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Meet Louise from The Deception

We’ve all known people who are sweet as pie to your face, only to plunge a dagger into your back when you least expect it. They say with friends like that who needs an enemy. Unfortunately, they don’t come with warning labels, and they can fool the best of us.

Meet Louise Dickenson, one of the antagonists in my contemporary romance novel, The Deception. Louise is more than happy to be your friend, provided you have something of benefit to her. This makes her a great antagonist as she’s the kind of woman we love to hate.

Louise is a semi-retired commercial photographer. Years before, she worked with Carrie, who was then a child model. The two forged a friendship which would last for decades. Louise later inspired Carrie to become a commercial photographer herself, mentoring her and helping her become successful.

Louise is now an art photographer. She’s picked up a private commission for a series of a female nudes. She also has a show coming up at a local art gallery, and plans on including the nude photos. First, however, she needs a model. Knowing that Carrie is currently down on her luck, she offers her old friend a well paying modeling gig. Carrie hesitates, but Louise skillfully calms her fears by convincing her that she’s really trying to help her. The experience, however, will leave Carrie feeling manipulated and exploited, and as the story unfolds, she’ll discover that Louise was never her friend.

Louise is a fictitious character, loosely based on a family member who was also a master manipulator.

Marina Martindale


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