Saturday, 9 January 2021

Happy 2021

Happy new year! Hope you all had a great time celebrating (safely and at home). 

Just a quick note to say that my January newsletter has just gone out, so if you missed that, you can catch up and subscribe here

I'll leave you with this picture of my delightful new mug, which was a Christmas present from my sister, Amy. I hope you all had such delights in your stockings.

Friday, 4 December 2020

December newsletter

Hello! Just a quick note to say that my December newsletter has gone out, so if you've missed it and want to catch up, you can do that here

Aside from that, happy holidays if you celebrate this time of year, and I hope the rest of 2020 and 2021 brings nothing but good things to us all. 

Kat x

Thursday, 5 November 2020


Happy November!

I've joined over 200 authors for the #SignForOurBookshops campaign, where I'm offering to send a signed/personalised bookplate to anyone who buys a copy of ANY of my books from a bricks-and-mortar bookshop by 2nd December. To claim your bookplate, all you have to do is email your proof of purchase and mailing address (with details of any personalisation you'd like on the bookplate) to katelliswrites [at] gmail [dot] com

UK only, and there are 50 available.

On a complete tangent, I just sent out my November newsletter, so if you missed that and want to catch up, click here. You can subscribe using the handy button at the top right of this blog if you'd like to make sure you don't miss out in future :-)

For now...

Kat out x

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Creepy Tales Podcast with Melissa de la Cruz and Nina LaCour

Penguin Teen are running a podcast series called Creepy Tales, and each episode features 3 authors who take on the challenge of writing a spooky short story based on a prompt. The first author writes the first 500 words, second author follows on with 500, then the third author finishes off -- and only the final author gets to see the whole thing before recording the podcast!

For my episode with Melissa de la Cruz and Nina LaCour, our prompt was 'The Snake', with Melissa taking the first section, then me, then Nina. Want to hear the story read by all three of us? 

Listen to The Snake

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Spooky Halloween chat with Dawn Kurtagich

 In case you missed this live chat on Instagram last night, you can catch up here. We talked about perfect books and films to devour this spooky season, and played a haunting game of 2 Truths and a Lie!

Also, just a note to say that the live chat I announced with Rachel Burge won't be happening this week, buuuuuut we're cooking up something else fun to do online later this month. Watch out for an announcement soon.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

#LibrariesWeek interview with Denbighshire Libraries

In case you missed it, here's the interview I did with Lois from Denbighshire Library Service to celebrate #LibrariesWeek -- enjoy!

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Halloween newsletter

 Happy October!

In case you missed it, my Halloween newsletter went out yesterday. It's full of news, spooky season reading recommendations, and a really fun interview with Good Girls Die First author Kathryn Foxfield. Click here to catch up, and don't forget to subscribe -- November's issue will include a giveaway!

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Subscribe to my brand spanking new newsletter!

Happy September! Welcome to spooky season, everyone. 

Just popping in to say that my first ever newsletter will be going out to subscribers in a few days, so if you'd like to be in with a chance to win an international giveaway with a mystery prize, and read a fabulous interview with author Dawn Kurtagich, you should probably sign up now

With that, I'm diving back into my new work-in-progress. Catch you in the newsletter!

Kat x

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Harrow Lake is out now in the US! PLUS news and online events.

 GOOOOOOD MORNING, USA! And to everyone else, of course.

Today my creepy little book-child comes out in the US, which means it's now available across the entire world. And the US edition, with its beautifully sinister cover, is my first ever hardback book. I'm so very proud of it!

YA horror author extraordinaire Mindy McGinnis very kindly interviewed me to mark Harrow Lake's US release, and you can read that here on Mindy's blog. 

Sadly, due to the plague and the Atlantic ocean, I won't be having an in-person US book launch, but I will be celebrating in great style with an Instagram Live Chat this coming Friday (28 August) at 6pm EDT with a very special guest, YA horror author Dawn Kurtagich! Come along and ask us about Harrow Lake, horror writing, our cats... anything you like. Follow me @katelliswrites and Dawn @dawnkurtagich to join in.

Kat Ellis and Dawn Kurtagich (pre-COVID)
Me & Dawn (pre-COVID)

After that, I will be live-streaming as part of Penguin Platform's YA Summer Book Club this Sunday (30 August) at 4pm UK time, so come along to that if you'd like to bring some bookish horror into the last week of summer. Find out how to join here

That's all from me for now! More news coming soon (and hopefully my brand spanking new newsletter, fingers crossed.)

Kat out x

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Harrow Lake is out there in the world

(...the UK, at least!)

So, it's been a minute. Since my last update, Harrow Lake has been published in the UK. (I still can't quite believe it's out there -- even though I have seen proof with my own eyes in my local Tesco!)

Me, cheesing with my book on release day

Me, cheesing on release day in Tesco (cheesing hidden by mask)

My little monster has also been getting great reviews and features since its release - here are some recent ones:

The Guardian - Young adult books round-up - 14 books you won't be able to put down this summer

Starburst Magazine Review

Interview with

As of yesterday, Harrow Lake achieved that elusive orange Amazon Bestseller banner in 2 categories: YA Horror and Ghost Stories!

And today, it hit the #1 spot on the Bookworms Wales chart!

THANK YOU to everyone who has read, bought, reviewed, talked about, or generally just been excited for Harrow Lake's release. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and there's plenty more to come.

Next time I update here, I should have a link ready for you to sign up to my newsletter. The first newsletter will feature a really cool, exclusive giveaway, so I hope you'll sign up.

In the meantime, better get back to my edits on the next book...

Kat out x