Hello and welcome to my website. I am Louise Allan — mother, doctor, and, more recently, writer. I’m currently tucked away in my attic writing my first novel, which has the working title ‘Ida’s Children’. It is the story of two sisters, one who is childless, watching on as the other bears child after unwanted child. Both are forced to give up their dreams. You can read an excerpt here.
2013 was an exciting year in terms of my writing: I was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship for 2014 to continue work on my novel; two of my stories, ‘Metaplasia’ and ‘Neil and Dad and Me’, were published in the anthology ‘Jukebox’ (Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group, November 2013); and I started this blog.
On my blog, I write lots about my childhood, which wasn’t always happy. I also write about my own family and parenting, as I’m determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. There’s quite a few Book Reviews, particularly by female Australian authors. There’s some pieces on my past life as a doctor and on writing and creativity. Sometimes, I muse about topical issues. (Be warned: my opinions aren’t always popular!) If you’re a writer, I have written about my writing process in Toss the Plan and Trusting My Voice. Oh, and I try to keep readers up-to-date with the progress of my novel!
Life here in the attic can be pretty lonely, so I love it when people comment — that’s a hint!
Thanks for popping in.