Louise Hathaway

Biography

Louise Hathaway is a pen name of a husband and wife writing team. They write in several different genres including murder/ mystery; romance, travel, time travel, and literary criticism.

Smashwords Interview

We see that you are a husband and wife writing team. When did you decide that you wanted to write books together?
The Wife: For years, I'd been trying to get published on my own. I have a M.A. in English and spent my twenties at the post office mailing my short stories to various publishers with no success. About 3 years ago, on a lark, I began writing a murder/mystery about a group of librarians and what would happen if someone accidentally got crushed when the electronic compact shelving mechanism malfunctioned. How would my imaginary librarians react if they found the body? Would they accuse each other? Who would they think did it? I wrote about 6 pages and showed it to my husband. He liked it and I asked, "How would you like to write the rest of this book with me?" He kindly agreed and that's how we started writing books together. The Husband: I got inspired when my wife started writing eBooks. She graciously allowed me to add my ten cents worth into the books she was writing and the rest is history. I'm so lucky she's allowed me into her domain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The wife: I love bouncing ideas off each other. I am constantly amazed by some of the dialogue and ideas my husband comes up with. One of my favorite things to do is to sit out in our garden, have a glass of wine, and read to each other what the other has written that day. I always knew that my husband was a good writer (he seduced me with a poem he'd written about me). But I'm amazed by just how good of a writer he is and how much better he writes with each book. The husband: Forget what she said. She's the better writer. I'm just along for the fun ride. It's a joy to be creating our little works of art and then unleashing them onto the world!
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Books

