Welcome! I’m Elle Carter Neal, author of the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin, picture book I Own All the Blue, and the upcoming junior middle grade chapter book The Convoluted Key. I live in Australia with my husband and two amazing children.
I write across a few different genres, but mainly fantasy, science fiction, and suspense, and I’m currently focusing on books for children between the ages of 6 and 14 (but, of course, since I enjoy reading books meant for this age-group, I expect many other adults do, too).
Friendship, particularly the strength of platonic relationships, is one of the main themes that feature in my stories. You’re in the right place if you enjoy aspects such as the relationship between Fitz and the Fool from Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy, Leo and Mimi from Emily Rodda’s Rondo Trilogy, Leslie and Jess of The Bridge to Terabithia, or a group dynamic like those in Kate Forsyth’s StarThorn Trilogy.
I also love tumbling into a fantasy world that opens up in some way from our contemporary world, making it that much more possible that any one of us could have an adventure in Wonderland, Narnia, or Hogwarts.
I like stories that challenge my assumptions and give me a glimpse of a completely different perspective. The Matrix was one of the movies that started me on a hunt for the perfect mind-bending story. More recently the television show Fringe has satisfied my addiction to complex, multi-faceted tales with a twist.
Strong women feature heavily in my stories, and I’m interested in writing away from some tropes that have sprung up around female characters. One of my favourite “light” TV shows was Charmed, which I loved because of the fearless female protagonists and their ability to handle any situation with the help of their magical powers.
If these are elements that you enjoy, too, then I’ll have a story (or two) for you. Make yourself at home.
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