Thursday, 16 August 2012

Molesey author Louise Voss to visit library

A CRIME thriller set in Molesey? It sounds unlikely but it could happen if local author Louise Voss has anything to do with it.

Louise, from West Molesey, wrote the hugely popular Catch Your Death and Killing Cupid novels - both Amazon bestsellers - together with her writing partner Mark Edwards.
And although Molesey has yet to feature in her work, she hinted that it might in future.

Louise said: "I’ve lived in Molesey for nearly 10 years, and I love it. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Tesco’s and not seen someone I know. I haven’t ever set any of my writing here, but I’m sure I will at some point."

Louise and Mark will be visiting Molesey Library on September 7th 2012 from 7.15pm as guests of the Friends, and will talk about their books and the secrets of their success. They will sign copies and there will be wine and nibbles provided.

Louise discovered a love of writing as a teenager when she kept "cringeworthy diaries" and decided to become an author after taking a writing class in in 1990s. She found an agent, and wrote two manuscripts but it was three years before her first novel To Be Someone was published. More were to follow.
Louise spotted Mark on a BBC documentary about aspiring authors in 1999. They began to exchange regular emails and eventually to write together and to self-publish.

"At first we used to write alternate chapters - which was easy in Killing Cupid, since it has separate male and female narrators. Our second novel together, Catch Your Death, was written in the third person, and we would write a chapter each and then edit each other’s chapters to add our own ‘voice’ into the mix. Mark tends to write all the psychopaths and the violent bits, because I’m a wimp."

Louise and Mark were the first British self-published authors to top of the charts of internet book retailer Amazon, and as a result Harper Collins gave them a six-figure four-book deal.

Louise said: "I REALLY hope people will come along and meet us on September 7th. Both Mark and I thoroughly enjoy these evenings, meeting people and answering questions. It’s particularly great to be able to participate in an event that will raise funds for the library, and it should be interesting, especially to anybody with an interest in writing or publishing."

Tickets for the evening with Louise and Mark are £5 and can be purchased from Kate Fairbrother on 020 8941 5292 or Russell Seekins on 020 8979 1314.

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