Planning A Vacation? Why Not Chicago
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Free travelogue. I've always been fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright & the many craftsmen homes he designed there. I grew up listening to Chicago-style blues & longed to hear some Blues’ bands perform at the famous “Buddy Guy’s”. I've also been intrigued by Chicago’s colorful gangster past & wanted to see a live show at the Second City Improv. And then--there's the famous pizza! Who can say no?
Travelers In Time Aboard The California Zephyr
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,060. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Based upon real events, a group of modern day Amtrak passengers find themselves suddenly part of an excursion train in the 1860’s during the building of the transcontinental railroad. Come along as our characters try to adapt to their new world in post-Civil War Nebraska.
The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,690. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The drawing rooms of the Regency era are opened for us to view the world where Jane Austen left off when she wrote Pride and Prejudice in this novel about Mary Bennet, the plain middle daughter, as she compares herself to her beautiful sisters, tries to get her father to notice her, complains about her mother’s melodramatics, falls in love, considers a move to America, and becomes a writer.
The Oedipus Complex in D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Essay » Author profile
This scholarly essay is about Sons and Lovers, the strange story about a mother who smothered her son with possessive love and treated him like a substitute for her abusive husband. It also addresses what Lawrence thought of critics who claimed it was about the Oedipus Complex. I've included photos that were taken when I was at his birthplace in England & at his memorial in New Mexico.
Marriage in Pride and Prejudice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Literature » Literary criticism
This is a scholarly essay about marriage expectations in the Regency period as expressed in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It explores the different relationships between the sexes in the novel, and what the options were for women who were not yet married during this period. Including photographs taken during a Jane Austen pilgrimage to England, it's a must read for all "Janeites".
The Stolen Mask: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,380. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
What would happen if Nancy Drew met James Bond? Find out in this humorous, PG-Rated tale written for women baby-boomers who grew up loving Nancy Drew. Nancy Keene, a teenage sleuth, goes to London and stays in the same hotel as Daniel Craig (AKA James Bond) when his BAFTA award is stolen. Nancy channels Agatha Christie & Sherlock Holmes to help her solve the mystery of the stolen mask.
Honeymoon in New Orleans
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This romance novel/travelogue is about New Orleans, a favorite city that the writers have been in love with for over thirty-five years. Come along with their fictional characters Don and Isabella as they discover the wonders of New Orleans on their honeymoon. Learn about their favorite romantic spots, best places to eat, and best places to visit. This travelogue also includes helpful websites.
Watchin' The Detective: A Mystery Dinner Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,710. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Have you ever wanted to go to a mystery dinner theater where the audience has to figure out whodunit? That is where two lovers meet in this humorous & sexy romance novel. A librarian in her mid-thirties goes with her friends to a performance where an actual murder takes place & falls in love with the handsome investigating detective. Written by a man and a woman, it has something for both sexes.
The Body on Ortega Highway: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,640. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This psychological thriller about sexual obsession will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end. It's a riveting murder mystery about a female homicide detective who investigates the brutal murder of two teenage girls on a rural road in Orange County, California. Is the killer the same man who's been making upsetting phone calls to her? Does she know him? Will she be his next victim?
Nags, Sluts, and A Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City: Thomas Wolfe's Women in The Web and the Rock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story and was pleased to discover the best one in American Literature, in my humble opinion, in Wolfe’s long novel, The Web and The Rock. In that thinly-veiled self-portrait, Wolfe loves and captures the spirit of Aline Bernstein. In his extravagant rhetoric, he immortalizes her in his fictional character, Esther Jack.
The Summer of Love: A Trip Back to 1968
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
This humorous time-travel fantasy is about 2 sisters who are magically transported back to the 1968 Newport Pop Festival (an outdoor concert later described as “Orange County’s Woodstock"). Both sisters had attended the festival when they were teenagers. Despite of all the fun they've having, they're still plagued with the question, "How are we going to get back to 2014?"
Honeymoon In Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,770. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
While on her honeymoon in Savannah, Detective Clarissa Santy hopes to spend a quiet time with her husband in one of America’s most beautiful cities. She and her husband are both big fans of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, so they decide to make a pilgrimage to Savannah to see the sights mentioned in the book. Her time as a tourist is short-lived however when a famous chef is murdered.
Chasing My Roots: New World Finally Meets Old World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Genealogy
(5.00)
Do you love genealogy? If so, then this story is for you. Written by the grand-daughter of a Belgian immigrant who came to America in 1910, it describes her efforts to find and reunite with his family in Belgium after a breakdown in communication for twenty-five years. When she makes a pilgrimage to meet her relatives in the old world, they pull out all the stops and treat her like a movie star.
High School Reunion: You Can Go Home Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
How many of you go to your high school reunions hoping to see “the one who got away”? That’s what this PG-rated romance novel is all about. In this story, Danielle goes to her high school reunion hoping to see Sandy who had given her a poem he’d written about her on their last day of school. One of her biggest regrets is that she let him go away without telling him that she shares his feelings.
The Missing Bachelor Farmer: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Nancy Keene, a teenage sleuth, longs for the change in seasons since she and her father moved to Santa Ana, California from their home in upstate New York. She talks her father into taking a pilgrimage to Minnesota in search of fall foliage and Lake Wobegon and, while there, they end up as members of a search party when a bachelor farmer goes missing.
Murder At The Abbey: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,060. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this murder/mystery, a monastery in Orange County, California is shaken when one of its priests is murdered. Who would want to kill him? Tempers have been running high in Silverado Canyon ever since the abbey purchased land to expand on. Detective Clarissa Santy is trying to solve the murder, while she’s busy reintroducing her father to the world outside of prison.
The Ghost In The Plantation: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,080. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Do you like Nancy Drew? Do you like New Orleans? If so, you will enjoy this humorous and PG-rated story about a teenage sleuth that especially targets women baby boomers who grew up reading & loving the Nancy Drew series. The teenage sleuth in this story goes on vacation to the French Quarter and what starts out as a sight-seeing trip changes into a murder/mystery when a docent is murdered.
England in the Footsteps of Its Literary Giants
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00)
This travelogue explores the literary landmarks of England by visiting the birthplaces and environs of some of the best writers of the English language. In it, you will find the worlds of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, James Herriot, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare, to name but a few. One need not be an English Major to enjoy this book. All one needs is a yen to travel.
The Buried Treasure on Route 66: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,860. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Written as an homage to the Nancy Drew books, this humorous and PG-rated "mystery" especially targets women babyboomers who grew up loving the series. This book's main character is a “teenage sleuth,” very much like Nancy; but, its protagonist has just turned 18, has a boyfriend, and is ready to move out of her father's house. Will her father "let her go"? Find out in the trip on Route 66.
The Tustin Chronicles: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,310. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
This murder mystery, about a daughter's search for the truth behind her father's murder, is an homage to the books of T. Jefferson Parker that describe crime in Orange County, California. Focusing on Tustin in the early 1970's and 1990's, this book brings back the bygone days of tractor showrooms; hippies and head shops in Laguna Beach; and a packing house called "The Sunkist Cathedral".
Death Among The Stacks: The Body In The Law Library
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,960. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Why did an Inspector from the Government Printing Office get crushed between two rows of electronic compact shelving? In this murder/mystery, everyone seems to have a motive. It's an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit with multiple suspects whom the book's detective assembles together in one room in the last chapter for "the big reveal."

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Smashwords book reviews by Louise Hathaway

  • Divine Designs on Oct. 28, 2013
    (no rating)
    This book is a great combination of my two loves: art and poetry. Thanks for offering it for free.
  • What Would Happen If Erma Bombeck Bought A Vibrator? on March 04, 2015

    What a delightful little book! A very fun and easy read. I've always been an Erma Bombeck fan and this is an insprired yet hilarious tale of a modern day experience that I'm sure Erma would approve of and certainly laugh at. Told unabashedly from a first person account, it is tastefully written and will make you laugh out loud at the author's experience getting aquainted with a new addition to her sexual arsenal. I recommend this to all the Erma Bombeck fans out there and to any woman who has wondered about what it's like to get a vibrator. Looking forward to more from this author.
  • Pamela‚Äôs Love Collection on May 04, 2015

    A fun and delightful read. I especially liked the section on the three F's.