Memoir Author

Louisa Deasey

I’ve always loved writing. Before the internet existed, I poured my pocket money into special stationery to send letters across the world. It wasn’t just writing and receiving letters I loved, it was the idea that words could travel across time and place, with nothing more than a stamp.

After finishing my studies at Melbourne’s RMIT, I worked at The Herald Sun newspaper and lifestyle magazines, before I went fully freelance, writing feature stories, interviews and columns for newspapers, magazines and websites for over ten years. I also lectured at my alma-mater, RMIT, on working as a freelance writer.

In twenty years, I’ve been published in hundreds of Australian and US magazines and publications including Vogue, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Life, Body + Soul, and many more… One of my career highlights during this time was interviewing Sir Barry Humphries for Sunday Life.

My first book, Love & Other U-Turns is a travel memoir published by Allen and Unwin and based on the year I spent writing fashion columns while living out of a car across Australia with my ex-boyfriend, a crude and crass outback comedian named Jimbo. On publication it was nominated for the Nita. B Kibble Literary Award and Cosmopolitan’s Fun, Fearless Female Award in the author category.

Link to Louisa Deasey’s webpage here