"You have to be your own best friend. That's important. As well as your own worst enemy."
Elinor Nash has been painting and writing for years. It began with illustrated stories of foxes going to meetings and pictures of her sleeping cat. After she finished a degree in Graphic Design, followed by a PGCE in Primary Teaching, she kept on drawing under the name Ele Nash - Ele, in case you're wondering, is what her older brother and sister called her growing up. She exhibits mixed media paintings in and around her home city of Bath, preferring to use newspapers, zips, buttons, bra-straps - things most sensible people throw away.
Elinor didn’t try to write again until her early 30s when she had an idea for a novel. Writing very rapidly became an addiction. She sent the first few chapters to the Golden Egg Academy, where Imogen Cooper, previous head of fiction at Chicken House Publishers, advises her. She is also represented by Kate Shaw from The Viney Agency.
Elinor writes in much the same way as she paints, piecing together ideas and experiences until a picture emerges. Her story, The Ghost Boy, won the 2014 Bath Short Story Award. She is currently working on a new novel for Young Adults, entitled The Sister of the Boy Who, as well as a new novel called The World Within.
"I grew up in the Wiltshire town of Chippenham with my parents and two siblings and my much loved cat, George. Following A-Levels in Art and English Literature at Sheldon School (as well as Geography, which I hated) I stayed with an Italian family in Turin, Italy, where I spoke terrible Italian to two very lovely (and excellent English-speaking) boys.
When I got back, I took ant Art Foundation course at Trowbridge College which taught me to never feel precious about anything creative. I went on to study a degree in Visual Communication, specialising in Graphic Design, at the University of Central England, Birmingham - which was a mistake because, although I loved Birmingham and design can be fun, my heart wasn't in it.
Because I didn't know quite what to do next, I took a PGCE in Primary Teaching - which confirmed the brilliance of children and how much more interesting they are than adults.
After moving south from Sutton Coldfield, I settled in Bath and began exhibiting my artwork. I also started to write YA fiction.
When I'm not wading through collage paper or print outs of stories, I tend to my husband, three beautiful children, three cats, and one creatively chaotic house."