It was standing room only for the launch of Louise Hutcheson’s debut novella “The Paper Cell” tonight at Waterstones in Byres Rd, Glasgow. Published by Contraband (Saraband’s dedicated Crime Imprint), “The Paper Cell” is the first in a new series of distinctive, standalone crime stories, each with a literary bent.
Over 70 people turned out to help Louise celebrate her launch and ably chaired by Alistair Braidwood of Scotswhayhae the evening did not disappoint! Kicking off with a reading, Louise ensured that the crowd were left desperate for more!
Louise explained her love of novella style writing which helps her, as a writer, to be focused and concise in her approach and also explained that her novella was more about the characters and what led them to the situation they found themselves in as opposed to the plot. She reassured her colleagues in the publishing industry that while the story may have parallels with modern publishing it was not based on her experience within the industry! She simply finds unpleasant characters much more intriguing to write about and Paper Cell certainly gives us a few of them! Lewis Carson, the protagonist is a particularly unpleasant man and despite wanting to dislike him Louise did feel a certain protectiveness of him as her main character and would find herself making excuses for his behaviour.
Of course, Louise is also an editor and so Alistair asked the question about her experience on the other side of the fence! She explained that her background did help her deal better with the editorial process and was able to understand that the editor was only there to help improve your work. Louise did admit, however, to being slightly stubborn as a writer throughout this process! Would this change her as an editor asked Alistair – Louise said it would make her kinder than ever before! To which the authors in the room who have worked with Louise before nervously laughed!
Louise assured the audience that while she might not have an epic novel waiting in the wings, “The Paper Cell” is not a one-off and there are certainly more characters and plots inside her head waiting to get out! I for one am looking forward to them and I kind of got the feeling that the rest of the audience felt the same too!
All too soon the event and the questions were over and of course, the chance to get my book signed!
I’ve read the book and can confirm that it is well worth spending the afternoon curled up on the sofa and losing yourself in this fabulous debut! You can read my full review here
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