Growing up, E.J. constantly felt that she needed to write down the vivid thoughts going around her head, but it wasn’t until her aunt gave her John Marsden’s Tomorrow series to read that her writing bloomed and her interest in books became a full-blown fixation.
At the age of eighteen she decided to live with her sister in Brisbane, Australia, where she found a job working at a boat club on the beautiful Moreton Bay. In between split shifts and while others her age were out enjoying their adolescence, E.J. was writing well into the early hours, trying to get down those ever-present ideas of a not-so-bright future.
E.J. now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her partner and their cat Senga, as she continues to write about the world of Enmity.
5 Things I Love About My Characters
- Each character has something special about them
Every character has something that makes them unique — whether it’s Lola’s hairstyle; Marina’s beautiful brain; Chase’s agility; or, Georgie’s sincere emotion.
- Even I’m not quite sure what they will do
In one scene, Lola collapses in the kitchen, this came from a completely unknown place to me, but I found it to be hilarious! It then set up a nice scene for Nate and Robert without it being too serious; a little bit of humour to cut the tension is always good!
- Neither main character could sit by and let the other tell the story alone
Nate’s ‘voice’ came through first and I knew his story would be phenomenal to write. But then Hermia came into my head and her sassy and kickass attitude balanced Nate’s compassion and self-assuredness, in a way that I knew both characters had to tell the story. There are two sides to every story after all!
- Flaws, Flaws and more Flaws! But wait, is that a redeeming quality?
It’s true, my characters do have a lot of flaws, and I’ll admit that! Hermia is very distant and closed character, which becomes more explained as the story progresses. But Hermia is actually a really good friend for Nate to have. As Nate starts to question who he is when he discovers he has been lied to his whole life, Hermia ‘helpfully’ reminds him that he is still the same person he has always been. This is exactly what he needs, a swift kick of reality!
- Quirks. And then more Quirks?
I love how there are things about my characters that are a little quirky! For example, Chase doesn’t know the names of the days of the week. (You’re probably thinking ‘say what?’ but he has a different way of describing them). Nate can bring out his cheeky side every now and then. And Hermia has some very serious sarcasm issues – it’s something that I could relate most to with her. Every character’s idiosyncrasy was so much fun to write when it would creep up in the story.
Love vs Life.
Good vs Evil.
War vs Warfare.
Which would you choose?
After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.
Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly… to survive.
Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived…because their training is just the beginning.
A war awaits…regardless of how ready or willing they may be.