Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write, to create, to make magic. She remembers sitting in her father's cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar's chords. His music sheets fascinated her - such strange language that translated into music. Her mother taught languages, French and English, so her fluency fired Louise's passion for words.
Louise's 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. Her debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers' pick for 2015. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt.
When she was fifteen Louise bet her mother ten pounds she'd be published by the time she was thirty. She missed this deadline by two months. Her mother is still waiting for the money.
Link to her website - http://louisebeech.co.uk/