M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane/ Lockyer Valley-based author. Her debut crime thriller, Azrael, won Bronze in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Suspense/Thriller Catagory. Her short story, The Ballerina In The Box, was short-listed in the Australian Writers’ Centre Furious Fiction Competition. Two of M.T. Ellis’s stories made it onto a billboard during the Queensland Writers Centre’s 8 Word Story competition.
M. T. Ellis is currently working on the second novel in her Detective Allira Rose Series.
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Azrael by M.T. Ellis
(Self-published, May 2017)
Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.
The body Detective Rose is looking at bears a striking resemblance to Emily, a woman who survived a horrific, sexually motivated abduction five years ago. Her fear is confirmed when Emily goes missing again.
When another woman, Grace, is abducted, Detective Rose finds herself doubting the instincts that tell her the disappearance is the result of domestic violence. She connects the cases and recruits Grace’s partner, Ethan, to help in the search. Together they must find Grace and Emily before it’s too late.
Author interview questions:
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
About ten years ago I started writing a memoir-slash-biography about my boyfriend who committed suicide. I never finished it and probably won’t look at it again. It was great to get things off my chest but it was too personal to publish.
What is your writing process?
I like to write down everything I can think of. Then, when I have enough random ideas, I try and find a way to join them together.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don’t remember the first story I ever read, but I remember Bryce Courtenay’s Potato Factory series and The Power of One series were mind-opening. They were quite dark, but there was always a great moral to the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love crime thrillers but I’m currently trying new genres so I can learn to write in different ways. I just wish I had more time to read!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle but I’m really into Audible audiobooks right now.
Describe your desk
It’s a huge wooden thing. I tried to paint it and sand it back to make it look all antique and distressed. Unfortunately, it was laminated chipboard so that didn’t end well. My husband was mortified at my attempt, but I think it looks good!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was an army brat so I grew up all over the east-coast of Australia. I remember my dad reading Robinson Caruso to me as a kid and I did a lot of MS-Readathons in primary school to raise money for MS. I used to pick short books to get my reading quota up, ha! All of that early reading must have taught me a lot because I didn’t read much in my twenties and I only got serious about writing when I was 31.
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