If she could speak to them, she would say they have exploded her heart, released firecrackers through her senses. She wishes she could call the police, the ambulance, the fire brigade, to arrest and anaesthetise and waterboard the bastards.
So what happens when your husband runs off with your best friend? When you discover the dead body of an old man halfway through your delivery round? When your house is burgled and you get beaten up? Doris, Andy and Colleen are about to find out. They’re also about to discover that you can find friendship and support in the oddest of places…
Heart-rending, humorous and above all authentic, Distorted Days is an exquisitely written account of the ways in which life can knock you off our feet – and how you can pick yourself up again. If you’ve experienced the fickleness of fortune, this is a book that you’ll never forget.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I have an office at home where I do most of my writing with my faithful friend Maddy beside me (see photo below). First thing in the morning I walk the dogs and use my phone to record ideas as they come to me. When I need a break from the office there’s a lovely coffee shop in Shrewsbury where I sometimes sit with a coffee, note pad and pen or Shrewsbury library which is a beautiful historic building – one of the main settings in my novel!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really. I tend to write quickly to get the content down and then worry about the editing later, otherwise I think there’s a risk of writer’s block. I’m quite disciplined so start writing almost as soon as I get up and through the day.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Noting very exciting I’m afraid – lots of water.
– What is your favourite book?
What an impossible question to answer! I read across a huge range of genres and always have done. I’d say The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’ve written a suspense/thriller which is being beta-read at the moment, and a third novel in the pipeline is also a thriller. In addition to that I’m working on a novella-in-flash at the moment and a poetry anthology!
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not really, but there must be elements of people I know in my characters.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes, I do and I use my phone as well.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not a big reader of science fiction.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Ted Hughes – but you’d have to bring him back from the dead first!
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I am a home-bird but I love the sea so I’d say Greece.
Thank you, Louise Worthington and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Louise is the author of ‘Distorted Days’ and ‘Rachel’s Garden of Rooms.’ ‘The Entrepreneur’ will be available later in 2020. ‘The Thief’, a short story published by Park Publications, is available to download Louise Worthington’s website.
Before writing full time, Louise worked mainly as an English teacher after getting a degree in Literature and later, studying business and psychology at Masters level.
Louise grew up in Cheshire and now resides in Shropshire.