The beginning is something I’ve always wanted to write about on here. My beginning definitely ties in with my name and for any of you paying attention, my username Ella Charlotte Douglas is my penname. My real name is Charlotte Elizabeth Smith but let me tell you about the origins of my pen name. It isn’t anything to do with the sound of it really-although if we are really keeping track, Ella Douglas sounds so much better. Ella is a nickname for Elizabeth which my parents decided early on to call me until my dad changed his mind and reverted back to my first name Charlotte. He and my two brothers ganged up on my mom still calling me Elizabeth and won! Charlotte, the middle name, is obvious since that’s my given name now and I wanted to put a little piece of what I am now in there. Douglas, the surname of my pen name, was actually going to be my last name. Legally, Smith is but my father was adopted by his stepfather, thus changing his surname (the direct tie to our Scottish ancesters) from Douglas to Smith. Thus, if I had only a slightly different past, my name would have been Charlotte Elizabeth Douglas or going by Elizabeth or Ella Douglas. There you have my origin story, now I will continue with my story. My brother is an amazing writer-both of them actually can write very well. Only the oldest wanted to make something out of it and reading was instilled into me at a very young age. You will often hear me quote or reference Harry Potter for that is the main reason why I wanted to write my own books. I wanted to inspire a generation of children and make them love reading as much as I did as a child. I wanted to rewrite imaginations to remember my vivid stories and reflect on how much they could relate to my character.
When I was quite a bit younger, I loved to pace my backyard near the backyard pasture fence and just tell myself stories. It first began with my toy Webkinz then evolving into my Build-A-Bears and then on into remaking my American Girl backgrounds. Over time, I began branching out into ideas developed over a particular book I had read and didn’t quite want to die just yet in my memory. It was infectuous and soon, I had quite a collection of fictional worlds that I was too lazy to type or write up so that I could document them. Perhaps my first book “series” had to be the Winged Goddess series based on some Greek goddess story that I had found in the library earlier that year. My characters were poorly written but my zeal for getting work out there was undiminished for such crappy work. Gradually, that “series” ended and I branched off to medieval worlds based loosely on the Bible’s revelation and my own construction of cast with powers to destroy demons. All in all, that’s still one of my favorite fantasy book ideas and one day, I want to go back and rewrite all of those to fit my original idea of demon hunters and how God kicked all of their butts :)
My writing and drawing drastically changed with the knowledge of a website called DeviantArt. I could emulate my favorite artist’s style and through the help of another user, had a reality check on what made a real character into a believable person. That and tons of writing and constantly reading help pins from Pinterest and displaying my work for critique to some of my writer friends, most especially one of my oldest friends Chloe, who runs multiple blogs and wrote a guest post for me not long ago. She encouraged me above all others, always wanting to hear every single story and idea or see what sketch I wanted to finish. That among several writing dates with friends kept me accountable and frequent art delves into other genres and types kept me interested and not burnt out.
My favorite hobbies include basketball, ballet, wandering around in bookshops, reading, writing, drawing, shopping for clothes, working out, watching movies or shows and eating. I love hanging out with people and observing human behavier at its best and worst and plan on becoming a hair stylist and makeup artist when I get out of cosmetology school in a year. One day, I plan on becoming published and settling down and all that, but for now, I’m going to settle for my final month without some type of schooling as I’m a high school graduate and focus on writing to my heart’s content. I hope to be frequent on here but the posts may get more spread out than they are now.
My favorite inspiration is usually music or my surroundings. My favorite kind of music is typically soundtracks to other movies or shows of a similar genre as my book. Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings have the best soundtracks, typically because I’m more interesed in medieval fantasy. Whenever I feel the particular need to go somewhere to get into, I mean really get into, writing, I find a hipster little hole in the wall or some cute cafe or Starbucks. Rain is also very soothing, creating a sort of rhythmic hum while I type or scribble. Typewriters are also fascinatig to write on. It almost transports you back into another time.
I love to branch out into different genres and characters to mix it up and change my comfort zone. My favorite is medieval fantasy but little chick flicks are an easy release of some cute ideas and historical fiction is mostly fascinating from the work involved in researching and creating a story within the historical boundries. Murder mysteries are my favorites to read, the twists and trying to figure out the mysteries incredibly intriging and hold to some of my history with my father as we love to watch old murder mysteries like Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, and Columbo. I even had a murder mystery party for my birthday this past year.
And finally, I am a Christian. A born again believer in Christ who believes in the Holy Trinity and that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day. This affects every single thing thing I think and say and do. This affects my writing and my drawing and my speech and my genre and what I decide to support and read. Being a Christian isn’t a noun or adjective. It’s a verb. I live out being a Christian; it’s not just something to describe me. It’s my way of life. I don’t have life without my Creator and I certainly don’t have any ability to do what I love and write about on here without Him.