Louise and Michael were married for 20 years. He died September 2016.
The Chief Inspector Gamache books have found a world-wide audience, won awards and ended up on bestseller lists including the New York Times’. Louise says Gamache was inspired by her husband, a kindly, thoughtful, generous man of courage and integrity.
She lives outside a small village south of Montreal, quite close to the American border
Louise: I have a general idea of the theme of the books. My books are absolutely crime novels, but are not, primarily about the crime. That’s an act, not a theme. So, yes, I have some idea of the plot…who died, who did it, and the why. And the over-arching theme. But that can change as the book goes along
Louise : The first draft….which is always a mess, as I explore ideas that don’t pan-out, new characters who don’t work, plot lines that whither. I generally have four or five drafts, as I try to pull it all together, and work on structure, pacing, themes, character evolution. So yes, the first draft is hellish….and smelly.
Louise: Every character was inspired by someone I care about….but that’s the DNA, their actual development is theirs alone.
Lizzie: Kingdom of the Blind is the 14th in the series. Have you ever felt that you would like to try something different? A stand alone, or a new series. Is there any character in your head that is longing to get out?
Thank you, Louise, for taking the time to talk to chat to me. Thank you!
Still Life (2005)
Dead Cold (2006). aka A Fatal Grace
The Cruellest Month (2007) aka The Cruelest Month
The Murder Stone (2008) aka A Rule Against Murder
The Brutal Telling (2009)
Bury Your Dead (2010)
The Hangman (2010) (Novella)
A Trick of the Light (2011)
The Beautiful Mystery (2012)
How the Light Gets In (2013)
The Long Way Home (2014)
The Nature of the Beast (2015)
A Great Reckoning (2016)
Glass Houses (2017)
Kingdom of the Blind (2018)