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Is LJ Ross the next J.K Rowling? Self-published former lawyer knocks Harry Potter off top spot

An independent female author has knocked JK Rowling off the top of the most read Amazon book charts.

Louise Ross, known as LJ Ross, from Northumberland, has reached the number one spot on Amazon’s new top 20 most read chart, with her mystery novel Penshaw, bumping JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix off the top spot.

Lawyer turned author Louise has self published all her books via Kindle and Amazon – with the first one being a crime novel called Holy Island, which was published in January 2015.

Since then, she has self published twelve more novels, all of which have been top three global bestsellers and a further nine number one UK bestsellers.

Her novel Penshaw, which is currently number one in the charts, is a another crime novel about a man who is burned alive in a sleepy mining village. 

She spoke to the Telegraph in 2015 about swapping law for writing and admitted that maternity leave meant she had time to write a book: ‘I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing for a while. Even before I was pregnant with Ethan, I hadn’t been enjoying my job as much as I had hoped. 

‘Being an author is everyone’s dream, but having my son gave me the space to consider it seriously. I had no expectations. I just wrote for the enjoyment of it, and kept it under my hat initially.’   

Amazon launched the charts last week – which are a weekly bestseller list that shares the most read and sold books across all formats.

It is the first ever bestseller list to measure which Kindle and Audible titles Amazon customers are reading and listening to most each week by looking at the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners. 

When Louise first starting writing, like many other wannabe authors, she received numerous rejection letters, so self published her first book without an agent or publisher.

She released  ‘Holy Island’ in 2015 it reached no.1 in the Kindle bestseller list and sold 70,000 copies.

During her writing career she has created two crime series – one around DCI Ryan now another based around the central character of Dr Alexander Gregory – a psychological profiler – which will be out at the end of the year. 

Her books, including Cragside, Dark Skies, Seven Bridges, The Hermitage, Longstone, The Infirmary, The Moor and Penshaw also reached no.1 in the Kindle charts before they were even released. 

Born in Northumberland she studied law at King’s College, University of London and went on to work in London, before she became pregnant and embarked on her writing career.  

All her self published novels are available in e-book, paperback and audiobook via Amazon. Louise is also writing a selection of romantic suspense novels with strong female protagonists which will be published in 2020.  

The author beat books by Stephen Fry, Jenny Eclair and George RR Martin to triumph in this week’s most read list too.

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