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

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Harrow Lake: the finished article!

Look what arrived in the post -- the first ever finished UK copy of Harrow Lake! I am so over the moon with how it has turned out, from the gorgeous cover and amazing blurbs, to the sprayed edges and little jitterbugs crawling all over it.

These are the scheduled publication dates (so not long to wait now!):

UK - 9 July 

Australia/NZ - 18 August

USA - 25 August

If you feel like pre-ordering, I will love you forever -- buy links are up on the right. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

Kat out x

Saturday, 16 May 2020

The Ultimate Blog Tour comes to a close!

Well, it has been an EPIC 3-week blog tour for HARROW LAKE! The tour was organised by Dave at The Write Reads (do go and follow him on Twitter) who I highly recommend to any authors looking for a brilliant blog tour organiser to kick-start their book's journey into the hands of readers.

Today is the last day, so check out the #HarrowLake and #UltimateBlogTour hashtags on Twitter if you'd like to catch up on all the reviews, spotlight posts, and interviews.

It's been a blast!

Kat out x

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Lockdown Update #1

Hello! This is my first blog update under lockdown, and I hope everyone reading this is safe & well, and managing to find ways to keep things interesting while staying home.

For me, that has meant becoming slightly obsessed with plants (now up to 3 terrariums on my desk, a conservatory full of edible plants, and a few planters in the garden). Not as obsessed as I would've been if I wasn't on deadline for the new book, of course... *glances nervously as the steaming manuscript peeping out from the next tab*. Anyway, deadline is the end of this month, so I'll keep this brief.

Just a couple of things I wanted to talk about:

This tour, organised by @writereadstours started on 27 April and will be going on until 16 May, with loads of reviews, interviews, and spotlight posts from around 100 bloggers. It's been wonderful so far, so if you'd like to check out the posts that have already gone up, check out the #UltimateBlogTour and #HarrowLake tags on Twitter.

The other thing I wanted to share after re-reading my last post was a quick note about FrightFest, where I got to talk about Harrow Lake to the fantastic horror fans attending! It seems like eons ago now, though it was only a couple of weeks before the lockdown was announced. Here are a couple of pics from the event:

I'll be back with more news soon, but in the meantime, #stayhomestaysafe and be excellent to each other! (Yes, I'm excited for the new Bill & Ted film.) I'll leave you with a snapshot of how I'm starting May.

Reading: SLENDER MAN by Anonymous

Audiobooking: THE VANISHING DEEP by Astrid Scholte (narrated by Karissa Vacker and Will Damron)

Singing along to: HEART-SHAPED BOX (cover) by Hermitude and STUPID LOVE by Lady Gaga

Watching: THE HALF OF IT -- a wonderful new film on Netflix I highly recommend if you need some joy in your life.

And with that...

Kat out x

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Tales from Wales


Thought I'd post an update, seeing as it's St. David's Day and I haven't posted here in a while.

Since we last spoke, the deliciously creepy UK cover for HARROW LAKE has been revealed...

...and the amazing VHS-style proofs have also been slithering out into the hands of readers:

Thanks to all who have posted early reviews so far (especially if you liked it!) You can add it to Goodreads here, or preorder it from pretty much anywhere that sells books (a selection of retailers and links are on the right-hand sidebar --->) 

Thank you sooooo much if you've preordered it -- it makes a huge difference!

This week I will be travelling to FrightFest in Glasgow to talk about my book and all the horror movies which inspired the story, and I'm really excited about that -- it will be Harrow Lake's first real public airing, and to an audience who expect to be scared. My people, in other words.

In non-Harrow-Lake news, today I posted a thread of #TalesFromWales on Twitter if you'd like to check that out for some awesome YA and MG reads.

And as I'm waaay behind on the new book (but it is at least starting to take shape at last -- HURRAY!) I'll leave you now with a quick snapshot of how I'm starting March:

Reading: A proof of WILDE, the delightfully witchy new MG by Eloise Williams (out this May)

Audiobooking: COLD STORAGE by David Koepp, read by Rupert Friend

Singing along to: LET ME FALL by DeathbyRomy, and Hermitude's cover of Nirvana's HEART-SHAPED BOX (both absolute bangers)

Watching: the new season of OUTLANDER, and as many horror films as I can -- WITHIN on Netflix was a recent watch which I found genuinely scary!

And with that...

Kat out x

Monday, 20 January 2020

Brain Clutter

Happy New Year! Yes, I know it's far too late to say that, and I respect the side-eye you're giving me. But as this is my first blog post of 2020, it had to be done.

Last time I posted an update here, I thought I would be muuuuuch further along with the draft of my next book (next-next book, technically), but I'm really not. I moved house a few months ago, and the new place needed (still needs) a ton of work, and that's been taking up a fair chunk of both my time and my brain-space lately. I work at home, so I find it hard to focus if the space around me is cluttered. So yes, WAH, I have been distracted, and am a smidge behind where I want to be in this draft.

On the plus-side, my lounge is really pretty. Want to see? Here's a before and after (sorry the pics are at clashing angles!):


Shout-out to the carpet which haunts my nightmares.


I think Pilot misses the scary carpet.

Now I have a wonderful, clutter-free space to work, so it's time to write ALL THE WORDS! (Let's not mention the rest of the house.)

So, what else has been happening?

Harrow Lake-wise, I've seen the amazing finished UK cover, and the equally amazing proof packaging, and I cannot wait for both to be unleashed over the next few weeks. I'm also starting to put dates in the ol' diary for speaking events, so if you're a YA event-going sort, you might just see me out in the wild this year. More on that as plans are confirmed.

I caught up on some reading over Christmas, managing to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge by the skin of my teeth; you can check out the books I read here. A last minute standout for me was an early copy I read of Wranglestone by Darren Charlton -- a love story about two boys in the middle of a snowy zombie apocalypse. It was a fantastic story, and you can pick up a copy when it releases next month if that sounds like your jam.

Also, earlier this month I went trampolining inside a Victorian mine, as you do.


I'll be back with an update when I have the all-clear to share any news/the UK Harrow Lake cover, but until then I'll leave you with some stuff I've been consuming lately.

Reading Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

Audiobooking The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Singing along to Homeostasis by Nostalghia and After Dark by Mr Kitty

Watching Rick & Morty and Sex Education S2

Kat out x