As Louise Byres and Louise Burfitt-Dons!
First published as a freelancer at twenty-three in She magazine reporting on working as a night-time London minicab driver with no sense of direction and a car more suited to the scrap heap than city roads. Observations from personal experience have been the basis of my journalism and social commentary ever since.
The Bay Street Theatre in Sydney staged my first play The Counsellor in 1986 after which I wrote more bittersweet comedies A Christmas Riddle, Mixed Marriages Painkillers I toured Sydney Leagues clubs with my three-hander spy spoof The Valentine Card which comprised ninety minutes in rhyming verse. Forgive the pun, but a lot of fun. I was the scriptwriter for sitcom pilot Rock Hard for Taffner Ramsey in 1989.
My non-fiction book How to Catch a Man was published in 1991 by Ashley Books in the US. It was a combination of personality type study and family wisdom. My daughter has written an updated version and a film script is in preparation with the same name. Long live love.
Act Against Bullying is a series of fifty monologues I wrote in 2000 to lift the lid off some insidious practices driving children into suicidal despair. Schools have used them as classroom aids and performance pieces. They’ve inspired kindness campaigns in the UK, US, Australia, Thailand and Canada. This was the starting point for a national charity of the same name which has been helping combat bullying ever since.
Has the women’s movement become too divisive? My manifesto and historical study Moderating Feminism is a foray into these issues.
I was a co-writer on Triventure’s Bermuda thriller Maternal Secrets (originally Mother of All Secrets) winner of 4 awards including best feature in California Women’s Film Festival 2018 starring Kate Mansi and Kelly McGillis. I was nominated for a screenplay award at the Southampton Film Festival 2018. My script The Ex Next Door, Cartel renamed Your Husband Is Mine. ‘Quintessential Lifetime ‘The New Yorker
I wrote Christmas In the Highlands filmed in Glamys Castle for the terrific team at Triventure.
I am the author of a terrorism thriller series featuring British PI Karen Andersen. In the first book The Missing Activist she goes undercover to investigate a missing political activist. In The Killing of the Cherrywood MP, out shortly, she’s tackling the problem of the Far Right.
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Moderating Feminism first off covers the history of the movement from the Contagious Diseases Act to the implications of today’s sharia courts. Have we moved forward? The subject has always been fraught with contradictions. The Great War caused infighting over whether...
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Conspiracy thrillers are books which centre on the conflict between the lead character and the source of the conspiracy. The story starts off with either a meaningless crime. The person investigating notices something out of kilter and digs deeper. There’s...