Hi Folks. Another interview has hit the blog. I’m very pleased to have had the pleasure to speak to a new author this week. Louise Jensen is a writer of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel ‘The Sister,’ is due to be published in July 2016 by Bookouture, with two further novels due for release in 2017.
Louise also writes flash fiction, and features and articles for both magazines and online publications. Louise specialises in writing about mindfulness, chronic pain and mental health.
- When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I’ve been scribbling stories for as long as I can remember but I never seriously considered it as a career, it seemed so unattainable. I’m in my 40’s and at my school the girls were encouraged to learn to type (on a typewriter) with a view to becoming a secretary, and I didn’t receive any encouragement to try and be anything else.
A few years ago a change in my health circumstances left me with limited mobility and chronic pain. I was forced to give up my business and my hobbies and I started writing again as a form of escapism.
- What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now?
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 about a girl, 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?
I’m incredibly lucky to have found a publisher for my first novel and although it’s the first book I’ve ever written, I’ve rewritten it almost from scratch so many times it feels like my fifth!
My work in progress is a story about a girl, Jenna, who believes a murder has been committed, and is determined to make someone pay. I’m not a plotter so I can’t say too much about how the story will develop because I don’t know yet, but I’m at the stage where I have completely fallen in love with my characters and I’m very excited about where they will take me.
It’s interesting to see how tighter my writing has become second book around and I’ve learned such a lot from working with an editor on The Sister.
3.I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal?
Every author has different approach, but I found having my work critiqued invaluable.
I waited until I felt I had gone as far as I could with my first draft and then sent it off for a professional assessment. It wasn’t cheap, but far more cost effective than doing a writing course and the feedback was tailor-made for me and my manuscript. Beta readers are helpful and can tell you whether or not they enjoy the story but to have someone familiar with the marketplace look at my manuscript with a critical eye was worth every penny.
- Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?
Enid Blyton was the first author whose books completely captivated me. I was so enthralled with the famous five. If just one reader roots for my characters even half as much as I rooted for Julian and the gang I’ll be thrilled.
- What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?
My stories always start with the character. They appear with something to say, their personal story, and I feel compelled to help them tell it.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I meditate every day, read women’s fiction at an alarming rate and eat way too many chocolate hobnobs!
Thank you Louise. A very interesting interview. I for one will be ordering your book as soon as it’s available. It looks intriguing. Below are Louise’s links. Please check them out.
More next week.