Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she's not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she's a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She's also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don't judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over The Walking Dead and Outlander to an unhealthy degree. But she wouldn't change a thing.
After being a booklover for as long as she could remember, Elle first began writing in high-school. She scribbled stories not so loosely based on the hottest guy in school, during sleepovers with her bestie. When she moved into the workforce, she always kept a notebook hidden in her filing, writing outlines and scenes whenever no one was looking. She took an extended break from writing when the tiny humans made their appearance, but her characters were always there, telling their stories in the back of her mind. When her youngest was eighteen months, Elle began using naptime as writing time, and wrote two books over the next eighteen months. Those will never see the light of day. But then this kind of arrogant, but kind of a sweetheart character named Low started talking, and the rest is history.
Why Drama Llama Romance?
Elle's family own an alpaca farm where she regularly gets the chance to be kicked and spat at. Just joking. They're beautiful. Mostly.
Amongst Elle's writing friends, she is known as the Drama Llama. Her style of romance is full of angst, heartbreak and swoony chemistry to keep you flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning. Although she's well aware that llamas and alpacas are two different animals, she figures they deserved a spot in her tag line anyway.
Be sure to follow Elle's social media for regular drama llama updates and pictures.
Awards and Career Highlights
2019 Winner of the Self Publishing Foundation Scholarship
2019 Finalist for Favourite Small Town Romance in the Australian Romance Readers Awards. (For 25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys)
2020 Guest speaker on The Self Publishing Show with Mark Dawson and James Blatch
2020 Guest speaker at Camden Library "Write For Yourself" mini conference.
2020 Guest speaker at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.