About Me

Hi, I’m Ellie. Thanks for checking out my blog.

I am Irish, living in Dublin with my three children, two boys and a girl. We used to live in London but moved back home to the Emerald Isle in 2012. The kids love it, they get so much more freedom to explore and play outside. They also get to see their Grandpa, aunts and uncles as well as tons of cousins.

Their father still lives and works in London and will continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Having a father working abroad isn’t unusual for Irish kids. Our country grew up on emigration – ever listened to the lyrics of the old Irish songs.

I love to read. As I tell my kids, it is the easiest way to escape into a whole different world. You can go to absolutely any country or world you wish without leaving home. My mom used to tell me that she would regularly have to take away a flash light when I was younger so that I would go to sleep on a school night. I read everything from Enid Blyton to Sweet Valley High. My childhood favorites were The Secret Garden and later To Kill a Mockingbird. I nearly burnt the house down on more than one occasion trying to read under the bed covers.

I spent a part of my childhood stuck in bed with a recurring illness. My Dad used to read to me when I didn’t have the energy to read myself. He still goes to sleep with a pile of books by his bed. My fantastic mom (who died in 2009 of cancer) used to say that if we were going on holidays, the first thing in my suitcase were my books. That was a long time before ebook readers lol.

I read a lot of books, although less than I did before I had the children. I love reading historical fiction set in the 20th century. I also read non fiction and autobiographies of people.

I love to write but it took me a long time to start publishing. I had written various non fiction bits and pieces over the years – published in trade magazines and newspapers but it was only in 2012 that I finally published my first short story. The Wedding Dress is about a couple who lost everything on 9/11. I was inspired to write it following the July 7th bombings in London. People I knew died in both events. I then wrote two more books in the Survivors Club series, Red followed by The Fireman’s Daughter. I am currently working on my fourth and probably the last book Tears, Love and Laughter.

Having written shorter works, I decided late last year to write a longer book. As I love reading historical fiction inspired by true events, that became the focus of my new book. Gracie will be available soon. It’s the story of a teenager coming of age in London during World War II. She is desperate to do her bit to help the war effort but with a father and boyfriend who believe women should stay at home, will she get her way? And what will it cost her? Gracie was fun to write but while writing it, Penny (her friend in the book) kept taking over the story. Finally after a consultation with my editor I had to start over stripping out Penny’s story with the promise to give her a book of her own. She agreed 🙂 lol and Penny is currently a work in progress.

So what do I do when I am not writing? I read! No seriously, I spend time with my kids. My eldest son is on the ASD spectrum so writing gives me the chance to stay home to be there for him when he needs me. He’s a wonderful, amazing, funny, mixed up kid. It’s hard on him. When I first had him, I thought I would have to teach him about the world. Now I find myself teaching the world about him.

His seven year old brother regularly teaches me the meaning of patience. Like Gracie and a few of the other characters in my books, I should have been born with red hair having the temper to go with that coloring!

My daughter who is four is challenging, witty and full of the joy of life. Everywhere she goes she says hello to everyone she meets. And I mean everyone. She will continue saying hello until the person she is addressing answers her back. It is quite funny sometimes. Other times I am tempted to pretend I don’t know her.

So that’s pretty much all there is to say at the moment apart from thank you for reading my books. I still can’t quite believe I am a published author. I love it when readers tell me they enjoy my books.

Bye for now

Ellie

Comments

  1. Just finished reading Gracie and about to buy Penny. I read the chapters on Penny that you included with Gracie and got hooked! Like you, I enjoy reading non-fiction WWII books but after only reading non-fiction for the past couple of years, I’m currently taking a fiction break. And as you can see, I still stick with a history theme. Gracie was excellent and I can’t wait to hear Penny’s story. Your characters are realistic and I think you do a darn good job with facts and capturing that time period.

