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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.

Her dogs, Opal, Zeus and Matilda, occupy a lot of her time. She would write books about their adventures if she thought people were even half as interested in them as she is.

M.T. Ellis is an Australian Writers’ Centre graduate, freelance writer and journalist. The second novel in her Detective Allira Rose Series will be out on October 1, 2018.

Her latest book is the crime thriller, Azrael.



About the Book:

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 intimate partner 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.


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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I would say that I was a born reader. I remember going to the library a lot as a child and participating in the MS Readathon at school. We’d read a certain number of books to raise money to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis. It wasn’t until I was 18 or 19 when I thought about writing a book and I didn’t end up doing it until I was about 31.

What was your inspiration for Azrael?

I had a nightmare that I was being held captive in an old house by a sexual predator. I had been looking for a story idea for a while and that dream turned out to be a big enough story to fill a book.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to try and understand why people do the things that they do. Whether it be serial killers or normal people who make a terrible mistake.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

The whole book took a few years. I started it and then took a break for about 18 months and then I finished the rest in about 6 months. The editing and printing took another few months.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

If I have a deadline I’m very disciplined. If I don’t have a deadline I waste a lot of time thinking about writing and not actually doing anything about it! I write better in the morning so I will check my emails and then start writing. I don’t usually aim for a certain number of words per day because if it’s not flowing and I force the words out, I usually end up deleting them later because they are terrible. I basically write until it’s not working and then I take a break and come back to it later.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Researching killers and rapists can take you to some pretty dark places. Sometimes it’s hard to see that there is still good in the world after being immersed in the horror of true crime all day.

What do you love most about being an author?

I find it quite thrilling when the words are flowing and the story is spilling out. I sometimes find that writing a novel is more fun than reading one.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self-publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self-published. I wasn’t sure that I had made the right decision until my novel, Azrael, won Bronze in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York. I’ve found people are more upbeat after I tell them I have won an award than when they first hear I’m a self-published author.

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me on social media @mtellisAuthor or my website is http://www.mtellis.com.au.

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