I’ve always been in love with publishing.
When I was in elementary school, I created magazines filled with short stories and illustrated them with stickers. I filled notebooks with dozens of unfinished first chapters. I designed book covers with cut up pieces from catalogues and calendars. I wanted to be an author, and maybe also an editor or an artist. But definitely an author.
Through high school and college, I kept my dream of authorship on life support by writing bits of novels, but I never managed to finish anything. Then, one fall day in 2010, a weird and haunting scene between a space colonist and a vampire got stuck in my head. With the enthusiastic encouragement of my husband and my childhood best friend, I penned chapter after chapter until I’d written an entire book.
Inspired by my success with getting to “the end,” I read everything I could about querying agents and submitting to publishers. I wrote and finished more novels, including the book that would later be published as A Gift of Poison, and began to submit them to agents. I thought I knew the path I needed to take to accomplish my dream, and I was determined to succeed.
In early 2011, I came across the blog posts of a successful self-published author named Amanda Hocking. She talked about having a hand in every part of the process—from cover design to choosing editors and advertising copy. Fascinated by what I’d read, I daydreamed about that kind of creative control over my own publishing process for months until I finally drummed up the courage and released a novel I had sitting unused on my hard drive. I planned to give self-publishing a try and see if I liked it.
I loved it.
It’s been a challenging, exhilarating, and satisfying ride. In the last five years, I’ve published nearly twenty works of fiction, including an Amazon bestselling dystopian series called The Frost Chronicles. My ongoing fantasy series, The Kingmakers’ War, tells the saga of a scrappy orphan girl who uses her dragon-controlling mind powers to save her kingdom. My newest upcoming release, All Her Secrets, is a YA psychological thriller about a wealthy inventor’s daughter who must find a way to escape after she’s abducted and held for ransom. I love thrillers, but I’d always been intimidated by the process of writing one. I went through several drafts of All Her Secrets before I finally found book’s voice in duel narrators—Victoria, the abducted inventor’s daughter, and Sam, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks who is forced to go along with the kidnapping and decides to help Victoria escape.
Five years in, I’m still pinching myself to make sure this isn’t a dream, and I’m so thankful for the readers who make it possible. I’m still intoxicated with the thrill of telling stories and sharing them with others, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
~Kate Avery Ellison
Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future.
A GIRL WITH SECRETS
Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She's been trying to forget the incident ever since.
When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth.
Then, she’s kidnapped.
A GUY FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Sam’s just a poor kid from Valley City, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.
A DESPERATE PLAN TO SURVIVE
Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then, they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.
With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.
And secrets can be deadly.
Kate Avery Ellison decided she wanted to be an author when she was five years old, and with hard work, determination, and the support of loved ones along the way, her dreams of telling stories for a living came true in 2011 with her first novel, The Curse Girl, and continued with her Amazon bestselling series The Frost Chronicles and numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. She loves putting a dash of mystery in everything she writes, an ode to her childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes, and she can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever she can.
Kate wishes she could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats. When she isn’t dreaming up her next novel or holed up writing it down, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, building intricate train track configurations with her toddler, and playing board games with her husband and friends.
Connect with Kate: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Godreads | Amazon Author Page