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From Love/Hate hooker to Booker as Susan gets busy penning new novel

Melanie Finn

Published 18/06/2014 | 06:28

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Susan Loughnane
Susan Loughnane

Love/Hate actress Susan Loughnane is following in the footsteps of Amy Huberman by writing her first book.

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And the Herald can reveal how the red-headed star has already secured her first publishing deal with Poolbeg as she proves she’s a multi-talented lady.

Susan worked as a top model before becoming an IFTA-winning actress and will soon be a published author.

But while the 27-year-old made her name playing the drug-addicted prostitute Debbie in RTE’s Love/Hate, her debut tome definitely won’t be a crime novel.

“No, it’s comedy. It’s funny because it’s not a typical genre of book that you would say is a comedy but there’s no other way to describe it because it’s not a romance. There is a bit of romance but it’s not the main storyline,” she said.

Passionate

“I have just met with my publisher about it. It’s a story that I’ve had in my head for the past six years. I’ve been writing for a really long time. Since before I started acting, I started writing this book.

“It just took a really long time to finish it as I keep getting distracted on projects but I’ve been really passionate about it for a really long time. I was like, I must finish this thing’.”

She freely admits she’s “terrified” at the reaction she’s going to get when it’s finally on the shelves.

“It’s in the process of being edited and all that and so far, people have said it’s good,” she said.

Although she hasn’t even let her mum read it yet, her long-term boyfriend David Doyle has read excerpts from it - and given it the thumbs-up.

“He has read bits. He’s very good, he’s so supportive and he doesn’t mess around. If something’s not good, he’ll tell it as it is,” she said.

Susan was a leading character in three series of Love/Hate which saw her play the part of gangster’s moll Debbie opposite TV hunks including Killian Scott and Aidan Gillen.

Viewers watched her die from a heroin overdose in a particularly harrowing episode from the fourth series of the hit show.

The former model has gone on to appear in TV soap Hollyoaks, playing the part of young, fun-loving Irish mum Chloe.

She also appeared in Loving Miss Hatto for BBC as well as feature film The Food Guide to Love.

One lady with lots of ambition, she appeared in cycle six of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model back in 2010.

However, it wasn’t exactly a positive experience for the flame-haired beauty as she revealed how she felt “victimised” during the reality programme.

In an unusual twist, judges Grace Woodward and Charley Speed called into the models’ house unexpectedly. They informed the girls that one of them would be leaving the house immediately as they didn’t reckon that contestant had any future in the show.

They then announced that Susan had been selected to leave. She had been described as “corpse-like” during a casting by Models One bookers Julien and Fraser Bell.

However, her career did take off as a result of appearing on the show as she was inundated with job offers both here and across the water.

renowned

Despite all her modelling experience, she cites acting as her main passion as she carries on building up a name for herself.

A trained actress who learnt all the tricks of the trade at the renowned Lee Strasberg acting school in New York, she went on to land a part on TV drama Single-Handed before nabbing a role in Love/Hate.

She was first introduced to viewers as gang leader John Boy’s young girlfriend in the second series.

After John Boy’s murder, she spiralled further into drug addiction and by series three was working in a brothel while having an affair with gang member Tommy, played by Irish star Killian.

Poignantly, in her final episode, viewers watched a desperate Debbie visiting her family home only to steal her mother’s purse before fleeing.

She was seen dying of an accidental drugs overdose along with another pal.

mfinn@herald.ie

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