Ellen Louise Curtis
I take my inspiration from the world around me, and how I view the world has been dramatically shaped by my upbringing and schooling. Storytelling has always been huge in my family, and growing up in Newfoundland the wealth of folklore and our unique scenery shaped the types of stories I liked to tell. Growing from there, I took a lot of influence from superhero comics and science (both of my parents are biologists). I also have a background in history, so I'm always looking for why things turn out the way they do. It's crazy to watch the news today and see historical trends repeat themselves, despite the fact that we can look back and say "wow, that turned out really bad in the end". A lot of times, history makes the most sense when you look back at the people involved in a situation and examine how they reacted under pressure. All of this has led me to write stories that focus on the characters and what makes them human, even under the most extreme or unbelievable circumstances. I'm a firm believer that no matter how bizarre or fantastical a situation may be, readers should always be able to connect with the characters they're reading about.