Interview with Ellen Spencer

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It’s Sept. 15, 2014 and it has been over a year since I first published What Lucy Wants - ebook 1 of the Absolutely Lucy Trilogy on Smashwords. I released it for free so my family, friends, and anyone else who was interested could read it. I never imagined that it would get so many downloads. Nor, did I imagine that I’d release the rest of the trilogy, plus write a short, spin-off (Fannah Housenhouser) and start a new mini-series (Macy Willow).

This has been such a positive experience. Before becoming an indie author, I was struggling to write on a regular basis and finish my books. (I have a very large plastic tub filled with unfinished books.) Now, I write most days even if it’s only for a short time. I still have a ways to go and lots to learn, but this has been amazing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It’s the supportive readers' reviews, likes, downloads, and adding me as a favorite author that has motivated me to write and publish more ebooks.
Sept. 11, 2015 - Wanted to add a special thanks to all who have supported me. :)
What are you working on now?
Aug. 27, 2017 - Update - still working on my next story and hope to publish it soon.
July 10, 2016 - Update on my next story: currently working on part 1 and 2. I also have a start on part 3. This one is a mystery and with luck and hard work, I hope to have it ready before the end of 2016.
It's June 6, 2015 and I just published part 3 of the Macy Willow mini-series. Such a wonderful feeling! I'm working on a few other ebooks for 2015.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Me and My Marshmallow. It was a teenager’s sweet, love story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm gardening or reading. And, of course there is all that other stuff that must be done-like cleaning, laundry, etc.
What is your writing process?
I'm still trying to figure that one out. I do my best to write each day and once I think the story is done, I start editing and rewriting it. It takes about four or five edits for my short ebooks. I've tried to work on two stories at the same time and that hasn't worked for me. Also, I do better keeping the stories short.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word-of-mouth! So, if you enjoyed reading my ebooks or you know someone who might enjoy them, please share them!
What do you read for pleasure?
Just finished reading Cadillac Beach by Tim Dorsey.
Published 2017-10-18.
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Books by This Author

The Movie Man Part 2
Price: Free! Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Jake Louisburg hadn’t intended to make a movie about Izzabel Parsons. He could have left her death classified as an accident, but shouldn’t Montgomery Kole have to pay for taking her away from him? Shouldn’t there be justice for Izzabel? When Avalyn Walters read that The Movie Man was working on The Tragedy in Trinity Part 2 - Justice for Izzabel, she headed to Trinity seeking her own justice.
The Movie Man Part 1
Price: Free! Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Jake Louisburg hadn’t intended to make a movie about Izzabel Parsons. He could have left her death classified as an accident, but shouldn’t Montgomery Kole have to pay for taking her away from him? Shouldn’t there be justice for Izzabel? When Avalyn Walters read that The Movie Man was working on The Tragedy in Trinity Part 2 - Justice for Izzabel, she headed to Trinity seeking her own justice.
Macy Willow Re-engaged - Part 3
Series: Macy Willow mini-series. Price: Free! Words: 7,730. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Macy Willow is stepping into a new assignment with Gillan McGuire for part 3 of the Macy Willow mini-series. Gather ‘round, crowd in - you are invited to attend the grand event.
Macy Willow Reloaded - part 2
Series: Macy Willow mini-series. Price: Free! Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Macy Willow returns in part 2 of the Macy Willow mini-series. She’s got her killer stilettos back on and she’s learned a few new moves. Gillan McGuire has a few new moves of his own and he’s ready to engage.
Macy Willow
Series: Macy Willow mini-series. Price: Free! Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
22-year-old Macy Willow treads through relationships like they are landmines. She’s already taken some shrapnel through the heart and has no intention on a repeat. She’s got her tough-and-ready on when she signs up as a bodyguard for a security detail. On that same detail is 23-year-old Gillan McGuire. Lounge back with a cool glass of something, Macy’s about to step into a hot zone.
Fannah Housenhouser
Price: Free! Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
24-year-old Fannah Housenhouser has a nice job, a nice boyfriend, and a nice apartment. But, her nice life isn’t exactly the life she dreams about so she decides to fluff it up a little. Cuddle down with this cozy romance as Fannah discovers that even a small tweak can bring about unexpected results.
What Lucy Needs - ebook 3
Series: Absolutely Lucy Trilogy, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 15,340. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Lucy Swan is back one more time. A lot has changed since she first met Chad Norris. Come along on this roller-coaster romance and discover What Lucy Needs. What Lucy Needs is the third ebook in the Absolutely Lucy Trilogy.
What Lucy Gets - ebook 2
Series: Absolutely Lucy Trilogy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Lucy Swan is back for more! More Fun. More Adventure. More Chad? Absolutely - Join her again in What Lucy Gets. What Lucy Gets is the second ebook in the Absolutely Lucy Trilogy.
What Lucy Wants - ebook 1
Series: Absolutely Lucy Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 23,550. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(3.00 from 1 review)
Lucy Swan is young, she’s beautiful, and she’s used to getting what she wants. Chad Norris is the guy she wants, but he doesn’t want to be her one-night stand. He wants something more, something he can clearly see Lucy isn’t ready for. And, he’s right, Lucy is having way too much fun to think of him as anything more than a one-night tryst. But, that’s about to change….