I’m delighted to be joined by thriller author, Louise Jensen, as we talk about her latest release, The Sister, out TODAY – Happy release day, Louise 🙂
The Fun Stuff:
What part of the world do you come from?
I was born in Northamptonshire, in the United Kingdom.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be the children’s author Enid Blyton. Not an author myself, but actually Enid Blyton.
List three words to describe yourself.
Loyal, kind, funny.
Who would play you in a film about your life?
Drew Barrymore although they’d have to make her older and more haggard.
What’s your favourite snack food when writing?
I’m partial to a chocolate hobnob or two.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
The power to heal.
The Sensible Side:
Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing? What do you do when you’re not writing?)
Although I used to write when I was younger it fell by the wayside and I didn’t pick it up again until my thirties. I’d had an accident and became disabled. I started writing non-fiction articles about my experience and how I used mindfulness to cope with chronic pain and the emotional upheaval.
When I’m not writing I love being with my husband and kids. I’ve three sons and a crazy cat and dog. I love crafting, baking and I’m attempting to learn to play the piano. As well as writing I’m also a Mindfulness Coach and teach people from all around the world to stay present which is a real privilege.
Where did the inspiration for The Sister come from?
I wanted to write and self-publishing a book on Mindfulness. Googling self-publishing I found a writing group, not too far away, who were giving a talk that evening. As soon as I turned up I was given three words and ten minutes to write something, which I had to then read out. Grace, my main character in The Sister, sprang to mind and I wrote what is essential the basis for chapter one. At home I couldn’t stop thinking of Grace and Charlie and I felt compelled to carry on with their story never dreaming that my snippet of 100 words would turn into a 90,000 word novel
What do you like most about writing psychological thrillers?
I love the not knowing what’s going to happen and I genuinely don’t. I can’t plan at all. I write with that gnawing unease and a sense of fear for my characters.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Physical limitation is always my greatest challenge. Suffering from chronic pain and inflammation makes it difficult to write at all some days but I can’t imagine a time when I won’t try.
What can we expect from you in the future?
My second novel, another psychological thriller will be published in November and there’s another planned for next summer. After that, who knows? I’d love to write a really emotional commercial fiction story at some stage and I’ve enough flash fiction stories to compile at least two books, which has been on my ever increasing list of things to do for ages. Writing a book on chronic pain and mindfulness is still something that greatly appeals to me.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
My website is www.louisejensen.co.uk. That has my latest news and also my blog where I regularly post fiction.
You can also find Louise on Twitter
THE SISTER by Louise Jensen – OUT 7TH JULY
“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 last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear 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?
A compelling, gripping psychological thriller.