Welcome, friends, to The Dragonspire!
I’m Louise, a fantasy/sci-fi/superhero writer of stories with LGBTQIA+ romances. I love dragons, Merlin, and dairy-free chocolate. This writing thing? I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.
When I was 11 my English teacher told me I had a talent for writing. It stuck with me, and in that same year I wrote my first book, ‘Grim Fandango 2,’ based on a puzzle solving video game! I love great stories, whether they be in books, TV, films or games.
I’ve written over 52 short stories, but I’m still trying to master the art of finishing a novel. At the moment I’m working on three first drafts, The Frozen Rose, Dragonspire & Merlin: Second Chance. (links to shiny project pages to follow when I stop procrastinating by adding dragons to my profile pic! For now they link to excerpts/project updates.)
Second Chance, an Arthurian legend/Merlin retelling set after Camlann, is the story I’m working on most, and I’ll self publish it one day 🙂
I’m currently taking a break from the blogosphere, as my MA in Creative Writing ruined the fun of writing stories. I’m on an epic quest to rediscover the writer I used to be.
I blog about fantasy stories, magic, dragons, and anything that interests me or influences my writing. Expect short stories, gushing over TV (historical drama, superheroes, anime, and animated films like The Flash, Arrow, Merlin, Psych, Sherlock and Fullmetal Alchemist) and medieval history, with occasional posts on gaming, drawing, photography, cooking, and books I’m reading. I’m also a crazy fangirl and adore fanfiction. (Dedicated TV/Film fandom page to come!)
Everyone has a favourite film, right? One they put on when they’re feeling down and snuggle under a blanket with hot cocoa? Mine’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ (Just don’t talk to me about Hidden World: It’s not canon!). I’ve always loved dragons, and my Dragonspire WIP has dragon riders!
I adore great characters: If I love them I love the story. If I don’t, no matter how good the plot/world building is, I’m done, DNF! Strong characters can drive a narrative, and years later I’m still gushing over the video game Star Ocean 3, despite a crazy plot!
Speaking of gaming, I’ve devoted hours to Japanese RPG’s like Tales of Vesperia. I also love Dead by Daylight, Borderlands, and 7 Days to Die (open world survival games are awesome!). I was hyped for a PC release of the Final Fantasy VII remake, as I loved the original, but I’m not sure it’s happening!
I have a BA in history, focused on pre-medieval, medieval, and landscape archaeology, including castles! I spent a lot of time daydreaming in lectures and plotting fantasy stories with kings, queens, knights and sword fights. I also spent far too much time researching Arthurian legend, which wasn’t even on the syllabus: A helpful tangent considering my current work in progress! I also have an MA in Creative Writing, but for the most part it was a waste of time and we don’t talk about that.
I live in a small town on the east coast of the UK, where it rains nine months out of the year and is foggy the other three. I love visiting the beach, especially when writing and looking for inspiration, being taken by surprise by great stories, ‘shipping’ couples that aren’t canon, and taking pictures of all the pretty scenery I can find!
I believe the best stories inspire, and my dream is to publish stories just like that. Stick around, be inspired, and by all means feed the dragons. But beware the magic. It’s out of control!
Thanks for visiting 🙂
PS: Make sure you say hello to Merlin, my fluffy writerly companion! He loves attention.