Beginner’s Pluck

LOUISE MILLAR

Louise’s first love was music. As a teenager she started up bands. After college, she worked as a production manager for music magazines in London, before expanding into travel and feature writing. A feature editor for magazines, she eventually became a senior editor for Marie Claire.

“I interviewed really interesting people, and became fascinated in psychology, and on how people lived after trauma.”

Louise then set up a business, ghost writing and producing memoirs for “ordinary” people.

Who is Louise Millar

Date/place of birth: 1965/Glasgow, Scotland.

Education: Kent College, Canterbury. Oxford Polytechnic, book publishing and education.

Home: North London.

Family: Married to a head teacher, with two children.

The Day Job: Writer and Journalist.

Hobbies: Travel, Photography and Filmmaking.

Favourite Writers: Cormac McCarthy; Anne Tyler.

Second Novel: “It’s called Accidents Happen. It’s a psychological thriller, set in Oxford, about a young widow with a child, who lives her life in a state of constant anxiety.

Top Writing Tip: “The best advice I’ve had, was ‘make yourself write for an hour before you stop’. I used to scribble and think it was rubbish. I write for an hour, something happens, and I find myself writing for six.”

Web: www.louisemillar.wordpress.com

Twitter: @l_millarwriter

THE DEBUT

The Playdate. Pan Macmillan, €8.99; Kindle, €6.21

Single mum Callie has few friends in London. She relies on her neighbour Suzy, who lives apparently happily with her husband and three young sons. When Debs moves to the area, Callie feels it’s time to expand her social circle, and she wants to go back to work. Can she trust others to care for her fragile daughter Rae?

“Working from home, I arranged play dates for my children. But I didn’t know the local parents well. You had to put your instinct into who you could trust. I was anxious around it, and realised it would make a good plot for a thriller.”

The Verdict: Clever and scary. Millar plays with the darkness beneath apparently normal lives.

— Interviewed by Sue Leonard


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