Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
I’m 25 and a writer, singer/songwriter and psychology student. I’m German but usually prefer writing in English because I find it easier to express emotions that way. I’m passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness and spreading kindness and understanding.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
Where can they be found?
Available as paperback or e-book on Amazon.
Do you have any current WIPs?
I’m currently working on a middle grade fantasy novel called ‘The Seers Sisters’ about two sisters who are witches. One is very powerful and very naughty, the other is no good at magic, but very kind.
How are they going?
It could be going better! I had to move towns and universities in October and my to-do list is longer than my childhood Christmas list. The first draft is finished but I haven’t had time to work on it further, though hopefully I will, soon.
What got you into writing?
My childhood was surrounded by mountains of books. I’ve loved stories since I could remember, and started making them up from when I was about five. My primary school teacher was excited about the first story I ever wrote. I figured I was good at writing, and I loved doing it, so I kept going.
What keeps you focused?
I care about the characters I write. I want to know what happens to them. It keeps me motivated and focused. In my old town I had a writing group, that helped a lot. NaNoWriMo support with writing sprints and their camps help a lot, too.
What gives you inspiration?
Reading usually gives me a lot of inspiration. Which is not to say I write anything like the book I’m reading. But just the act of reading or listening to a story gets my creativity going. I also have VERY strange dreams. My current WIP started out as a dream.
How do you battle writer’s block?
I don’t think I’ve really had writer’s block. Sometimes I get stuck on something, but then I just work on a different scene or different story or take a break. Taking a walk/riding a bike/taking public transport/taking a shower/washing the dishes can clear my head enough for new ideas or solutions to a writing problem.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
What made you make that choice?
My book was rejected by agents. Which I get. This book is very weird. It’s about ten-year-old quadruplets with superpowers who swear like sailors. It’s a book about kids but not for kids. It’s difficult to market and difficult to find the right audience for. BUT it’s good. It’s not perfect, not amazing, not the best book ever, but it is A GOOD BOOK. These girls deserve to be heard. They deserve to share their story. It’s a book that I myself love to read. I wanted it to be a real book. That’s why I decided to self-publish.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
It feels amazing!
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I’m very active on Twitter @LouiLae
You can also contact me via louisaellemind.com