Louise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Vanishing Point, a YALSA Best Book of the Year nominee, a Bank Street College pick, a NY Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, and a Booksense Independent Booksellers Association choice; Waiting for Christopher, a NY Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age, and Rosey in the Present Tense, a Children's Book Council Best Book of the Year and YALSA Popular Paperback. She has published two collections of short fiction, Anteaters Don't Dream (University of Mississippi Press) and Black Pearls, a Faerie Strand (Houghton Mifflin).
Louise is on faculty with the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She also teaches in her home state of North Carolina at Meredith College's Focusing on Form, and at a summer writing retreat, Mainely Writing on Penobscott Bay, ME.
Winner of the New Jersey Author's Award and two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts, Louise helped found the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. In addition to appearances for the American Library Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, Associated Writing Programs, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Historical Novel Society, and the US Department of Education, she has served as Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico and lectured at the University of South Florida, Staten Island College, the University of NC at Chapel Hill, the University of NC at Charlotte, Meredith College, and Duke University.
Louise, who has also written nonfiction (Willem de Kooning, the Life of an Artist) and authored a picture book (Muti's Necklace), was published in literary journals before she began writing for young adults. Anteaters Don't Dream, a collection of her stories for adult readers debuted last year and is featured in this year's North Carolina Literary Review. Louise, who was chosen as the first Reading Initiative Author at the Mississippi University for Women last fall, has also served as a James Grisham Visiting Writer at the University of Mississippi. She reports that, in addition to giving a reading and sitting in on student workshops there, she dashed off a quick note to William Faulkner on his very own typewriter when she visited his grand old Oxford home!
Black Pearls, A Faerie Strand, Louise's latest short fiction collection, includes re-imaginings of seven familiar fairy tales. By telling these old stories from a new point of view, she finds a depth and darkness that makes them rich, compelling reading for adults (and older teens). Far from the sweetness of Disney or even the archetypal simplicity of the Brothers Grimm, these shorts have been characterized by reviewers as "twisted, clever and artfully written" (Booklist); "spellbinding" (compulsivereader.com); and "dark and daring" (Raleigh News and Observer). Louise hopes her book will help older readers dust off the magic lamp and find new power in fairy tales. "I wrote Black Pearls," she claims, "for everyone who dances without looking at the clock."
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