Louise Carey pub­lishes a novel at 15

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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.

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