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Ella West

May 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Hi! My name is Ella West too! I'm in 8th grade and I go to Parchment Middle School in Parchment, Michigan. I just found out about you like a month ago and I really like the book Thieves, but I really wanna read Rainfall. You books inspired me to start reading way more than I used too. You are really good at writing stories! I hope you see this!<3

Ella West

May 22, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Hi Ella!
Wow – my books are being read in Michigan! Do you get them as ebooks? As well as Rain Fall you might like Night Vision too!
They are both set in New Zealand where I live.
Best wishes

Ella Isherwood

May 8, 2019 at 12:01 am

Hi Ella,
I am a yr 8 student at Ashley school NZ. I am a horse mad person and Ride but unfortunately I dont have a horse.
I love the book rain fall and have read it too many times I have stoped counting. I am doing a book report on the book Rain fall for a class assignment and am woundering if you could tell me a bit more about your self.
Thanks Ella

Ella West

May 9, 2019 at 8:57 am

Hi Ella!
Love that you love Rain Fall! Hmm – something about me. There is lots on this website under “About Me” but also, just like you, I was horse mad as a kid and didn’t have a horse. My parents knew nothing about horses and there was no way we could have one in our tiny backyard. It wasn’t until I got older, left home and met other horse-mad people that I learnt to ride and had a horse. So, my advice to you is there are lots of horses out there that aren’t getting ridden. Go find one and ask the owner if you can ride it (only do this if the owner is a nice person!). Horses need to be ridden at least once a week if not more otherwise they get difficult to ride – they just get lazy and forget that their purpose is to have people on their backs. If you get the horse so it can be ridden again the owner will be really happy. But you have to be a good rider to do this (or be prepared to be bucked off a few times!) Also, maybe check out your local pony club. They might be able to help. Good luck!!!!!

Olivia Orlowski

April 15, 2019 at 10:53 pm

Hi Ella,
i am a big fan of your book rainfall i got it out at my school library. i am 12 and i go to diocesan school for girls i auckland. i am a new zealander too. i have a big trouble finding the right book to read and i refuse to read if i can't find the right book. i was wondering why you don't write more books like rain fall. if you did i would be speechless. right now I'm reading rain fall but I'm on the 25th chapter and i want to read it so bad but i don't want to read it because it will finish and i am so sad about that. so if you could write more books like rain fall with all the drama horror and romance then i would be the luckiest kid in the world!!!

Ella West

April 18, 2019 at 9:08 am

Hi Olivia
So great to hear from you and that you love Rain Fall (one of my favourites too!) Yes, I am writing more books don’t worry and hopefully will have news soon of another one being published. Getting a book published takes forever but the more that kids like you read and want more books by me the easier it is – it lets the publishers know to get another one out quickly!
Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the ending of Rain Fall!

Katie Lawrence

February 26, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Hi Ella,
I'm a huge fan of your books.
My favourite one would have to be deffinetly Rainfall, I was at your workshop thing at James Hargest last year, when you were there you showed us a pile of papper writing thats going to become your next book, when do you plan for that book to come out? I can't wait to read it!

Ella West

February 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Hi Katie
Great to hear from you. Sorry, I still don’t know when that book is coming out. Fingers crossed for next year. Will keep the website updated!
All the best

Nelly Jonson

October 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Hello Ella West,
My name is Nelly, I'm 11 years old and I go to Karaka school. I am currently reading your book 'Night Vision' and I love the adventure and drama in the book.

I just have a some questions I would like to ask you. My first question is, what's your opinion - which other New Zealand books would you recommend to me? I love adventure, drama, suspense and sometimes make belief characters. Another of my questions is, where or how do you get your ideas and inspiration? Thirdly, how many books have you done? And have you done any books about mythical characters? Lastly,are you going to write any other books? If so I bet they will be thrilling!

Thank you for your time, I really love your books.

Ella West

October 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Hi Nelly
So glad to hear you are enjoying Night Vision! You might like Rain Fall as well which is another of my books. I also wrote the Thieves series (Thieves, Anywhere But Here and Real Life). To answer the rest of your questions, I get my ideas from what is happening around me – what is happening in the news, the things I see and hear about and also the things that have happened to me. In Night Vision, I have worn night vision goggles a couple of times, and we farm sheep but I don’t play a musical instrument so I had to find someone who did so I could get that part of the novel right. I haven’t written any books about mythical characters but who knows what I will want to write about in the future! I like reading adventure, drama and suspense novels too and loved when I was younger Margaret Mahy (The Changeover) and Tessa Duder’s books. And yes, I am writing more books – no I don’t know when they will be published but I’ll put it up on my website when I do. Fingers crossed!
All the best

Jessica Kidd

July 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm

Hi Ella. I am a huge fan of your book Rain Fall. You probably won’t remember me, but I’m from James Hargest and I was one of the people who went to your workshop thing. At that time, I hadn’t read any of your books but I was always wanting to. I found Rainfall and Night Vision at the school library and was very excited to get the two of them out. I am almost finished reading Rain Fall and on my way to starting Night Vision. I can imagine all the characters; Jack, strong and handsome, Annie, beautiful and sporty. I love your stories so much and they inspire me to write even more of my own. Just a question I have been wondering, were the characters inspired by real life people you know?
From your hugest fan, Jessica.

