Louise Lyons – history of my writing

August 31, 2015

Hi everyone, it’s still Louise.

Some of you may have heard a little of how I started writing from my author bio, but it’s only brief. So here’s how it all started.

nana and meWhen I was a very little girl, my Nana (grandmother, pictured above with me aged 3) used to stay at mine and my parents’ house for a few days every Christmas. We didn’t have a spare bedroom so she slept on the couch and early in the mornings I’d go and wake her up, then sit under the blanket by her feet while she told me fantasy stories. I’m sure that was one of the main things to spark my imagination, as well as the fact that writing runs in the family, with my mother being a published poet.

From storytelling as a young child, I progressed to writing short stories from around age 8, using my mum’s old manual typewriter, one letter at a time. It started with little girls and ponies (I was a keen horse rider), and developed into very basic MF romances in my early teens. I won a writing competition in my English class at school when I was 12, and had the mortifying moment of being called up on stage in the drama hall to receive my prize. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t speak and just stood there laughing!

After a friend showed me the British gay romance movies, My Beautiful Laundrette, starring Daniel Day Lewis, my cheesy MF romances developed into MM romances, usually featuring my favorite rock stars – my own version of Fanfiction before I’d ever heard of it. Of course, no one ever saw these stories except me and I never dreamed of trying to publish anything at that stage.

My writing was pushed aside for a few years when I got married, as my husband and I traveled a lot and I read instead of putting pen to paper. But it soon resurfaced when I accidentally stumbled upon Fanfictions based on Once Upon A Time n Mexico, a movie I loved at the time. I wrote a couple of my own, then branch into other fandoms such as Predator, Dr. Quinn, True Women and eventually… *cough* Twilight. Yes, I love Twilight and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Nor am I ashamed of the fics I wrote based on it, because if it hadn’t been for my loyal readers and fellow writers of that fandom, I wouldn’t have made an effort to submit something to a publisher. Several of my friends gave me a bit of a kick up the proverbial and encouraged me to try and be an original published writer.

The rest, as they say, is history. Beautiful Thunder is my fourth published novel, and there are four short stories and two novellas in between. Hopefully many more to come.

You can find all of my current works on my LOUISE LYONS AMAZON page.

If you’re a writer, how did it all start for you? If you’re a reader, what draws you to a book the most?

4 Responses to “Louise Lyons – history of my writing”

  1. anna says:

    So beautiful picture and story. In a book I look at the summary. I like to know what I can aspect from a book. Warnings are appreciated.

  2. LouiseLyons13 says:

    I like to read the summaries first too, Anna. I don’t pay a great deal of attention of what reviews say because everyone’s opinion is different. I like to find out for myself. Sometimes a cover will draw my attention in particular and I’ve read a couple of books on the strength of a great cover, but usually it’s the blurb.

  3. Milica says:

    In my case,more often than not cover decides will I buy the book or not. Of course,the blurb has to be intriguing enough,but believe it or not,couple of times I bought the book only because I liked the cover that much,without even reading the blurb. Yeah,probably not the smartest thing to do,but one of those books ended on my-favorites shelf…

  4. LouiseLyons13 says:

    I know what you mean, Milica. I have bought a couple of books because I loved the covers and oddly enough they were in genres I hadn’t even read before or thought I would, but I found I absolutely loved them. Nothing wrong with judging a book by its cover once in a while :)

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