Notes on my family

‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices....
About me


Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am an author living in Hertfordshire, just north of London.

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'A warm, witty and moving look at one complicated family and the girl at the heart of it. Full of sincerity, intelligence and hope.’

- Anna James, a case for books.

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Thoughts on writing

Fifteen quotes about writing from women writers

‘I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.’ Jane Austen    ‘Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.’ Margaret Atwood   ‘Male writers are thought of as…

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Thoughts on writing

How to get to the end of a first draft

As I approach the end of the first draft of of my new novel, I have been thinking about how and also exactly what it takes to get to an end of a first draft (other than sheer teeth-gritting determination and mountains of coffee).  I find that a lot of new writers have plenty of openings or half completed novels…

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Let’s work on your book

It’s time to take your writing seriously. Writing groups and workshops are great, as is showing your writing to your best friend, mum, cat, but there comes a time when you need to make a decision about how much you want to be a writer and how seriously you are going to take it. I am now offering a mentoring…

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Spring 2019 News

The sun is shining and there are daffodils on my mantelpiece. It must be spring! In February I attended the Bristol Teen Book Award reading party. I’d never been to Bristol before and fell in love with its hills, architecture, harbour, quirky cafes and colourful student vibe. I will definitely be returning to Bristol when I can. Not only did…

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#WriteMentor 2019

I am delighted to announce I am offering a writer the opportunity to work with me as part of this year’s #Write Mentor programme. #Write Mentor gives a pre-agented writer the chance to work with a published author.  I am offering one writer the chance to work with me on their query package which will include the first three chapters…

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