Hi, I'm Louise. I am passionate about writers and writing. I am a certified book coach and co-author of three books of memoir and biography. I was also an opinion writer, editor, award-winning journalist and war correspondent at the London Sunday Times and USA Today.
I became a book coach and memoir writer because of what happened on a vacation beach in the US Virgin Islands. My husband, a once-brilliant Washington Post foreign correspondent, was descending into dementia. He said he knew he could not write the memoir he had begun. Time had run out on his brain. I promised I would write it for him. We had met as Cold War Moscow correspondents, and it was my story too, one of love enduring through injustice. A wonderful editor coached me as I wrote the memoir -- even though, as a lifelong journalist, editor and author, I thought I already knew how to write one. How wrong I was! He taught me memoir's essential rules, structure and storytelling. The Inconvenient Journalist was bought and published monhs before I expected it to be.
I made it my mission to do the same for other writers. I went through rigorous training to become a certified book coach, building on my lifetime of writing and editing. A book coach is like a sports or life coach for books. As your book coach I will be by your side, part editor, part mentor, giving you guidance, feedback, cheering your progress, always telling you the truth about your writing and keeping you on track.
More about me: My life and work have taken me all
over the world. Born in the UK, I grew up in Uganda and Kenya, and studied at the universities of Lancaster (UK) and Paris. I have worked in the UK, Spain, France, Switzerland, Russia, Taiwan, China, the former Yugoslavia and the USA. I speak several languages. My permanent home is just outside Washington DC but I am living for now in Thailand where I brought my sick husband for compassionate care. I am writing a memoir about that -- with a book coach, of course. I would never now dream of writing any other way. I would love to be your book coach on your writing journey.