Hi, I'm Ellie.
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. 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.
You can read more about me at my website http://www.Elliekeaton.com