Today I am very happy to have indie author Ellie Garratt
as an interviewee here on Written Worlds!
Author Ellie Garratt
Ellie Garratt is a science fiction and horror writer. A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror meant writing was the logical outlet for her passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre and Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories are now available on Kindle. Other eBook formats to follow soon. In early 2014, she will be launching a nine-part science fiction serial called The Third Dimension.
Please tell us a about yourself.
My name is Ellie Garratt. I’m from the United Kingdom, and live in the sometimes sunny South Devon. I’m also fortunate enough to live a five-minute walk from the sea. When I’m not writing, I love to read and go on long walks.
Which project are you currently promoting?
Due to technical issues with Amazon Kindle, I’ve just published second editions of my two short story collections – Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre and Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories. I’m also in the process of making both these books available in other eBook formats.
What genre do you generally write, and why did you choose it?
I write horror and dark science fiction. I love to read and watch movies/television programmes in both genres, so it feels natural to write in both.
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
I was lucky to have parents who knew the importance of learning to read and write, and I devoured books as a child. The library was one of my favourite places. I was also a child who wouldn’t stop talking – my school reports can contest to that fact- and I loved telling stories, whether true or made up.
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
There are two books. The first book I fell in love with was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I remember reading it over and over, even using a torch under the bed covers so that my parents thought I’d fallen asleep. It opened my eyes to how magical books can be. The second book is The Stand by Stephen King. It introduced me to the horror genre, and the idea of creating not just a story but a whole different world.
Who is your author idol?
That’s a tough one to answer. I would have to say Stephen King, but there are a few authors that have come close over the years. This year’s would be Hugh Howey. If you’ve not read his Wool trilogy, you must.
When you’re writing a book or short story, do you plan it out meticulously or just write stream-of-consciousness?
I usually have a rough idea of the start and how it may end, but I’m what’s known as a pantser – the story generally ends up writing itself. If I try to plot, my creativeness is stifled and I lose interest.
What does your workspace look like?
I have to admit I’m a little OCD about my writing desk. It has to be tidy and organized, or I can’t write. My desk is in front of a big full length window, and I can see the river. It’s a great view.
What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Read a lot. Then practice a lot. Finally, don’t expect the first draft to be perfect. It won’t be. That’s what editing is for.
Thank you, Ellie, for a great interview!
You can find out more about Ellie Garratt and her work via these links:
Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
Passing Time by Ellie Garratt
Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.
A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop. A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?
Taking Time by Ellie Garratt