"...a fast-paced autobiography that reads like a novel and makes you wonder how this spunky author manages to maintain her energy and positive outlook....There is no self-pity in Louise's writing but we learn the importance of self-reliance, loyal friends and a good lawyer. If you are from a family that never talks about money, learn from Weezie: A Palm Beach Story and start talking before it's too late." -Pamela Goldsack, Surrey, England Growing up, Louise Ford had everything. An only child of middle-aged, wealthy parents, she travelled extensively throughout her childhood. They literally took her everywhere with them-even taking her out of school each winter until she was twelve to ski for two months of the year. Her engineer father had retired in his fifties to spend 40 years sailing and hunting, pursuits in which he trained his daughter to be something of an expert and tomboy. Louise dealt with the shock of her life when her mother died. But she was ill-prepared when, some years later, she lost her large inheritance to her Colombian step-mother. Through her unquenchable humor and optimistic outlook on life, she has bounced back from the depths of despair to write the often hilarious story of her life to date.
LOUISE FORD ( 1954 - ) was born in Rochester NY where she lived until after the death of her mother when she was 15. A year later she and her father moved to Palm Beach, FL.
Louise attended the Sacred Heart, the Columbia School (later Columbia Allendale School) in Rochester, NY. Miss Porter's School in Farmington, CT and the University of Denver, Denver, CO.
After leaving DU Louise has lived (in chronological order ) in Breckenridge & Aspen CO, London, England, San Francisco, CA, Palm Beach, FL, South Salem, NY, Palm Beach, FL, Cooperstown, NY, Palm Beach, FL, Santa Fe, NM, London, England and now lives in Old Alresford, Hampshire, England.
Louise lives in the summer in her life long home on Grindstone Island, 1000 Island, St Lawrence River. As a child she spent 6 weeks every winter at the Lake Placid Club and a month at Top Notch in Stowe VT.
Louise has worked as an Estate Agent, in London, an assistant to 11 brokers at EF Hutton in San Francisco and as a ski tester for Skiing Magazine.
With her ex husband Louise started the Cherry Valley Spring Water Co, Cherry Valley NY and later on went on to co-found The Pit Bull Tire Lock, Corp, Santa Fe, NM, where Louise was President / CEO.
After having watched in horror as her father's third wife the Colombian Beatriz Algarra Cuellar, kept her father living unwashed, and with out proper medical care for the last few years of his life and being powerless to do anything about it she felt compelled to tell that story. So armed with a sworn affidavit from her father's long time house keeper, Bea's actual hand written notes for her father to read to his lawyer to "eliminate" her son Nicholas from his trust, among other things and a deal of evidence (yet confirmed with hard proof) that this evil step mother was a bigamist when she married her father the book was born. Not wanting to only tell the disturbing part of her story Louise has added very amusing stories of growing up in Rochester, 1000 Islands & Lake Placid. The book ends with her amazing journey to Juba, Southern Sudan in 2006.
Louise lives on Grindstone Island in the summer and Hampshire England . She has one son Nicholas and his wife Alanna.