Books and me...
I've always been a reader, kicking off with this beauty: Hilda Boswell's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. I remember poring over the pictures first; the words must have come later...
I'm a working class person. I went to a less than ambitious comprehensive school; I left school at sixteen and didn't do A levels or go to university. I did eventually get a Literature degree via the Open University at the age of forty-two, something I'm quite proud of.
I've read for most of my life, apart from a few years in my late teens and early twenties when other interests took over! I got my reading mojo back one sunny Saturday in Oxford when I had a browse in a bookshop - I think it was Blackwells - and ended up sitting in a pub that afternoon, reading, (ignoring my buddies), and I haven't stopped since. The book was The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories, edited by Susan Hill, and I still have it almost 30 years later. I still read it.
It wasn't until I found myself in my forties ("What were you waiting for, girl?!" that I decided to write a novel. Maybe I needed to live a little first?
I'm the author of Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase (Hodder 2014), A Life Between Us (Louise Walters Books 2017) and The Road to California (Louise Walters Books 2018).
I founded Louise Walters Books in 2017. Facing the prospect of turning 50 in the November of that year and, clock ticking, I remember thinking, I need to do this now, if I'm gonna do it. So I did. Getting older brings its advantages; a certain recklessness and determination!
LWB is very small and proudly independent. I'm looking for something quite simple: well written stories. The quality of the writing will always be my first consideration when looking at submissions. I've been fortunate so far in finding seven hugely talented authors. I plan to publish up to four books a year and I will give "equal billing" to all of them when it comes to publicity and marketing. My ambition is to publish more working class writers - so far I have signed one, Chris Walsh, whose debut novel The Dig Street Festival will be published in December 2020.
I'm a one woman band; essentially doing this job part time, alongside my own writing, and my critiquing work. I hope the business will grow and LWB will become known for publishing truly wonderful books.
90s chick. I was reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
I'm partial to a Persephone. This one was Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski. A fine novel.
Launch party for Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase in 2014.