The digital version is available to preorder now. It’s a psychological thriller here’s the official blurb:
‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …’
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear that there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.
But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?
There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie … Or was there?
Learn more about Louise at her website