Ellie Douglas


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.








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Born and raised in New Zealand, a mother and wife who donates what spare time she has in volunteer work with Autistic children.

Ellie Douglas is addicted to horror, everything about it she loves. She enjoys creating strong characters that rise to the top from ordinary lives.

Her love affair with horror has seen her produce several award winning horror books.

Ellie is constantly striving to do more. She also makes professional book covers for authors and has helped people with by creating websites, banners, and logos.

Ellie’s ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward and to constantly better herself. To give the audience amazing entertaining stories that she herself would read.

She would love to scare you…

This entry was posted on February 8, 2019. 18 Comments

A Time to Write and a Time to Not Write – by C. S. Lakin…

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For everything, there is a season. So says the wise writer of Ecclesiastes (King Solomon). Some of us were first introduced to this aphorism with the Byrds’ famous song “Turn, Turn, Turn.” I think as we get older, we truly understand the truth about seasons in our lives. They are part of the natural cycle of things, and while we often buck the cycle, we do better if we ride with it.

What am I talking about? The seasons of writing and refraining from writing. Just as there is “a time to plant and a time to reap, a time to laugh and a time to weep,” there is a time to write and a time to not write.

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Your Online Presence: 10 Mistakes for Authors to Avoid – by Anne R. Allen…

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These days, an author’s online presence is of vital importance to a career, whether we’re published or planning to publish. Whether we’re indie, hybrid, or trad-pubbed, it’s not only essential to be easy to find online, but we need to keep a professional presence and guard our author brand and reputation.

I’m not just talking about how we present ourselves on our websites. Your online presence means your book page bio, blog, and all your social media bios and interactions–anything that comes up in a Google search.

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In Awe…


In the span of a few hours, this anthology is a Number 1 Hot New Release! 



Characterization Tips – What to Avoid, Where to Focus

Author Don Massenzio

This post is focused on a very important, if not the most important, aspect of your writers, your characters. Readers become invested in characters. They learn to love and/or hate characters. They sympathize and/or empathize with their flaws, quirks and events that shape them. Character development is both essential and difficult.

In this post, I hope to pull together some useful tips that I have tried to follow in my own writing or have learned from those that are respected and successful in the craft.


  • Be consistent with what you call your characters – If you’re character’s name is John Doe, stick with calling him John or Mr. Doe or Johnny. But don’t alternate or you will confuse your readers. I actually broke this rule in my first book, Frankly Speakingand in it’s subsequent related books, I have a character named Clifford Jones, III. He is an attorney…

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Should You Know Your Ending?

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I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to disagree with this sentiment.  The path of the pantser if fairly common.  Not the way I do things, but I’ve run into many who simply fly into a story to see where it goes.  There could be an ending in mind or it could just be a beginning or middle that they have.  One thing I can be sure of is that it differs from person to person.  Then again, I’m a severe plotter, so I shouldn’t speak as if I understand the other side of the pasture.

While I don’t come up with my endings first, I do like to have them in mind before I start writing.  This helps me keep things on track and avoid running the story into a brick wall or minefield.  Some would say that the downside is that your writing…

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A Spark of Hope


A Spark of Hope: An Anthology of Poems for Saving Lives by many talented writers and poets. 

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Some poems are therapeutic, and some have been known to save lives. This anthology will hopefully ignite a Spark of Hope in someone

A Spark of Hope is meant to do just that, give hope where there was none. Their aim is to encourage us to appreciate and value life, it is a precious gift. To change the things we can and accept the ones we cannot change, always with that Spark of Hope in our sights.

A Spark of Hope is a collection of 49 hopeful poems, mostly by contemporary or new poets, both acclaimed and lesser known. These poems call us to the plight of the down-trodden, the victims without hope. It forces us to reach deep down within ourselves and retrieve a spark of hope to share and bring a bit of comfort to those who need it most… A Spark of Hope is all it takes sometimes!


Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and nearly 800,000 people take their lives each year because of it. In a selfless attempt to unite the world in awareness and offer a hand of strength, international authors from twenty-five countries have come together to publish poems of hope in dark times.  Their powerful words offer the assurance that many may need as they struggle through their personal shadows. I am enthusiastic that their words, their spark of hope can ignite a world-wide effort to reach those who need a hand, a hug, or just words of survival. ~ Kelly Artieri
Award-winning Author Executive Board of Directors – Newfane Public Library

My Review

I am in complete awe of what I have just read. So many great poets and prose writers have bared their souls in this anthology. Love shines above all else, even when a poet is surrounded by darkness, and seeking death, a small glimmer of light beckons, hope is found, and dark turns to the loving light of God. Aborted babies poem resonated through me. Yes, give that innocent life, that innocent had a soul at conception, a destiny, let the babe live, give for adoption if you must, but let it live. So many poems struck me deeply, and I am better for having read this book. Thank you. ~ Mary Schmidt, Multi Award-Winning Author, Poet, Contributor, and Registered Nurse

This entry was posted on February 6, 2019. 5 Comments