Louise grew up in Cheshire and attended the University of Liverpool. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics, she headed to London in 1986 and joined the BBC as a secretary. She soon moved to the radio sports department where she worked on Test Match Special along with producing, researching, archiving and writing scripts. She left there in 2001 to fulfil a long-held ambition to travel around the world, documenting her journey in words and images whilst on the road.
She re-located to Manchester on her return and after temping at the city’s Commonwealth Games, Louise worked in administrative jobs at the University of Manchester and Trafford Council before turning freelance as a writer and travel photographer in 2015.
Louise’s activities are restricted by rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease which she has had for more than thirty years. She tries, some days more successfully than others, to manage its major symptoms of joint pain, stiffness and fatigue through a combination of powerful drugs, diet, exercise and rest and sheer bloody-mindedness.
Louise is a member of Manchester Scribes and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She can be found scribbling her animal adventures in numerous cafes around south Manchester, but her favourite writing location is the café at the Hermitage Hotel in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand.