I’m delighted to welcome the lovely and talented, Louise Voss, to the blog today as she shares her latest release with us, The Venus Trap. If you are on the lookout for an edgy, fast-paced psychological thriller, then I would certainly recommend this one. Over to you, Louise:
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
The Venus Trap has been described as ‘chick noir’: a claustrophobic page-turner about a woman held captive in her own bedroom, forced to look back at the wrong romantic decisions she’s made in the past – sounds dark, and it is, although it’s not without moments of humour and levity too.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Claudio, my villain, was my favourite to write because he’s so unbelievably messed-up and deluded. Writing him, I found there was a marked unpredictability to his actions, and I think that’s what makes him scary – Jo, my protagonist, can never tell if he’s going to be sickly-sweet and considerate (well, as considerate as you can be when you’re holding someone captive against their will!) or violent and aggressive. There are reasons for him being the way he is, but it doesn’t excuse what he does.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
In the last couple of years I’ve been greatly influenced by authors who also write dark ‘domestic’ dramas, such as Paula Daly, Louise Millar, Tamar Cohen, Louise Doughty, Rachel Abbott. I love reading those types of novels, and equally enjoyed writing one.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
There is a shameful number of piles of paper on my desk, but very little of it pertains to my writing, it’s almost all financial/household stuff. When it comes to my writing, all the mess is either inside my head or on Scrivener!
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Numerous teas and coffees. I love wine but never drink it and then try to work – my brain doesn’t work the right way when I’ve had a glass of wine! Plus, I would probably be asleep within minutes. Radio 2 is my constant companion (switching over to Radio 4 when certain particularly irritating DJs or songs are on…)
Please share your blurb with us.
Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.
She was wrong.
Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.
But Claudio has no intention of letting her go.
Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her.
Claudio, it turns out, is a man with nothing left to lose.
The Venus Trap tackles the emotional impact of divorce, the perils of modern dating and the age-old powers of lust and obsession.
“Louise Voss keeps her tongue firmly in her cheek as she ratchets up the tension in this rollicking, pacy thriller about a woman literally held captive by her past”.
Tammy Cohen, author of Dying For Christmas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Louise Voss has been writing for the past seventeen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack.
To Be Someone was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards in 2011. She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins.
Her first solo thriller, The Venus Trap, was published by Thomas & Mercer in February 2015, and her sixth co-written novel with Mark, The Blissfully Dead, will be out later in the year, a sequel to the successful From The Cradle (the first in the DI Patrick Lennon series, both also published by Thomas & Mercer).