Interview with Ellie DeLano

What are you working on next?
That's a loaded question! At any given time, I have 2-3 books I'm puttering with and at least one active Fanfiction story, in addition to blogging at least 5 days a week on multiple platforms. Oh, and I hold a full-time job and have primary custody of my kids. So I guess you could say I'm working on insanity at any given time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I can't remember a time when I was ever not writing, though I'm sure it had to have existed. I do remember writing a story in first or maybe second grade about a little girl who sneaked into people's houses (or worse, attacked them on the streets) and stapled the corners of their mouths up so they were forced to smile. This was supposed to make the world a better place, but it backfired. My teacher told me it was well-written but she still called my Mom to discuss it anyway.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching my characters evolve and grow - often in ways that completely change the plot outline I'm working from. They surprise me all the time! And it's so very rewarding to go with them on their journey, or help them start a new one.
Who are your favorite authors?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Erma Bombeck and I wholeheartedly believe that no one could craft a sentence like Ray Bradbury - except maybe George Carlin, but in two very different ways. I read a lot of YA, Stephen King ("Desperation" is my favorite), JK Rowling (who doesn't!), and a plethora of others. I won't name them because I really want to use the word "plethora."
Published 2014-10-20.
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Books by This Author

Yoga Pants & Pinot: A Practical Guide To Surviving Divorce
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,290. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce & children, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Divorce
Ellie DeLano spent four years as the Divorce Blogger for Woman's Day Magazine, chronicling her transition to single parenting and mid-life dating after decades of marriage with poignancy and humor. What she learned from her readers and her own experience was invaluable, and she shares it here with a straightforward guide to the things you really need to help you move forward after your divorce.
David And Me Under The Sea: Essays From A Decade With Autism
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,930. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce & children
Ellie DeLano is best known for her blog, SingleMomtism, where she chronicles the ups and downs of parenting a child with autism. Her journey with her son David has taught her that an autism diagnosis isn't the end of the world - it's just the beginning of an interesting new one.