Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate and The Date. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise’s fifth thriller, The Family, will be published in Autumn 2019 by Harper Collins.
The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award. The Date was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. The Surrogate has been nominated for the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.
I was determined that I would be Enid Blyton when I grew up. My earliest memories involve me straining my eyes by torchlight under my covers, too captivated by the world I was transported to and the characters I met there, to contemplate going to sleep.
I had a nurturing primary school teacher who encouraged me to read as many different genres as I could and to write, write and then write some more. (Thank you Mr Townsend).
As I grew older, while I never lost my love of reading, writing fell by the wayside. Much to my disappointment I just grew bigger and never turned into my favourite author and It seemed ludicrous to ever conceive I would be in print one day. Anyway, I had a job, a family and many hobbies to keep me occupied.
In my 30s I had a car accident and I was no longer able to partake in my hobbies of choice; running and horse riding. I was on the hunt for something new and writing seemed the obvious choice.
Over the past few weeks I have been reading many of your blogs and WOW. I have been blown away by the talent and pure energy that shines through the posts. I have been in tears one minute and laughing the next as your carefully constructed sentences convey so much raw emotion. The subject matters have been nothing short of genius and I am more than a little bit in awe of you all.
So I have set up this blog with no plan, no posts written and no idea where to proceed from here but determined to at least try and post something.
October 2014 – Thanks to the encouragement and support I have received (the writing community rocks) I have completed the first draft of my first novel. Editing ahead. Watch this space…………
December 2015 – After a break in writing due to personal reasons my book is finally, properly finished – squeal!
August 2016 – It has been a whirlwind few months. The Sister was published on July 7th and has already reached no.1 in the UK and Canadian Amazon charts, No. 1 on iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller. Somebody pinch me! (Or don’t – if this is a dream I really don’t want to wake up).
October 2016 – The Sister spent over 5 weeks at No. 1 in the UK and has been nominated for the Goodreads Debut of the Year 2016.
December 2016 – The Sister is the 6th biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016 – can’t believe it – especially as it wasn’t released until over halfway through the year. It’s going well. Too well I think in moments of panic!
December 2016 – My second novel The Gift is released and has gone straight to No.1 in the UK!!! It’s also No. 1 in Canada and on the USA Today Bestsellers list. Feeling so blessed.
January 2017 – The Gift was Christmas and New Year No. 1 and 5 weeks later is still there. The Sister is still in the UK top 100 6 months after release. Itching to burst into song and have fake snow fall. A real dream come true.
July 2017 – A year after publication The Sister is still in the psychological fiction top 100 (along with The Gift).
July 2017 – The Surrogate, my third novel was released for preorder and within a week hit the top 40 on Amazon UK, and the top 10 in psychological thrillers, 3 months before publication.
JULY 2017 – Amazon have just released their 6 month report & The Gift is the 3rd biggest selling ebook of 2017 so far and all 3 books are in the top 100 Psychological fiction chart.
AUGUST 2017 – Sphere (Little, Brown) are republishing The Sister & it will be available in retailers for the first time on 24th August 2017.