Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Next Big Thing by Louise Marley

I've been tagged by fellow writer Juliet Greenwood to participate in The Next Big Thing, where authors tell you all about their next book. So here goes.

What is the title of your book?

My new book is called Breathless. The heroine is Lainey Jennings, a diving instructor who is obsessed with finding a long-lost wreck called the Mary Eliza.

You can find the book on Amazon:

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Lots of different ideas collided to inspire me to write this book. The history of the Mary Eliza was loosely based on a real life ship called the Swan, which sank off the Isle of Mull in 1653. The idea of a warship sinking with its looted cargo came from the true story of the siege of Dundee in 1651. Although I expect my interest in wrecks really began with the raising of the Mary Rose, a Tudor warship which sank in 1545. As a child I remember watching on TV as her hull was finally brought to the surface after 437 years on the seabed.

I’m also fascinated by family history, and the way stories can become garbled as they are passed down through the generations. My grandfather used to love telling me tales about our seafaring ancestors, who had lived in the same Hampshire village for more than four hundred years. This gave me the idea for the character of Joseph Halfpenny, who is convinced he is descended from a notorious smuggler - even though he can’t actually prove it! Running alongside Lainey’s story I have included extracts from a journal written in 1695, which tells the story of this smuggler.
What genre does your book fall under?

My story is a blend of murder mystery and romantic comedy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Lainey is described as being small, athletic and with short black hair. If I were to choose an actress to play her, it would probably be Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White in Once Upon A Time.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I usually take a year to write a book.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Aren’t smugglers and shipwrecks enough? I’m also fascinated by celebrity culture and my books often have a character who is a celebrity. In this book it’s Zac Nelson, a marine archeologist and TV presenter, who is famous for his documentary series on shipwrecks.

The next author I’ve tagged to tell you about her new book is my fellow Novelista, Valerie-Anne Baglietto.


  1. The book sounds very interesting. Is it only available on Amazon exclusively? The reason I ask is we're a family of Kobo owners and so are many of my friends. Well, the odd one has a Sony ereader, but they buy from Kobo bookstore!

  2. Hi Pat! Thanks for your interest in Breathless. Unfortunately this particular book is only available as an ebook on Kindle, although my other books can be bought as paperbacks. I'm hoping it will be available in other formats at some time in the future. In the meantime, there is always the Kindle app, which can be downloaded from the Amazon store for use on PCs, laptops and smartphones.

    Sorry to disappoint you
    Louise x

  3. Thanks Louise.. will wait for it to be available everywhere. *fingers tightly crossed*
    Pat :) x

  4. I love reading how stories came about and this sounds fab! I recently read Why Do Fools Fall in Love and thoroughly enjoyed it - I really like your style - and am off to download this :)

  5. Thank you, Karen! I'm pleased you enjoyed reading Why Do Fools Fall In Love and I do hope you enjoy Breathless. I love finding out how writers are inspired too. We'll be having more Next Big Thing posts very soon from Annie Burrows and Trisha Ashley x


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