Louie Stowell

Louie Stowell started her career writing carefully-researched books about space, ancient Egypt, politics and science. Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good is her first project as both author and illustrator, inspired by her research into Norse myths.
Louie Stowell

What was your favourite childhood book and why?

Lord of the Rings because it was more than a book – it was an entire world, complete with made-up languages. I read it as a physical book, I listened to it as an audiobook, I watched the cartoon, I listened to the BBC audio play. It was a book to explore and immerse yourself in. I’m fairly sure I believed it was real for about ten years. Just that it happened long ago.

Which of your own books is your favourite and why?

My favourite is LOKI: A BAD GOD’S GUIDE TO RULING THE WORLD because it allows me to delve into Loki’s darker side. I also find that, the further I go into this series, the better I know the characters, so I can find even more personalised challenges to put in their way. There’s also a strong Tolkien connection with this book, as it’s about a cursed ring that has a habit of making someone’s life much, much worse.

Why do you choose to read? 

When I read it’s a bit like diving into a very deep ocean – misty and full of strange sounds. I tend to hear words rather than see them. When I read comics, I see AND hear, but when I read text-only books it tends to be mostly me hearing characters’ voices. I read to give my brain a holiday from reality but also to understand reality better, because I think ‘story’ is its own reality. Stories are alive to me, and reading is one way to get access to that other world.