Archive for April 26th, 2011

Please welcome Louise Voss, co-author of the suspense novel, Killing Cupid. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview, but first, here’s a little about Louise in her own words…

I started writing as a hobby while living and working in the music business in New York in 1995. After a few years of rejections, my first book was bought at auction by Transworld/Black Swan. To Be Someone was published in 2000, the first novel to come with its own CD soundtrack (on Virgin Records). Three more novels followed, as well as two co-written thrillers with Mark Edwards. The first of these, Killing Cupid, was optioned by the BBC for a two-part drama and is about to optioned again by a BAFTA-winning producer for a feature film. Killing Cupid has recently been published on Amazon Kindle, shortly to be followed by Catch Your Death.

I live in South West London with my daughter and our psychotic flatulent rescue cat.

About the book:

A frightened woman turns the tables on her stalker – with devastating results.

A fast-paced, funny and original psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a bucketful of snakes.

When Alex Parkinson joins a creative writing class, he realizes immediately that he and his tutor, Siobhan McGowan, are meant to be together. Alex will do anything to be with her…Like buying her designer clothes and lingerie…with her own credit card. Like breaking into her house and reading her diary. Like threatening her ex-boyfriend – and watching his love rival plummet from a rooftop. Like creeping around her house and hiding in the wardrobe, waiting until she comes home…

But when Alex is finally scared off and seeks solace elsewhere, Siobhan decides to take revenge. How dare he lose interest in her? He picked the wrong woman to stalk then just back off!

As their lives begin to unravel and the past closes in, Alex and Siobhan embark on a collision course that threatens to destroy both themselves and everyone around them…’

KILLING CUPID is now available on iBooks!


When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

I never thought about becoming an author until I took a writing class whilst living in NYC in 1996 (just because I wanted to do something creative – it could easily have been painting or photography instead) in which we had to work with the same character all semester. I ended up with several short pieces of writing which I realized I could expand into chapters and hang a plot line onto – and bingo, I had the makings of a novel. I was hooked!

Do you have another job besides writing?

I used to be a full-time writer (had four novels published) but things, ahem, didn’t go quite to plan, and now I have another job, organizing concerts in the music department of a university in south-west London. It’s fun, but doesn’t leave me enough time to write! I’m really hoping that this Kindle venture, ie. my second bite at the cherry, is successful enough for me to go back to being a full-time novelist!

How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?

Mark (Edwards, my co-author) and I decided that we should put our writing/critiquing friendship to good use, and co-write a novel. We came up with the stalker-becomes-the-stalked premise, he thought of the title (‘Killing Cupid’) and we decided to write a chapter each, me as the female lead, him as the male. He then promptly moved to Japan, so we would write our chapter in turn, email it to the other for editing and comments, and continue that way. We didn’t write an outline, we just had a vague idea of where it should go, and took it from there. It was a breeze to write; so much fun.

They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?

Eurgh, bad reviews are horrible! Luckily I’ve only had a couple, but it’s true what they say – you do remember them better than the good ones. I think the recent hoo-ha about the Kindle author who behaved appallingly badly, kicking off about a mediocre review only to find her offensive and bitter retorts going global, is a salutory lesson to everyone… Let it go! Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and as long as the majority of reviews are positive, you must be doing something right!

How do you divide your time between taking care of a home and children, and writing? Do you plan your writing sessions in advance?

It was much easier when my daughter was a baby, because I could write during her naps. And then, for years, I wrote when she went to bed, from about 7.30pm. It’s got more difficult now that she’s 13 and we tend to hit the hay at about the same time. By the time I’ve come in from work and we’ve done the homework/dinner routine, I’m too worn out to write, so it is now mostly relegated to weekends and holidays. But I think that’s also because I don’t have a new work-in-progress – at the moment I’m working on getting my old novels up on Amazon Kindle. Once I get stuck into something new, I’m sure I’ll make the time. And yes, I would loosely plan a writing session in advance, ie. have in mind a specific scene I want to get down.

What is your opinion about critique groups? What words of advice would you offer a novice writer who is joining one? Do you think the wrong critique group can ‘crush’ a fledgling writer?

I am a huge fan of critique groups. I am lucky enough to have been in a brilliantly supportive one for the past ten years. We’ve all become good friends – and have all been published, too. I think anyone with any self-esteem or intelligence would (hopefully) pretty soon realize that they were in the wrong group, if they were feeling crushed or not given critiques in a constructive way.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Here’s a link to my co-author Mark’s excellent blog:
One to the book on Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/gXGez2
And one to Amazon US: http://amzn.to/eGhcPx

Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?

As I said, I’m planning to get all four of my past novels up on Amazon Kindle as soon as I can – I love the idea of them having a whole new lease of life! Plus, Mark and I are currently in the process of e-publishing our other co-written thriller: Catch Your Death, set around a research centre into the common cold, featuring rogue scientists, ruthless killers, and a woman who is out to find the truth about what happened to her first love…

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