Books and me...

I'm a working-class writer, editor, and publisher. I went to a less than ambitious comprehensive school; I left at sixteen and didn't do A levels or go to university. I did eventually get one A level in English Literature (I took the exams while heavily pregnant with my oldest child) followed by a literature degree via the Open University at the age of forty-two, after twelve years of studying. 

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... It wasn't until I reached my forties that I realised I could write a novel. A lack of confidence prevented me for too long. If you're working-class you will probably understand that feeling.

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I'm the author of:

 

Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase (Hodder 2014)

A Life Between Us (Louise Walters Books 2017)

The Road to California (Louise Walters Books 2018)

The Hermit (Louise Walters Books 2022)

I am now currently working on my fifth novel. It will be the first in a planned series and I'm very excited about it. The characters seemed to arrive in my head fully-formed and are almost writing their own story. Watch this space!

I founded Louise Walters Books in 2017. Facing the prospect of turning fifty 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've been fortunate in finding seven talented authors. I'm a one-woman band; I project-manage the publication of each title and I edit all of them. I work with a talented team of freelance professionals who design my covers and interiors, and help me with copy-editing. I fit publishing in alongside my own writing, and my freelance editorial work.

Imposter syndrome is a constant battle. Well, I'm not posh, am I? But I'm operating in a posh world. The publishing industry is overwhelmingly middle-class. Often I feel I don't belong, and I think there is truth in that. My publishing, my titles and authors, are frequently over-looked. But I'm here, doing my thing, with passion, commitment, and excellent taste, if I say so myself! Hopefully when this is all over I will have left a fabulous legacy. 

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