Interview with YA thriller author Louise Cypress

cover for quick fixMy special guest today is author Louise Cypress and we’re chatting about her new young adult thriller, Quick Fix.

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Quick Fix is on sale for $.99 during the book tour.

Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire or a mermaid, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. She can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion.

Louise is from San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.

Do you want to know a secret? Her real name is Jennifer Bardsley!

Jennifer writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald and is the author of the young adult novels Genesis Girl, Damaged Goods, Narcosis Room, and the Fight or Flight and Puritan Coven series.

She lives in a book-filled house near Seattle with her family, and poodle, Merlin.

Welcome, Louise, please tell us a little bit about your current release.
Three teens are caught in a bioterrorism plot to destroy Seattle involving a diet drink that kills.

After accidentally breaking up with her boyfriend, Marley is ready to do anything to get her life back on track. When a new health clinic called Quick Fix opens in Seattle offering probiotic elixirs that supposedly burn off extra weight, Marley becomes their willing victim. After her first treatment, she loses five pounds in one week—and becomes so sick that she faints at work. But Marley is thrilled with the results, especially knowing that her ex-boyfriend is mobbed by girls every day.

When Marley’s best friend Ellie finds out the truth about Marley’s sudden weight loss, Ellie is concerned for her friend’s safety. Ellie knows better than anyone that there’s no such thing as a quick fix, but Marley’s not so sure. For Marley, the risk seems worth it—until the elixir takes control. By the time Marley discovers the truth about Thin Shot, she’s almost dead, and the only person who can save her is the last person she thought she could trust.

Melt away unwanted pounds with a probiotic elixir.
Thin Shot—the diet drink that kills.

What inspired you to write this book?
I love reading books that mix romance with page-turning adventure. In QUICK FIX, the main characters grapple with issues that a lot of us face such as body positivity versus body shaming and financial independence versus lack of funds. I hope QUICK FIX is entertaining and thought provoking.


Excerpt from Quick Fix:
When Katie had died in the Korean spa, I was helpless. But now I wasn’t.

Push. Push. Push.

If Pansy died, it wasn’t because I didn’t try to save her.

Push. Push. Push.

I spent the last four years being helpless. Letting my parents do whatever they wanted to me.

Push. Push. Push.

But I was my own person now. I wasn’t the victim anymore. I was the person who took charge of her own life.

Push. Push. Push.

The door that led to my parents’ room burst open and Mom rushed in. Dad was behind her, pulling a crash cart. Sly held a camera and a boom mike.

“Ellie!” Mom cried. “We just got your text.”

“Keep going with the CPR,” Dad told me. “Don’t stop until we tell you too.” A minute later the pads were on Pansy’s chest and Dad yelled, “Clear!”

I sank back on my heels while the machine brought Pansy back to life. My arms felt like wet noodles. I looked up at the clock. I’d been doing chest compressions for over twenty minutes. No wonder I was exhausted.

“Well done, Ellie,” said Mom with pride in her voice. She pointed to the blinking lights on the monitor that showed Pansy’s vital signs flashing. “You saved Pansy’s life.”

I looked from Pansy, to the monitors, to the closed in walls of the Narcosis Room. The last time I was here I was a victim.

But now, I knew I was a hero.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve written for over a decade but it wasn’t until I first saw my name in print as the “I Brake for Moms” columnist for the Daily Herald of Everett that I considered myself to be a writer. Receiving my first paycheck made that feeling even stronger.  Now, with multiple books published under my real name, Jennifer Bardsley, and my pen name, Louise Cypress, it’s much easier for me to look in the mirror and say: “You are an author.”

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I am a full-time writer with three books coming out in 2021: Quick Fix published under the name Louise Cypress, and Sweet Bliss and Good Catch, published under the name Jennifer Bardsley.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I enjoy chewing gum while I write because it keeps me from mindlessly snacking.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My childhood dream ranged from being a lawyer, to being a judge, to being a teacher, and yes, to even becoming an author.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to leave an Amazon and/or Goodreads review. Those really help!

It’s been a pleasure having you visit today.

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