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Louise Marley

I was born in Southampton and, until I left home, I lived in a Victorian house with my parents and two younger brothers. The house had its own well, which was kept boarded up just in case my brothers or I took it into our heads to explore it. We had a couple of dogs, called Elliott and Lewis, who feature in A Girl’s Best Friend - along with the well! Their names also inspired a couple of highwaymen who appear in Breathless, Something Wicked and Murder at Ravenswood House!

I used to work as an admin officer for Hampshire Constabulary, which is why the characters in my books are often police officers.

I love visiting old houses (which usually end up in my books) and researching my family history. One branch of my family were fishermen and mariners, and they lived in the same Hampshire village for over 300 years. This inspired me to write Breathless. (You can read more about that here).

The first story I had published was a short story in Take a Break. It was about a dog (based on our own dog, Lewis) who liked to chase joggers. My first novel was published after I was a finalist in a competition run by Poolbeg Press to ‘Write a Bestseller’. This was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. My books have now sold over 150,000 copies, have been #1 in romance and romantic suspense and have spent over 7 months in the Amazon UK Top 100.

After living in a village just outside Bath (the setting for Why Do Fools Fall in Love) I now live in North Wales with my family.

I hope you enjoy reading my books!

Read more about me on my blog …

Writers Write

Or, what I really

do all day …

A Room of

One’s Own

From working in

a cupboard, to a view

of Snowdon

You can find more blog posts

if you click here


Wings to the Mind

How music inspires

and influences

my  writing

A Girl’s Best Friend

How I became a writer

& the inspiration behind

A Girl’s Best Friend

If you’d like to know more about my books,

and how I was inspired to write them,

head over to

Behind the Scenes