Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Writer's Arresting Tale for Good Cause

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Writer's Arresting Tale for Good Cause

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Byline: Liz Hands Reporter jnl.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL bestselling crime author Louise Ross is helping to raise money for hospices which deliver care to children and adults with terminal of lifelimiting illnesses.

Louise, who writes under the name LJ Ross, has contributed an exclusive DCI Ryan short story to the Dark Minds anthology, alongside a number of other bestselling writers, with proceeds going to Hospice UK and Sophie's Appeal.

Sophie's Appeal was set up following the death of six-year-old Sophie Barringer, from Hampshire, who lost her fight against Wilm's Disease, a form of kidney cancer.

The little girl underwent chemotherapy and a major operation during which her heart was stopped so surgeons could remove tumours which had spread to her heart, liver and left kidney. Tragically, the cancer could not be beaten and Sophie died at home in 2004. Since then, her parents Lin and Mike Barringer have been tirelessly fundraising to provide support, treatment and research funding for childhood cancer.

Louise said: "I"m absolutely humbled by the work of Hospice UK and Sophie's parents, who are working so hard to create such an incredible legacy for their little girl. I'm thrilled to be able to help in a small way by writing a short story, especially for this anthology. I hope as many people as possible get a copy because not only is it for the most amazing causes, but there are some great reads in there."

The author is originally from Northumberland, worked as a city regulatory lawyer in London, and is now living in Bath with her husband James and their threeyear-old son Ethan.

She gave up a legal career to become a writer. Even though she was offered a traditional publishing deal, she turned it down to selfpublish through Amazon KDP and has now released four DCI Ryan thrillers, selling more than half a million copies in a couple of years, hitting the top of the Amazon bestsellers list each time. …

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