Louise is a scriptwriter and author of children’s book The Girl Who Swallowed A Spider.
After a long career in laboratories Louise started writing fantasy stories for her son, and soon moved on to script writing for a children’s YouTube channel and creating fantasy driven TV pilots of her own.
Her love of world creation makes the stories she tell have a depth and complexity that will keep you hooked. Her pilots have been finalists in film festivals, and No More Gods – White Tiger was the winner of Best Script, at the Out Of The Can film festival 2018.
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Hear Louise discuss the world she's created in City Of Caves, on The Script Shop Show's Podcast.
An Interview with Louise
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Growing up in Eastwood, the only pilgrimage I have been on is the DH Lawrence tours of his old home. Though I would really love to visit the home of Roald Dahl… I have been past his old school in Repton, but I'm not sure that counts.
What is the first book that made you cry?
I suppose for me, like many I imagine, it was Charlotte’s Web. I still have a soft spot for spiders…
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I’m dyslexic so the very act of reading and writing does physically tire me more than it would someone without dyslexia, that said, mentally I always feel energized and excited while writing.
Have you ever suffered reader’s block?
Yes, I keep trying to read We Need To Talk About Kevin, but I just can’t, it’s still sat on my nightstand.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
No, I am happy to be known as a writer, especially as a woman I feel it is important that more women are seen to be writers.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Possibly, but I think that empathy is extremely important, especially when you are writing characters as it gives you an insight as to how they would feel in a particular circumstance.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I know a few writers and poets, peer review is a very handy way of knowing if you are going in the right direction, or if you have indeed lost the plot a little. It’s always helpful to get an outside opinion and to take on board constructive criticism and use it to help improve your writing.
Where do you write?
Mainly at my desk in my lunch breaks, or on the dining table in an evening once all the household chores have been done and my little boy is finally asleep.
What is the most important aspect of building a great character?
For me I think it’s really understanding their motivation, why do they get out of bed each morning, what do they really want. If you start with this then the character can grow naturally with the story arc.
Name two writers that have inspired you and why?
Firstly, Roald Dahl, he was my first love and the reason that I love to read, because “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”. Secondly, Terry Pratchett, he taught me that just because I write fantasy it doesn’t have to be stale, it can be funny, poignant and very relevant to the real world.
Name two TV shows that have inspired you and why?
M*A*S*H, this was my favourite TV show of all time, possibly still is today, it was heartfelt and honest and downright sad. But they inspired something in me that made me want to be a doctor, the characters were perfect and flawed and relatable. And well Alan Alda…
And Doctor Who for sheer unadulterated escapism, I think any screenwriter aspires to write for a show as loved like this.
Was there a specific moment that made you start writing?
Yes, in 2013 I was officially diagnosed with dyslexia, something I have always known myself. While undergoing coping strategies training I was informed that my spelling was bad – shock – and told that the best way for me to remedy this was to write, I did, and I haven’t stopped. And it has improved my spelling if only a little…
Amuse Networks, YouTube Channel
Genre: Children’s short-form animation
Amber the Ambulance
42 - Tyler the Tyke 2 (Christmas) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HRGJeDrgI6I
23 - Flavy the Flatbed Truck https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LP0fhPv2aNk
32 - Tao the Tuk Tuk
38 - Carrie the Candy Car 2
56 - Jerry the Race Car 2
Toms Car Wash
67 - Francis the Forklift 2 (Christmas)
38 - Penny the Plane 2
43 - Katie the Kit Car 2
50 - Baby Frank 2
58 - Dane the Demolition Crane 2
67 - Francis the Forklift 2 - Christmas Special
68 - Baby Lily
76 - Dane the Crane 3
87 - Carry is making smoothies
79 - MUSIC in the MOONLIGHT
80 - Pigeons on the RUNWAY
116 - The Power Cut
130 - Avengers Special - The Avengers Save Jeremy
Babies in the City
20 - SUMMER Day
25 - The Baby CAR PATROL
33 - The Haunted Mansion!
39 – Friends
22 - Cherry Picker Truck
27 - The Hot Air Ballon Truck
TROY Series 2
40 - Mud Slide
43 - Troy The Lifeguard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4tYZJQE_a4&t=310s
55 - The Party Train
75 - Lord Byron Is Frozen into a Block of Ice! (REVIVAL) (Christmas) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHuJTzSjWso&t=383s
84 - The Lifeguard Train 2
Toms Paint Shop
53 - Baby Ben is a FLYING SAUCER
61 - Baby Tom is SANGOKU!
65 - Carrie is LADYBUG!
80 - Baby Charlie the Crane is BULBASAUR
87 - Ben is Godzilla
TROY Series 1
54 - Marley the Monster Truck 2 (Christmas) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QWMr6dqwKZw
74- Frank the Fire Truck 3
59 - Billi the Bulldozer 2
64 - Harvey the Harvester 3
56 - Water Skiing
80 - The Fire Plane Truck
Tom the Tow Truck
72 - Peter the Post Car 2
82 - The Beach
94 - Marley the Monster Truck 3
120 -Rockey the Rocket
129 - Frank the Fire Truck
109 - Baby Jerry the Race Car
115 - Lily the Bus 4
Zero2Hero: YouTube Channel
Genre: Factual Entertainment, Short Form
- 10 Carnivores Plants and Fact https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wi2EqWqsp4&t=10s
- Bizarre Sea Creatures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhT1FMVc8Fc&t=33s
- Top 10 Most Mysterious Places in Nature https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_htjCot_DQ
- Mass Migrations https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=8s&v=SPbOvZUjlYw
- The Rothschild Family
Blogs for Shore Projects, about the coastal life of the UK https://www.shoreprojects.com/blogs/news/wells-next-the-sea
The Girl Who Swallowed A Spider
Film Festivals, Fellowships and Competitions
CITY OF CAVES. TV Pilot.
All Genre Screenplay Contest, Officially Selected
The $2 Film Festival, Officially Selected
Chicago International Genre Film Festival, Officially Selected
Oaxaca FilmFest, Officially Selected
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival: Sci-Fi Horror Action, Officially Selected
TTP Screenplay Contest, Officially Selected
Script Shop, Officially Selected
Azure Lorica Aware Fest, Officially Selected
HCF Screenplay Competition, Semi-Finalist
OUT OF THE CAN FILM FESTIVAL, Finalist
INROADS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP, Finalist
Out of the Can Film Festival, WINNER Best Script
DEEP BREATH. Short Film.
The $2 Film Festival, Officially Selected
SIFF - Switzerland International Film Festival, Officially Selected
Reading for Ojai Film Festival 2018