Louise Carey publishes a novel at 15
tells the story of a teenager, Tasha, whose mother finds a new boyfriend intent on being the father figure she never had — whether she likes it or not. But Tasha has her blog, Blabbermouth, as the ultimate weapon.
One of the youngest published writers in the industry, Louise co-wrote the novel with her father, Mike Carey, a comics writer nominated for a prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, and the author of the Felix Castor novels. But it was his daughter who masterminded most of the storylines. She tells People: “I had been playing with a few ideas and had a couple of unsuccessful ones. In
SHE IS only 15, but Louise Carey is already making a name for herself in the competitive world of graphic novels. A Year 11 pupil at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in Barnet, North London, Louise has just published her first graphic novel, and is already thinking about her next opportunities in the comic-book industry.
Her book, Confessions of a Blabbermouth, fact, I am not sure where the idea came from — just that I wanted to write something about family life.”
Passionate about writing, Louise’s works include The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive and the novelin-progress Bethany’s Words. So where does she get her inspiration? “By all sorts of random things. The main problem I have is that I get inspired, but then have a better idea before I’ve finished the last one, making it difficult for me to finish what I’ve started. It’s one of the reasons that I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to write Blabbermouth -— it was a good lesson for me about commitment.”
Confessions Of A Blabbermouth (Minx) is, if all works out well, just the start of a comic book writing career for Louise. “I get annoyed, as there is a lot of prejudice when it comes to comics. People thing that graphic novels are only for kids, but this isn’t the case at all and I would like to write more.” She also writes short stories.
Louise lives in High Barnet, North London, and is a member of Southgate District Reform Synagogue.