Ella West

July 16, 2018 at 5:18 am

Hi Jessica
It was amazing visiting James Hargest – my old school! So weird being there again after so many years (why does everything seem smaller!) but it brought back so many memories and was so much fun. You guys were great.
To answer your question - none of my characters are based on real people. I’m really careful about that. I don’t want anyone I know (especially family) suspecting they’re in a book I’ve written and that’s what I think of them!
Lots of the settings (especially in Rain Fall) are real but none of the people.
All the best


May 8, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Hi Ella - I just finished reading "Rain Fall" myself in preparation for reading it in class during NZ Read Aloud this TERM (we begin reading next week and it runs from Week 3 to Week 8 inclusive). I was wondering if it would be at all possible for my class to SKYPE you to ask questions about the book and your writing? Last year we had an awesome SKYPE session with Adele Broadbank while we were reading her book "Too Many Secrets". I know you will be extremely busy, and we also have tight time constraints due to our school's programmes, but if it is at all possible we would appreciate it very much.
Unfortunately we have been unable to find it.
Kind Regards,
Christine Earnshaw (Room 3 Bruce McLaren Intermediate School, West Auckland)
P.S. I meant to say I LOVED "Rain Fall" which was significant to me as I have recently begun to connect with the West Coast where my family began its NZ journey in 1866 when they arrived in Hokatika and ended up in a tiny community called Red Jacks. From there they moved eventually to Kumara and Greymouth, but some members moved further up the coast and settled around the Westport area.

Ella West

May 14, 2018 at 9:25 am

Hi Christine
Of course – I’ll give you a ring!
All the best


May 1, 2018 at 6:01 am

We are looking for your book Real Life for our daughter’s Birthday.
Unfortunately we have been unable to find it.
Do you know where we could purchase it from.
Thank you for your help.

Ella West

May 14, 2018 at 9:24 am

Sorry I haven’t replied earlier – you can buy Anywhere But Here and Real Life from UBS in Dunedin (only stockists in NZ) – they do phone orders and will send to anywhere https://www.unibooks.co.nz/
I hope I haven’t missed your daughter’s birthday
Best Wishes


May 14, 2018 at 10:46 am

Hi Ella
Thank you for your reply. I read one of your other answers on the chat page and searched the University bookshop in Dunedin and found they had it. Our daughter’s birthday is not until 27 May so we have it in plenty of time.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Kind Regards


March 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

Hi Ella,
My mum's friend lent my mum your book, Thieves. My mum read it and then I did, and we loved it! It's amazing, and we've been trying to track down the 2nd and 3rd books. Could you please tell me if they they are still available in Dunedin?
Also, do you have a tip to get over writer's block? (I want to be an author someday).

Ella West

March 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

Hi Aleisha
If you have Thieves then hang on to it – there are very few copies left! The second and third books of the trilogy are available at UBS (University Book Shop) in Dunedin – I’m pretty sure they have them in stock but if not ask them to order them for you. It won’t be a problem.
Writers block? Hmm. I think the answer is just to keep writing, or if you are stuck in a particular part of the book then skip it, go to a bit where you know what is going to happen, then go back to the bit you were having a problem with. Sometimes all you have to do is ask yourself what will the characters do next. Well, it’s morning so they better have breakfast and so you start writing about what they have for breakfast and what they are talking about and then you’re away again. I think the thing is not to worry about it, don’t call it writers block, just write. Hope that helps and all the best with your writing. And thanks for loving Thieves so much!


March 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hello Ella!
I recently found this website again, and I was looking through the comments and found one of mine from 2014! I’m from the US but I was in NZ a bit back then and I was also at this writing workshop you did at the Duniden bookstore. I won third place in the murder story flash fiction contest (I don’t know it you remember me haha). Anyways I just re-read Night Vision and I looked this site up and you truly effected the last few years of my life. I was only 11 in 2014 and I kind of liked to write but over the last four years I’ve grown a lot as a writer and a person and I guess that I wanted to just thank you for helping me so much. Deciding what to do in life is a hard decision and as I’m getting closer to college I have to start making these choices and I know that I’ll always keep writing close to heart (or ideally a career to be honest). Anyways thanks again and please keep writing- you are fantastic!

Ella West

March 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

Hi Ana
Great to hear from you and yes I do remember you! (It was the American accent.) I didn’t know you got third in the competition – well done. Yeah, figuring out a career involving writing is not easy but hopefully you will find something – at least in the US there are a lot more colleges and courses for writers than in New Zealand and hopefully graduates from these are sought after by the industry. TV, especially with Netflix, is employing large numbers of writers so fingers crossed for you. It’s exciting times. Glad you liked Night Vision and hopefully you’ll be able to get a copy of Rain Fall (another murder mystery for teens which has just come out in New Zealand and Australia) in the US through Amazon etc. If not, find the Allen & Unwin NZ/Australian website and ask them for one.
Good luck and all the best and keep writing!

Izzy Hewett

October 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

Hi Ella,
It’s izzy here again and even tho it’s been a while since I finished real life’s i still think about it and even want to read te series again! It was so good but I still really want to know if u are writin a forth book and if u are when do u think it will come out??
Thanks heaps Izzy!🙂

Ella West

October 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

Hi Izzy
I know, I’m not patient either!!!!! Fingers crossed things will start to happen and there will be a fourth book published (and a fifth and a sixth)!!!!! I’ll let you know!


August 2, 2016 at 12:48 am

I wonder if shes going to write another night vision book

Ella West

August 5, 2016 at 2:31 am

Hi Sarah
Yes, another crime thriller is on its way!

Kayla Farr

June 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Hi there can you please answer some questions i have we are doing a school project and i decided to do you.

how long have you been writing books for??

when did you decide to become a author??

How many awards have you won???

If you could get back to me as soon as possible that would be great thanks.


Ella West

June 3, 2016 at 4:16 am

Hi Kayla
Have emailed you!