Hi, my name’s Louise Cusack and I’m an Australian award winning author whose best-selling Shadow through Time fantasy trilogy with Simon & Schuster was selected by the Doubleday Book Club as their ‘Editors Choice’. In 2012 this trilogy was released digitally by Pan Macmillan along with three Hapless Heroes contemporary romantic comedies published by Flirt Press. My website for readers is here.
As well as writing novels, I’ve been a Writer in Residence at the Queensland Writers Centre and have tutored over 100 writing workshops for various organisations: the Qld Writers Centre, the NSW Writers Centre, local councils, libraries and schools in Brisbane and regional Queensland. I’ve also done manuscript assessments for over 200 clients and have conducted writing retreats and residencies working with writers in the genres of fantasy, romance, erotica, young adult, action adventure, memoir, literary fiction and women’s fiction. In 2012 seven of my clients were accepted for publication by major Australian and International publishers.
I’ve presented the Queensland Government’s Queensland Writing Showcase to top New York speculative fiction agents and publishers at the very swanky 21 Club in New York, attended the South Australian Film Commission’s Crossover think tank in Adelaide to create cross-media ideas and develop projects, and in 2013 I participated in the interactive media innovation [imi] project which paired ‘creatives’ (writers, acrobats, musicians) with computer games companies for mutually beneficial residencies.
I’m Brisbane born and raised, but a few years ago I ran away to a gorgeous seaside village at the southern tip of the Great Barrier reef where I eat delicious fresh local produce (the strawberries are divine!), listen to the ocean, and write up a storm. Below is a picture of my favourite thinking spot!