Books and me...
I'm a working class writer, editor, and publisher. 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 thirty 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 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 hugely talented authors.
I'm a one woman band; essentially doing this job part time, alongside my own writing, and my critiquing work.