Today I am joining the blog tour for Distorted Days, and am delighted to be welcoming Louise Worthington to my blog for a chat. Many thanks to Louise for taking the time to do this, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
As someone with experience of the publishing industry what would your top tips be for hopeful authors preparing their first submission?
I have self-published Distorted Days. It’s literary fiction around 53,000 words so I felt it was best to self-publish. My next novel is commercial fiction/ thriller 73,000 words so I will be looking for a publisher.
Did your experience in the publishing industry make it more or less daunting when you submitted your own work for the first time?
Prior to self-publishing Distorted Days, Park Publications published a couple of short stories in their literary magazine and Fresher Press published a poem. Goodreads is a helpful site for feedback on query letters and synopsis.
Your books cover a broad variety of genres – do you have a favourite genre to write or one that comes easier to you than others?
Distorted Days is contemporary women’s fiction/ literary fiction. I’ve written a suspense/thriller which is being beta-read at the moment, and I have a third novel in the pipeline which is also a thriller. In addition to that I’m working on a novella-in-flash at the moment and a poetry anthology!
What books inspired you growing up?
I read a lot by Stephen King and Virginia Andrews. Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin and Shakespeare’s Hamlet made an impression on my when I was studying A-level Literature.
Where do you do most of your writing? Do you have a particular writing regime?
I have an office at home where I do most of my writing. First thing in the morning I walk the dogs and use my phone to record ideas as they come to me. When I need a break from the office there’s a lovely coffee shop in Shrewsbury where I sometimes sit with a coffee, note pad and pen. I tend to write quickly to get the content down and then worry about the editing later, otherwise I think there’s a risk of writer’s block. I’m quite disciplined so start writing almost as soon as I get up and throughout the day for 8 – 10 hours sometimes late at night – which my faithful friend Maddy is never too happy about!
Thanks again to Louise for taking the time to answer my questions. Keeping reading for all the information on Distorted Days.
If she could speak to them, she would say they have exploded her heart, released firecrackers through her senses. She wishes she could call the police, the ambulance, the fire brigade, to arrest and anaesthetise and waterboard the bastards.
So what happens when your husband runs off with your best friend? When you discover the dead body of an old man halfway through your delivery round? When your house is burgled and you get beaten up? Doris, Andy and Colleen are about to find out. They’re also about to discover that you can find friendship and support in the oddest of places…
Heart-rending, humorous and above all authentic, Distorted Days is an exquisitely written account of the ways in which life can knock you off our feet – and how you can pick yourself up again. If you’ve experienced the fickleness of fortune, this is a book that you’ll never forget.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Louise is the author of ‘Distorted Days’ and ‘Rachel’s Garden of Rooms.’ ‘The Entrepreneur’ will be available later in 2020. ‘The Thief’, a short story published by Park Publications, is available to download Louise Worthington’s website.
Before writing full time, Louise worked mainly as an English teacher after getting a degree in Literature and later, studying business and psychology at Masters level.
Louise grew up in Cheshire and now resides in Shropshire.
For more information on Distorted Days, don’t forget to pop over to the other blogs taking part on the tour.