Louise Lee had a proper job once but gave it all up to become a private investigator. Her debut novel, THE LAST HONEYTRAP, is based on her own experiences in the seedy and often comical world of private investigation. With all her skill as a writer, Louise has given some humble and personal advice for those of you who know they have a book in them:
‘Writing began as therapy for me. I was teaching abroad and horribly homesick. To fill the time, I wrote short stories. When I say short stories, I mean I wrote a few paragraphs here and there, observational musings, which I think is how a lot of writers start their love affair with words. In truth, however, writing whole paragraphs was jeté-ing before I could walk. In the beginning, creating one great sentence should be your sole aim.
The hundreds of pages that constitute a novel are overwhelming. As is the decade it can take to write anything worthy of publication. It’s any wonder anybody contemplates writing a book at all. My advice for the beginner, therefore, is preparation. Publication is not going to happen overnight, you’ve got time to perfect your skill. Learn how to write excellent sentences. A funny one, a sad one, a menacing one. There’s no way around it. The story you have within you is never going to get written if you’re not brilliant at working with words in short bursts. Whether you’re by the pool, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, the perfect sentence is your objective.
Sentence fact: a good book is composed of an awful lot of them.
So at the start, put paragraphs, structure and plot firmly to one side. Your sentences are your voice. When it’s honed, only then read a good how-to book, because you’re ready to move on – sort of. That said, eighteen years on, I play with sentences all the time, it’s as remedial as Candy Crush or Sudoku.
If, however, this level of obsession doesn’t float your boat, then maybe writing isn’t for you. Maybe you’re a natural born reader – in which case, sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our therapy. In truth, you’re my very favourite kind of person.’
The Last Honeytrap – by Louise Lee
If you love to curl up with Miranda Dickinson or Marian Keyes, then Louise’s latest feat THE LAST HONEYTRAP will delight you with its rapid-fire, irreverent humour. Here is a small snippet from the book to whet your appetite:
‘Scot ‘Scat’ Delaney is a world famous jazz singer. He has ample opportunity to stray and his girlfriend, Alice, needs to know she can trust him.
Introducing Florence Love, Private Investigator.
Florence has just ten days to entrap an A-Lister. Whilst sticking to her cardinal rule:
One kiss, with tongues, five seconds – case closed.
A master of body language, evolutionary science and nifty disguises, her approach is unconventional, her success rate excellent. But targets are rarely as beautiful as Scat. Never fall for the target.
That is very bad form indeed.’
We hope that the wise words of fantastic author Louise Lee and her most recent novel THE LAST HONEYTRAP have helped and inspired you to try your hand at writing your very own novel.
The Last Honeytrap is out now to download for your e-reader, and the paperback is out on 4th June – if you can wait that long! For more insight into the main character, Florence’s, thoughts and musings check out her Facebook page