Interview with Ellie Firestone

When did you first start writing?
I started writing before I could physically write! I used to dictate stories to my mother for her to write down, and I'd draw the pictures. This was when I was about three years old.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The earliest story I can remember writing (or dictating, rather) was about an American Indian, who planted peas and earned himself the name Pea Tree. I was learning about Indians at the time, so the story was really influenced by that.
What is your writing process?
I usually come up with a vague idea of what the story's going to be about, and then just start writing! I'm trying to start planning more, but I think there will always be that element of spontaneity.
Describe your desk
Extremely cluttered! And most of the stuff on it isn't even related to writing my books. Some of the strange things currently on my desk include a baseball cap, a used battery, a spool of cotton and a stuffed alien toy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The times when I enjoy writing the most are when I feel like I'm not actually the one writing the book, and instead the story is flowing from the aether, into my fingers, and coming out as words on paper (or a screen). These moments are few and far between, but they're worth the wait.
What are your books about?
My books are about (deep breath)...

Superhero horses who play basketball, eat pizza, and fight evil aliens who want to take over the world. (And one of them has a pet iguana.)

Crazy, I know. But that's the beauty of writing for children. You can be completely nuts, and kids will get it. Perhaps that's the sad thing about growing up -- we lose our credulity.
How do you approach cover design?
I plan the design out on paper, then I scan it in and draw it from scratch on the computer, using the scanned image as a guide. I use a graphics tablet as well my computer mouse to get the more precise brush strokes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, swimming, or binge-watching action movies. I also like riding horses, when I get the chance.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that isn't Romance. Right now, I'm doing the rounds of YA dystopian trilogies, but I enjoy anything from Fantasy novels to the classics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I got my Kindle Touch three years ago, and it's still in perfect working order. But the reason why I love it so much is because it's the only model of Kindle that a) is touch-screen, and b) has speakers. Because of this, I can use the text-to-speech function, listen to audiobooks, and even play MP3 files, while still having that easy touch-screen experience. Beat that, Paperwhite!

I also use the iBooks app sometimes, but only when the book I want to read isn't available on Kindle.
Published 2015-08-18.
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Books by This Author

Super Sporty Short Stories: Signed, Anonymous
Series: Super Sporty Short Stories. Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
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In this short story, superhero horses Sporty and Harley are called upon to track down a valuable statue that has been stolen from the Horsecitty Museum. But amidst enigmas, red herrings and a mysterious note, will the heroes find the culprit?
Super Sporty Short Stories: Down to Earth
Series: Super Sporty Short Stories. Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
In this short story, superhero horses Sporty and Harley are recruited to investigate an alien spacecraft which has been spotted in the sky. But then an accident occurs, and the heroes end up trapped inside the spacecraft! Facing deadly toxic goop, electroshock cubes and strange alien customs, will Sporty and Harley ever make it back down to Earth?