Ellie was born at the tail end of the eighties in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. She grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, with a brother, a sister, and a Yorkshire Terrier called Scamp. Scamp was grumpy and never liked her.
At eighteen, Ellie left Bangor for the bright lights of Lincoln, England, where she spent three years failing a degree in Criminology and Forensic Science.
At twenty-one, Ellie moved back to Bangor and, at twenty-two, she moved back to England for six months to be a ‘Ministry Support Worker‘ for a church in Oxford. The role involved regularly moving a lot of chairs and a respectable amount of Youth Work.
Recent calculations indicate that – between the six months in Oxford, several years helping with kids work at events such as Spring Harvest, doing office work for Abaana, giving her time to the Youth Justice Agency, Invisible Traffick, and Fighting Words Belfast – Ellie has clocked up somewhere in the region of one thousand voluntary hours.
Paid work over the years have included a newspaper round, time in a call centre (which inspired the comic Work & the Adventures of Captain Customer Service), being a shop assistant (at Christmas, no less!), telling people where to park at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show, and asking people on the street to answer questionnaires about their drug and alcohol usage (that went about as well as you can imagine).
These days, Ellie lives in Belfast with her husband (Steve), their cat (Sox), and accidental chihuahua (Giles). Any time not spent caring for them almost exclusively goes into writing. Poetry, fan fiction, flash fiction, short stories, scripts, novels, blog posts, and Twitter statuses – you name it, she dabbles in it.