Ellie Douglas, born and raised in New Zealand. A graduate of Massey, is a freelance graphic artist, spent 10 years working with Autistic Children, and has done some overseas traveling. She is a member of NZSA and SpecFicNZ.
Ellie went into motherhood, with four children, including one set of non-identical twins. Ellie was able to dive right into her creative side. She started out as a freelance graphic artist, and to this day she still creates award-winning professional pre-made book covers. During her designing of book covers she would write, sparking her inner desire to be an author. Writing more and more until she finished her first novel, Zombie Dogs.
Ellie has two brothers, one younger, one older, both of whom she adores dearly. Ellie is a very warm, fun-loving, friendly, generously giving woman, she’s mysterious and enjoys keeping the suspense going. She is hard-working, loyal and very down to earth.
Hi Ellie! Thanks for taking the time to speak to me today!!
It is lovely to be here, thanks for the invitation 🙂
LOHF: You have a release coming out on Halloween! Can you tell me a bit about it?
I sure can. It is called Death O Death Horror Collection Vol 2 and it is filled with ten different short stories. Ranging from the Bogeyman to serial killers to monsters.
LOHF: The release date is perfect! Did you luck out or did you specifically pick that day?
I specifically selected the day 🙂
LOHF: I am a cover lover. I know that you do freelance book cover work did you create the cover of your new book? (it is pretty spectacular)
Thank you 🙂 and yes I did design and create my latest books cover, and all of my other books too 🙂
LOHF: Have you always been a horror fan or was there a book or movie that started you on the horror path?
I’d say I was inspired greatly by Stephen King and for movie inspiration it was the old classics, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead etc.
LOHF: Your bibliography is quite diverse with zombies and werewolves do you have a favorite horror genre?
Yes, I’d have to say zombies.
LOHF: What are your top five horror movies?
Just five? LOL I could name a lot more 🙂
World War Z
Train to Busan
LOHF: Are there any horror tropes you refuse to use in your work? If so, which?
I can’t think of any that I wouldn’t do.
LOHF: In reading your bio you have a lot of different projects going on. How do you find juggling your projects and family life?
With Difficultly. I can be rather strict on myself and set time aside to do my writing. However there will always be times where writing is on hold, for family comes first 🙂
LOHF: Are your working on a WIP at the moment? If so can we get a sneak peak?
As a matter of fact, I am. I’m working on another Vol of horror shorts. Here is a sneak peak at one of the stories. I’ve titled this one: Possession.
“Zoe cast her eyes over the prizes, a boxed doll in a glittering purple dress, a basketball hoop, an inflatable basketball, a pair of matching dolls made of wool. None of them interested her. Her eyes moved to the right and she spied the large blue teddy bear, then her eyes caught the wooden doll next to it. Eagerly she pointed. The man walked over and picked up the big bear and walked over to Zoe, with an even cheesier smile. Her face crinkled and she shook her head in a no gesture while she still pointed to where the bear had been sitting. The man looked back and noticed the wooden puppet/doll, his orbits flicked from Zoe to the doll and she nodded her head up and down for a big yes. The man shrugged his shoulders, walked back to the shelf and put the blue bear back then picked up the wooden doll and handed it over to Zoe.
“Why did you choose that one?” Hazel asked flummoxed.
Zoe inspected the wooden doll and noted the joints on the knees, waist, elbows, hands, feet and neck. She jiggled it, and it moved floppily around from side to side. “He looked lonely, mom.”
Both Darren and Hazel said no more, they raised their eyebrows at each other and with a smile they walked out hand in hand with Zoe. The doll was tucked into Zoe’s back pack and from behind all you could see was it’s head with an overly long nose, it reminded Darren of a carved tribesman. Complete with dark holes for eyes.”
LOHF: The LOHF is composed of book reviewers so we are always a little nosy about what people are reading. What is on your nightstand?
How about this, a screen shot of what is currently on my TBR and this is not all of it. Some of these I have read, some I’m reading. There is currently 132 books on my list. Add to that my purchased hard copies of books from Stephen King and you can imagine my list is rather huge 🙂
Death O Death (released 10/31/2018)
Unimaginable monsters to take your breath away.
What you can’t see will horrify you.
You’ll be squirming in sheer terror.
Real and unseen-evil awaits. Watching. Lurking.
When you least expect, it will pounce and consume you!
Safety warnings: May induce a rise in blood pressure.
Don’t read alone.
Keep the lights on.
The question is: Are you brave enough?
The Dead Wake Anthology
Ten utterly gruesome tales, that will disable you. You won’t know what hit you. You will from this day forward sleep with one eye open. Insist that all the lights stay on…always. You will begin a ritual; checking under your bed, inside the closet and double checking your windows. Throw into this the sick and twisted and the utterly crazy humor and your stomach will explode. With some erotica, you’ll be hot and sweaty and wont know which way to run…and you’ll be scared for life. In the best possible way.
Nothing can prepare him for one of the world’s most loved species to turn into the undead. Four-legged zombies now run rampant-hungry and intelligent, they are merciless to those still struggling to survive.
Follow Cal on a turbulent journey filled with horrific loss, new love, and unbelievably terrifying events.
Will he find his twin brother in time? Can he keep his family safe?
A terrifying surprise twist will test the survivors to the brink of humanity’s very existence.
Ellie is the author of a number of books in the horror genre. She also creates these amazing adult coloring books. If you want to have a look at her entire bibliography please take a look at her website. If You would like to purchase the books listed above click on the photos to be taken to either Better World Books or the publishers site.