I’m thrilled to welcome crime author Louise Voss to the blog today.
Louise has had eleven novels published over her writing career– five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Her twelfth, THE OLD YOU, will be out in May 2018, published by Orenda Books.
- What’s the first book you remember reading?
When I was very small – three or four –I obsessively read a tiny little book called Wynken, Blynken and Nod. I was entranced by it. I’ve since looked it up to find it’s not a book, it’s a poem, written by Eugene Field in 1889 about three children who go to sea in a shoe:
“Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night / Sailed off in a wooden shoe / Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew / “Where are you going, and what do you wish?” The old moon asked the three. /”We have come to fish for the herring-fish that live in this beautiful sea/ Nets of silver and gold have we.”
Sounds ambitious for a three-year-old – but apparently I could read at three, so my mum always used to boast!
2. What book will always stay with you and why?
Many books will always stay with me but I think the first one I felt like that about was Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone, a coming of age American novel about an obese thirteen-year-old girl called Dolores Price who grows into an obese woman, but is determined to give herself one more chance before she really goes under… Funny and heartbreaking – my favourite kind of reading experience. I don’t know whether I’d enjoy it as much if I re-read it – I do pick it up occasionally and think, no, I don’t want to risk it in case it doesn’t hold up.
3. One book you are looking forward to reading?
Amanda Jennings’ The Cliff House springs to mind and is at the top of my TBR pile. I love her writing and this one’s set in the 80’s, which is another bonus. I’m sure I’m going to love it.
You can find Louise on | Twitter | Amazon | Orenda
The Old You
Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…
Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface… and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed s mind playing tricks, or hers…?
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
I imagine when you are young, a long poem would seem like a book.
Nice to meet you, Louise.
Louise Voss says
Yes I’m sure you’re right, Alex! Nice to meet you too 🙂
Margot Kinberg says
I am so enjoying this feature, and the chance to find out some of the influential books out there. Thanks, both!
The kick sailed through with at least 3 yards to spare.