    • Thank you very much Paula for your lovely comments and also for taking the time out to tell me. I love hearing back from people who enjoyed my work. I am writing Molly at the moment. The research is incredible reading. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I am not reading fiction. These brave women who flew planes in WW2 had a lot to fear from the enemy but little did they know it could be the man working beside them who was set on murder.
      I hope you enjoy Penny. I had a great time writing it.
      All the best and thanks again 🙂
      Ellie

  2. Thank you so much for Gracie, loved it and can’t wait to read all the rest. I like to read the same books as you and also love Annie Groves. Unfortunately, not too good with iPad but lovely man from Amazon helped me get Gracie onto Kindle. As I’m disabled pensioner, can’t afford monthly subscriptions so dearly hope to buy all your other books in paperback, once a month. I’m too frightened to commit to payments on things here I don’t know enough but still intend, I promise to look for Penny at weekend in Smiths. Thanks again, I love your work. Lots of love and thanks. (Don’t I waffle on!)

    • Hi Moe,

      Thanks for the comment and the compliment :-). I have sent you an email but I am not sure where you saw that you have to pay a monthly figure to read my books. You don’t. You just pay the one off price of either £1.99 or £0.77 depending on which book you buy. Let me know by email how you get on. Take care and thanks again Ellie 🙂

  3. Maureen (Moe) Spurge :

    Dear Ellie, thanks so much for your reply. Unfortunately I somehow can’t get into everything but I am ill (and stupid ) at the moment so, much as I’d love to read your other books I will have to forego the pleasure. As I said, I loved Gracie, thanks, and somehow hope I can manage to read others sometime in future. I know you’ve tried to help and appreciate it but can’t seem to get in without it costing me. Good luck in the future but I’m sure you won’t need my good wishes! Thanks again.

    • Hi Moe, thanks for coming back and commenting :-). Yes currently WHSMith do not stock my books. The only way to buy them is via the online stores. So you can buy Penny from Amazon.co.uk where you can buy it for just under £2. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Penny-Women-War-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00N47L8ZC/. As you own an Ipad, to read kindle books you need to download a specific application. I don’t have an Ipad so I googled it and this is what I found. http://www.wikihow.com/Download-Kindle-Books-on-an-iPad. You can also buy Penny via the UK itunes store. There is no requirement for monthly fees when buying books from Amazon 🙂 but I totally understand that some people prefer to go into a book shop. Personally I loved Boarders here in Ireland and cried when it shut down. Anyway hope that helps. Thanks again for the lovely comments 🙂

  4. You are a star Ellie, I’ll try all that and won’t bother you again. Good luck and all the very best. You are a great author and you care x

  5. tracey fortescue :

    Dear Ellie I have just read Gracie and Penny cannot wait for Molly. I also read the three survivors club book. Whilst I did not lose a parent in 9/11. I lost my dad on the zeebrugee ferry disaster when I was in ny early twenties. More than 20 years later and a parent and grandparent I found your book the firemans daughter very hard to read but I also found it to be very empathetic with how people who lose someone especially a parent in a tragedy feel. I would like to thank you for that. I look forward to reading more of your books.

    Kind regards

    Tracey

    • Oh Tracey I dont know what to say. The Zeebrugee ferry disaster chilled me to the bone as it could so easily have been any number of people I knew. We used to travel back and forth to France by ferry when I was a kid. I refused to go after that disaster and even now am not fond of ferries. My husband uses it to come to Ireland and I hate it. I much prefer him to fly. I am so humbled you thought my writing empathetic. Thank you 🙂 And thank you for your compliments about Penny and Gracie. Molly is with the editor but I fear I will have some work to do on it. I think I have written two books in one again this time so may have to separate them out (same thing happened with the original Gracie lol.)
      Thank you so much again and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Getting over the loss of a parent is always difficult but especially so when they die in a tragedy that could so easily have been averted.
      All the best
      Ellie

  6. tracey fortescue :

    Thank you for your kind words.
    all the best
    Tracey

  7. I stumbled upon Gracie while looking through the free books on Kindle, and read the bonus chapters on Penny at the end. I immediately purchased Penny, which is something I rarely do. Your story lines are interesting, and putting the book down is difficult. While there are some editing errors, I found the story so fascinating that I almost ignore them (and I’m an editing snob, so that is a compliment). I am looking forward to reading some of your other books.

