Interview with Ella Carmichael

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I purchased a Kindle Fire about 6 months and I am really enjoying using it. I love the high resolution and I like to see the book covers clearly laid out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ireland during the 1960s and 70s. When I eventually began to write many decades later, it seemed natural to write a book about Ireland.
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled a little as a child and teenager but accomplished little. I effectively abandoned the very idea of being a writer. In the latter half of 2010 I began to see characters. I can't explain it any other way. A woman called Dorothy appeared to me first, although she was closely followed by about a dozen others. One day I just sat down and began to type their story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My series is called The Miracles and Millions Saga. It's about a woman who become wealthy overnight, yet it has little to do with how cool it is to have material possessions. If anything, it's a cautionary tale. Be careful what you wish for. Dorothy finds herself in very deep hot water when it becomes clear that person or persons unknown deeply resent her new-found wealth. She is forced to hire a slew of bodyguards to watch out for her. One of them is a retired Navy SEAL and that's what the story is really about. These 2 people who are polar opposites connect at a profound level, although neither of them is smart enough to truly see what's happening.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I broke the rules. When you write a series, publishers expect you to follow a set of rules. My novels are best read in order (1-10). Straightaway that's a black mark against me. I'm too old to sit around and wait for agents and publishers to take me and my work seriously, hence I decided to go it alone.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I had fans I would be as overjoyed as a woman who has tried for many years to fall pregnant and eventually holds her newborn twins in her arms. Even one fan would be amazing. I'm not kidding. This is my life's work, yet I know that not one person exists on the face of the planet who has read the series except me.
What are you working on next?
Nothing. If Miracles and Millions takes off then I might return to writing. If it doesn't then I don't believe it's a good idea for me to continue with anything new. Ten novels takes an enormous amount of work and emotional energy. If the experiment fails then I may take up Pilates. I hear that strengthening the core is all the rage.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Austen
Jilly Cooper
Lee Child

to name a few
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Pure blind stubbornness coupled with the will to succeed. I am also very practical and believe in taking personal responsibility for my health and paying my own bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Earning a living in an office.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually follow links from newsletters. I have found some real gems this way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Some tripe about two families growing up on the same street. I'm not sure why I remember is so clearly because I only got as far as the bare bones and never got around to fleshing it out. This was about 35 years ago.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and type. I never use long-hand or a typewriter. I always save my work and make sure it is 100% secure at all times. I am hugely productive and that's because I learned early on that the words will flow if only you put your butt on the chair and your fingers on the keyboard.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read many books growing up. We were reading mad in our house. I was fascinated to discover a new world between the pages of Enid Blyton's novels about girls going off to boarding school. I didn't take inspiration from it as such, although I always hoped that one day I would also get to go. The novel that inspires me to this day is Jane Eyre. It's no coincidence that it has been made into TV and movies productions countless times. I have heard it described in many different ways. To me, it will always be a story of obsession. Since I read it as a teen, I have never been able to get it out of my mind and as I grew older I became fascinated by the notion of obsession. This is a major theme running through my series and it's deliberate. Miracles and Millions. A story of obsession.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I have no visual skills whatsoever. My strength lies in my imagination and perseverance. I throw out a vague idea or two and let somebody who knows what he is about take it from there.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels about serial killers are my personal favorite. I find them relaxing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I will let you know once I find something that works.
Describe your desk
Small and portable. I have had to learn to adapt over the years. I fold it up and take it with me. it's clear of clutter, but that's only because I can't fit anything on there except the essentials.
Published 2016-02-08.
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Books by This Author

Dorothy Lyle In Death
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 10. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 151,900. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Dorothy Lyle has had an eventful life. She’s seen heartache and pain. Experienced love and loss. But there’s one last hurdle waiting to be jumped before she will truly be able to relax and enjoy the rest of her life. Will her ex-Navy SEAL bodyguard Maddox be able to save Dorothy again? Will they find happiness together? Or will he disappear into her memories as others have?
Dorothy Lyle In Deception
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,340. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Miracles and Millions Saga Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul. A faked death, now exposed after a decade. A painful past life exposed. Abuse at a level that shocks even Maddox and has him reaching for the bottle. As usual, things are never simple in the world of Dorothy Lyle.
Dorothy Lyle In Nemesis
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Miracles and Millions Saga Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul. With the vile gang behind all the stalking and attempts on Dorothy’s life and mental stability now revealed and arrested, she can return to a life of normality and begin to enjoy the trappings of being one of the wealthiest women around.
Dorothy Lyle In Treachery
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,480. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Miracles and Millions Saga Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul As the Dorothy Lyle saga hurtles onward at break neck speed, Jack Maddox suddenly makes a dreadful discovery. He has uncovered the identity of the stalker. The mystery attacker who has made it their mission to torture Dorothy’s every waking moment, and even some of her sleeping ones.
Dorothy Lyle In Sucks
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,110. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA TWO MINDS, TWO BODIES, TWO HEARTS, ONE SOUL Dorothy Lyle’s life sucks. At least that’s her personal opinion. Yet she is a fighter and an eternal optimist, and can come back quicker than a greased boomerang.
Dorothy Lyle In Clarity
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,080. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Miracles and Millions Saga Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul ‘Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they’re going to be until you dunk them into hot water.’
Dorothy Lyle In Hunted
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,710. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Miracles and Millions Saga Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul. Installment number 4 in the Dorothy Lyle series sees our heroine receiving funeral-planning literature and porn in the post. She’s thinking about buying an armored vehicle and a bullet-proof vest. And of course her mysterious stalker still wants her dead.
Dorothy Lyle In Help
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,230. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA Two minds, two bodies, two hearts, one soul. Dorothy Lyle returns in her latest adventure, waiting in dreaded anticipation of the day she will leave her apartment and move into the gigantic new mansion it has taken almost a year to complete.
Dorothy Lyle In Colour
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 119,880. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
THE MIRACLES AND MILLIONS SAGA TWO MINDS, TWO BODIES, TWO HEARTS, ONE SOUL Dorothy Lyle is back, brasher and sassier than ever, and now with a new-found wealth which allows her to holiday in Rome like a celebrity, while gambling away enough cash to feed a small Central American country.
Dorothy Lyle In Avarice
Series: The Miracles and Millions Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 122,450. Language: British English. Published: January 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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It’s easy enough to hide the fact that you are a powerful psychic when you’re leading a humdrum nine to five existence. It’s not quite so easy when you find yourself in possession of a fortune, and suddenly find yourself catapulted into a strange new world. That’s what happened to Dorothy Lyle on her 40th birthday. Find out what happened next. Welcome to the Miracles and Millions Saga.