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Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 54: Louise Fein: Sometimes a conversation stays with me long after the interview. That was the case with novelist Louise Fein, whose book People Like Us (Daughter of the Reich in the U.S.) is out in May. We talked of her family’s escape from Germany in the thirties, her rediscovering a history she didn’t know, and staking claim to a voice about a place—and a culture—to which she is forever connected.

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About Louise Fein

Louise Fein was born and brought up in London. She harboured a secret love of writing from a young age, preferring to live in her imagination than the real world. After a law degree, Louise worked in Hong Kong and Australia, traveling for a while through Asia and North America before settling back to a working life in London.

She finally gave in to the urge to write, taking an MA in creative writing, and embarking on her first novel, People Like Us (named Daughter of the Reich in the US and Canada edition). The novel was inspired by the experience of her father’s family, who escaped from the Nazis and arrived in England as refugees in the 1930’s.

Louise lives in the beautiful English countryside with her husband, three children, small dog and the local wildlife who like to make an occasional appearance in the house. Louise is currently working on her second novel.

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