    • Thank you very much for the compliments Rae 🙂 You will be pleased to know that I have found a fantastic UK based proofreader who is currently working through Gracie and Penny again (they have already been edited but as you noticed some errors were missed.) I hope to upload the new improved versions shortly. I also hope to get back to writing (but have been hoping that for a while) to get more books out. Take care and thanks again for taking the time to comment. All the best, Ellie

      • I most recently read “The Wedding Dress” and my only complaint is that it is too short! Very moving and well written.

        • Thanks Rae – The Wedding Dress was the first short story I published. I cried myself when writing it :-).

          • Lee-Anne Phillips :

            I love your books and have all of them… Except one, *Red* from the Survivors series, which has disappeared from Amazon in the USA. Why are the three books in the series no longer available in the US store? Will they be coming back?

          • Thank you very much Leanne – I am afraid the series was pulled and won’t be coming back.

            I apologise for the delay in getting back to you.

            Best wishes

            Ellie.

  8. Hi Ellie

    I have read and loved both Gracie and Penny and didn’t want either to end. Could you please tell me when your new book Molly will be released as I am so looking forward to reading it.

    Kind regards

    Anne

    • Hi Anne, thank you so much for the lovely comment. I am hoping Molly will be released soon. I am still arguing with my doctors over how much time I am “allowed” to work. I have to take things slowly and patience is not a virtue of mine lol. I love getting comments like yours so really appreciate you taking the time to visit the website. I will send an email out as soon as I release Molly. All the best Ellie

  9. I am a 23 year old college student about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree. I have really been getting into instances based before 1960 (preferably WWII) and I find all of the stories fascinating. I really enjoyed reading Gracie. I just found Penny and finished it in 3 days (that’s an accomplishment considering my busy schedule). It was a fantastic book. I enjoyed how you overlapped each main character’s lives with one another and were able to follow the story and plot line with relative ease. When is Molly going to be released? I can’t wait for it to see what else you have come up with next.
    Sincerely,
    Kevin

    • Congratulations Kevin – I hope you get the results you are looking for and I hope the graduation party goes well too 🙂 I am working on Molly but have been ill and the book (s) have fallen to the side. I am now working again albeit in very small amounts so hopefully it will be ready soon. I will send out an email to my fantastic patient readers who have signed up to the email list. Thank you so much for the kind comments and for the encouragement. It means a lot to me. Take care, Ellie

      • Taking care of your health is the most important. I’m sure us readers have all experienced the toll it takes for one to complete daily tasks when sick. I wish you the best of recoveries and am keeping you in my prayers.

        With love,
        Kevin

        • Thank you so much Kevin. Yes my readers have been amazing. So patient and understanding. I am very grateful. Take care and good luck with the studies, Ellie

  10. Sarah Stewart :

    Hi Ellie

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Gracie and I am just about to start Penny. I stumbled on your books by chance while looking through my Kobo at my favourite authors, while looking at them your books came up, you are now also one of my favourites.

    • Thanks Sarah for both stopping by to comment and for your lovely remarks. I hope you enjoy Penny – personally I loved writing it. I am currently getting my books put out on all the platforms again. I am also trying to get Molly finished – its been late due to illness but I am getting there slowly. Thanks again for making my day.

      Ellie

  11. What happened to your Survivor’s Club series?

    • Hi Antonique, Thank you so much for your comment and I apologise for only seeing it now. I thought I had an alert set up for all comments (doh on me!). I pulled the series as it was too steamy for my readers. Take care and thanks again. Ellie

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