Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today, I’m chatting to the horror writer, Ellie Douglas. Ellie, like myself, is one of the writers featured in the third volume of Women of Horror Anthology, The One that Got Away published by Kandisha Press
Please may I welcome you, Ellie to the tearoom. As always my first question to my guests is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for the invite, Paula. Oh, please may I have a pina colada, thank you.
Of course, you may.. Now we have our refreshments, let me start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I’ve been a horror lover since I was very, very young, it mostly arrived from books and movies. Sparking my love for horror.
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
Descriptiveness would be my strongest point. I would like to improve on my grammar.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
At the last count I had eight unfinished projects on my computer.
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter or let the characters lead you?
I usually write my synopsis after I finished writing my book. However, my last book I wrote the synopsis first.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
Yes my moods are often reflected in my writing.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Yes, nearly all the time. I find it a great way to kill someone off that has harmed me in some way, but by doing it in the fictional world I avoid jail,😂
What did you learn when writing your book? In writing it, how much research did you do?
I’m one of those kinds of writers that spend more time doing research than I do writing the book. For me it is a vital key role in nailing as much fact into my novels as I humanly can.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I’ve changed over the years, gone from an afternoon writer to a morning writer, that would be the schedule, up early and write until I’ve completed what I feel is enough or when I find my eyes are so tired and it is time to take a break.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
No, I don’t put pressure on myself. I write what I can, when I can 🙂
How many hours in a day do you write?
It could be up to five hours a day and it could be as little as half an hour. I don’t set any time restraints on my writing.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I do. So yes, 🙂
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
Sometimes I do a search on boy/girl names. Sometimes I look at products that are on my desk, other times names just pop into my head. I don’t know everything about them before I start writing, I get to know them more as I write, they develop.
Thank you so much for joining me in the tearoom.
If you would like to find out more about Ellie’s books and writing, please check out the links below:
Amazon page: https://bit.ly/amazonEllie
If you want to find out more about Clubhouse Members’ Books, don’t forget to check out the Clubhouse Bookshops, too.