Seems like I heard once that Halloween wasn’t just for adults, so it’s only fair we include something for the kids. Ellie Firestone offers a wonderful interactive ghost hunting adventure for younger horror fans that’s perfect for this time of year!
You and your two friends are on a ghost hunting trip at Bolingbroke Manor, an old and reputably haunted mansion. But do you have what it takes to find the ghost, and, more importantly, get out alive?
How long have you been writing horror/thrillers and what drew you to the genre?
The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor is the first (and, currently, only) horror book I’ve written, so I’m pretty new to writing horror. I think that what drew me to writing a horror-style gamebook was the fact that people often wonder what they would do if they were to find themselves in a horror story (more so than in other genres), and I wanted to give them a chance to find out with The Misadventure. Essentially, I wanted to make a ghost train in book form.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I format my own Kindle books, and about two years ago I realized that it would be possible to link different segments of a story together, to create a virtual gamebook that works just like a normal printed gamebook, except that you could click on a link instead of riffling through the pages trying to find the right one. Once I realized it could work, I grabbed a notebook and planned out the whole book in the space of about a week!
If you could erase one horror cliché, what would it be?
The whole spooky basement thing. I honestly think that bathrooms are more scary than basements, especially at night. But maybe that’s just me.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the eighth book in my main series, which is a children’s sci-fi series called Super Sporty.
Favorite horror movie and book?
Dracula. I made the mistake of reading it late at night, with only my reading lamp to see by. Never again! (But in a good way)
Ellie Firestone lives in the beautiful rolling hills of the English Cotswolds, where she spends her days reading, swimming, and writing her stories. She also visits her grandparents in Texas for weeks at a time, and it’s here that she rides horses, goes fishing, swims, and writes even more stories. She has several pets, including some fish that breed like rabbits, and a super-cute English Toy Terrier named Bonnie, whose hobbies include playing Fetch and eating various articles of clothing.
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