Saturday, 21 July 2012

Meet Louise Douglas and win a copy of her latest book; In Her Shadow

Louise Douglas was born in Yorkshire but has lived in Somerset for the past twenty years.  She has three sons and a partner who works in construction.  She is the author of three previous novels; The Love of My Life (2009), Missing You (2010), The Secrets Between Us (2012), and the newly released In Her Shadow. You can read my review of In Her Shadow here .

Louise Douglas
I am delighted to welcome Louise to my blog today, she has very kindly agreed to answer some questions for me, I am also delighted to be able to give away a copy of In Her Shadows to one lucky reader. You can find the instructions on how to enter the give away at the end of this post.

Questions and Answers with Louise Douglas

What are you reading at the moment? 
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood. 

Do you read reviews of your novels? Do you take them seriously? 
I do read reviews and take them seriously, especially those of bloggers I respect and follow. I stay away from Amazon though as it can be really hard to move on from the more negative comments.

How long does it take to write a novel? 
About a year - I have a full time day job too.

Do you have any writing rituals? 
I walk the dogs then make a cup of coffee then sit down and I’m gone.

What was your favourite childhood book? 
I had a picture book of The Sleeping Beauty that I adored. When I was a little older I was mad for the Ruby Ferguson pony books. 

Name one book that made you laugh? 
50 Ways to Find a Lover by Lucy-Anne Holmes

Name one book that made you cry? 
Recently the Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt had me crying my heart out!

Which fictional character would you like to meet? 
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

Which book would you give to your best friend as a present? 
I just gave her The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman.

Are you inspired by any particular author or book? 
Wuthering Heights is my favourite book ever.

What is your guilty pleasure read?
Donna Leon’s inspector Brunetti series. Although I don’t feel very guilty about it!

Who are your favourite authors? 
Sylvia Plath and the Bronte sisters.

What book have you re-read? 
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

What book have you given up on? I just can’t get on with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Thanks so much Louise, for answering my nosey questions!   I'm with you on the Atticus Finch answer, he's my dream man and a wonderful character.  I also have to agree with the Amazon reviews, I always post reviews on Amazon, I'm part of the Amazon Vine programme, but I've found that I've had some pretty scathing comments on some of my reviews.  I can't begin to imagine how those sort of comments would make an author feel.

Louise and Transworld have very kindly sent a copy of In Her Shadow to me which I'm going to give away to a reader of 'Random Things'.   To be in with a chance of winning, please leave a comment on this post, for  one extra chance please follow me on Twitter @annecater, and for one more extra chance please Tweet about this giveaway.

Good Luck!!

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  1. I loved the Q & A, and after reading your review this book sounds like one I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Glenys Titcomb21 July 2012 at 22:28

    I thought the answers to your questions, Anne, were really excellent- I love to hear how different authors approach their writing. The new release `In Her Shadow` sounds great, & right up my street! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy x

  3. The Q&A was interesting Anne. The book sounds great, thanks for offering it as a giveaway. Karen x

  4. The issue of negative comments on Amazon reviews is a funny one isn't it. I don't understand when people leave scathing comments on negative reviews like yours, Anne, where the criticism is delivered in a reasoned and measured way. I can totally appreciate that as an author you have to be careful not to get suckered into reading each and every criticism out there.

    Thank you for the Q&A and the giveaway, this sounds like a really good read!


  5. What a great giveaway - the Q and A idea was really good and her answers very interesting. Her current read is on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance to win this book. Joan xx

  6. I loved the Q and A. I read The Secrets Between Us last year and loved it. So would love to try In Her Shadow :)

  7. I really enjoyed reading the interview, thanks Anne and Louise. I loved The Light Between Oceans. I enjoyed reading The Secrets Between Us last year too. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds a fab read. x

  8. What a great interview ! I loved The Secrets Between Us too, and this latest book sounds equally as good. Thanks for a great giveaway. x

  9. Great interview - haven't read this author before. Thanks Anne