Guest Post with Louise Beech
Ever wonder what goes through an author’s mind? In honor of her new release, THE LION TAMER WHO LOST, Louise Beech is giving us twenty things going through an author’s head at any given moment while writing.
Twenty things going through an author’s head at any given moment while writing…
Today’s going to be a really good writing day.
What day is it again?
Is that the binmen? Did I empty the bins?
Maybe I should split chapter five in half and insert the end bit into chapter nineteen instead?
I wonder if this headache is PMS, stress, or full-on Ebola and I’ll be dead by teatime?
How many words is that so far? Eight? Eight?
I wonder if anyone’s ever written a book from the perspective of a wasp?
Today I am on top form.
Is it time for lunch? 09.34am is time for lunch somewhere …
Is 82,000 too short?
Is 456,000 too long?
Kill me. Kill me now.
How about a novel that’s just one chapter? That could work. It really could. And I’ll be done by Tuesday…
I love writing. I do. With all my heart. But sometimes I don’t think it loves me back.
If my FitBit yells at me anymore to move myself I’m going to burn him with a blow torch.
The post. Thank God for the post. Thank God for this Perimenopausal and Proud catalogue to read instead…
My drawer looks messy. I can’t go on until I tidy it.
How many words is that so far? Fifteen? Fifteen?
Oh, look at that. Look at that. I love this paragraph. I can write. I can really write dead good.
How do you spell incontinance?
Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn't...
Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn't for the reasons he imagined...
Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben's father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.
Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?
A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart.
About the Author: Louise Beech remembers sitting in her father's cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar's chords. He's a musician. Her small fingers stumbled and gave up. She was three. His music sheets fascinated her - such strange language that translated into music. Her mother teaches languages, French and English, so her fluency with words fired Louise's interest. She knew from being small that she wanted to write, to create, to make magic.
She loves all forms of writing. Her short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail about being a parent, garnering love/hate criticism. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers' pick for 2015.
She is inspired by life, history, survival and love, and always has a story in her head. Her debut novel, How to be Brave, came from truth - when Louise's daughter got Type 1 Diabetes she helped her cope by sharing her grandad's real life sea survival story. Her second novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, will be released in September 2016 and was inspired by her time working with children in the care system.
When she was fifteen Louise bet her mother ten pounds she'd be published by the time she was thirty. She missed this self-set deadline by two months. Her mother is still waiting for the money.
Publisher: Orenda Books
B-format paperback original
ISBN 13: 978-1-912374-29-8
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