Please welcome Ellie Douglas to my blog this morning. Shall we get started Ellie? The book she is promoting in this post is Death O Death.
Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
Hi everyone, I’m Ellie Douglas, from New Zealand and I’m a horror author 🙂
Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?
Writing has been a huge part of my life but I did not recognize it as such, not in the beginning. I had a passion to write when I was very young, but did not pursue it until later in my life. The time then was right for me.
How difficult was it writing your first book?
I think I may have done things a little differently as I found my first book the easiest to write, then the second, third, and so on until around the fourth when it started to get a little harder and so far has continued that way.
Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?
I have had a few moments where I thought to myself that I should move on and do something else, but I carried on, because I enjoy it so much, and I can’t see myself doing anything different.
Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?
My husband and my brother Robert 🙂
What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?
The best advice is to be yourself. To not change your style to suit that of others. I can’t remember who had told me that as it was such a long time ago.
What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
My target audience is adults. Due to the graphic nature of the horror I write.
Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?
I am a cover artist by trade, which is what I was doing before I wrote my books. I still make pre-made covers for authors as well 🙂 So my covers are from my own designs and I have a tendency, when an idea strikes about a new story I want to write, I usually work on the cover before I even finish writing. Sometimes before I even start writing as I find it a great motivator and often something visual like that gets the mind ticking. (I love that idea! Using your cover as a muse!)
What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
I’m not working on anything right now.
Any last words before we wrap things up?
If I was to give any advice to fellow writers starting out, be sure to have a professional editor, get beta readers, proof readers and do your research.