Interview with Ellie Skinner

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing a year after I hurt my wrist… it was a difficult time for me. I used to draw and play the guitar, but it eventually became too painful. Unable to express myself, I turned to my computer and began typing out what I couldn't draw. Jotting these ideas down helped me some and, eventually, they became stories. To this day, I still draw some, but now I much prefer writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hmm, perhaps the creation and development of my characters, especially their imperfections. I tend to love them more than people in real life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not for the life of me. I have trouble remembering my mother's birthday… let alone something I was probably forced to write during primary school.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south of England, just below London. All my stories end up taking place there. It's familiar to me. I do love writing about the cold and wet country I originated from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmm… playing drums, mostly. Maybe a bit of drawing, if my wrist is up to it. Other than that, I read, play games (I'm a gamer), hang out with friends and go to uni.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any book I can get my hands on. I've completely devoured my local library.
What are you working on next?
It's a psychological thriller, based around a man who wants revenge and the ways he goes about seeking it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The urge to be creative, whether that be writing, drawing or playing the drums.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friend, Jesse, usually recommends them. He loves finding things I haven't already read.
What is your writing process?
For my short stories, I simply create a character and begin writing, developing both the story and the poor bugger as I go. For longer pieces, I tend to plan everything out, but I always create my characters first and foremost.
Published 2014-06-02.
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Books by This Author

A Gentleman's Call
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Finn Lambert is a strange man. He somewhat follows the expectations of both society and family, but inside he holds a dark and disastrous secret.