Louise Birkett wanted to be an author from the age of ten so she trained as a journalist to learn to write. She later moved into internal communications and has won numerous awards for her writing and editing. She lives in Leicestershire, England, near the heart of the National Forest. And because creativity comes in more than one guise, she also designs cross stitch patterns.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Between the ages of six and 10 I moved around a lot. The Bahamas and the Epping Forest were just two of the places I lived. I'm not sure it influenced my writing as such apart from giving me the sense that there are a lot of different experiences in the world. What the moving around did mean was that I did Henry VIII and his six wives in three different schools - that did lead to the subject matter in The Jenny Wilson Show because I liked studying them: by schools number two and three I knew I was good at them!
When did you first start writing?
I've always liked telling stories and I grew up in a house where reading was the entertainment of choice. I can remember sitting and writing my first novel at the age of 11. I'd already decided by that age that I wanted to be a novelist but I never finished that one. I realised you need a lot of words to write a novel and life experiences that, at the age of 11, I just didn't have. So, I decided to train as a journalist to a) learn how to write and b) because you get to meet a lot of people who have all sorts of experiences they share with journalists. I did plan it all out - the only thing I didn't factor in was that when you write all day it's often not possible to write at night as well. Or it is, but I'm conscious the standard isn't the same.
Welcome to The Jenny Wilson Show - post-life TV's first ever chat show with special guest stars Henry VIII and his six wives. Knowing what they know now would any of them marry him again? And why did no one realise that producing a TV show would release negative emotions into the post-life?