About Louise

Louise has always been haunted by the sea, even before she knew the full story of her grandfather, the man who in part inspired novel How to be Brave. She lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – where from her bedroom window she can almost see the waters of the River Humber, an estuary that inspired book, The Mountain in my Shoe.


She remembers sitting as a child in her father’s cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar’s chords. He’s a musician. Her small fingers stumbled and gave up. She was three. His music sheets fascinated her – such strange language that translated into music.

Her mother teaches languages, French and English, so her fluency with words fired Louise’s interest. She knew from being small that she wanted to write, to create, to make magic. She’s inspired by life, history, survival and love, and always has a story in her head.


She loves all forms of writing. Her short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail about being a parent, garnering love/hate criticism, and a one year column called Wholly Matrimony about modern marriage.


Her debut novel, How to be Brave, was released in 2015 and got to No 4 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart, and was a Guardian Readers’ pick for 2015. This novel came from truth – when Louise’s daughter got Type 1 Diabetes she helped her cope by sharing her grandad’s real life sea survival story.

Her second novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, was released in 2016 and was inspired by her time with children in care. It explores what family truly means, and how far we will go for those we love. It longlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize.

Maria in the Moon was released in 2017, and was a Must Read in Prima, Red, and the Sunday Mirror, as well as being widely reviewed by the press. It was comapred to the early works of Maggie O’Farrell.

The Lion Tamer Who Lost is now out.

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11 thoughts on “About Louise

  1. Just found you, and your blog. Inspirational. I too have been writing for what seems a lifetime, always pushing stories in drawers, never taking the plunge so never getting a rejection. I too have written on scraps of paper since childhood, making up stories and plays for my toys to enact. I think it’s about time I took myself and my writing seriously. A huge thank you.


  2. Hi Louise
    Great blog, great website. I have bought both your books and they’re on my kindle to read. I’m working on my second book to send to the publisher on Monday so limited time for reading, as I’m also a full time English teacher in a secondary school. Who is your agent, by the way? I’m always interested in who represents who.

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  3. Hey Rose,

    Thank you so much! I hear you on the time to read, so totally understand. I have soooo many books that I long to read and less time now than ever. I will look up your first one. Good luck with book two! I don’t have an agent. Just little old me. Who is yours?


  4. Hello, Louise. I came across your article in the Bloomin’ Brilliant Books blog today and figured this was probably the best way to communicate with you. I have never written to an author before but why not? I wanted to let you know that I just finished The Mountain in My Shoe on holiday and loved every word. I devoured it as slowly as I could to best savor it. I have just ordered How to Be Brave and look forward to Maria in the Moon. I’m a picky reader with a 500+ TBR wishlist–and while I enjoy many literary genres and most of what I read, every once in a while I find a stunning novel that lingers in my head. Thanks to the Guardian’s Not the Booker for introducing me to your works. And thanks to you for the pleasure I had and will have in reading your books. Cheers.

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  5. Hello there! Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me! I am HONOURED to please such a ‘picky’ reader. (I’m picky too, for the record!) Thank YOU for the pleasure you’ve given me by telling me. Have a wonderful Sunday, and do keep me updated on what you think of the others.

    Louise xxx

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  6. Hi Louise, I came to your library talk in Willerby last year when you talked about your writing journey. I do a blog for the Romantic Novelists Association (hints & tips for new writers) and I wondered if I could interview you, specifically about the importance of persistence? Your story was just so inspiring and I really think it applies to any genre.

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