Interview with Elly Green

When did you first start writing?
I dipped my toe into the water of writing, as a professional, in middle school. Wrote some really bad poetry about my feelings and a few tentative forays into fantasy adventure. Trust me here, it is a good thing these attempts have since been lost to time. I began to write again in college and even managed to get two of my mythological-themed poems published in anthologies. Then again last year (fall of 2013). This time, it stuck. Apparently, like a fine wine, I just needed time to age.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love Greek mythology! I have since I was very little and just learning how to read. As I got older, the stories went from happy ending to questionable ending to what-the-hell were they thinking? And I fell in love even more. So I figured, why not? Let's sexualize them and see how that goes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My books appeal to a limited, niche market which I felt would be better served through self-publication then trying to find a big publisher willing to take a gamble on me. Also, I love a challenge!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting my thoughts - those terrifying snippets of half-formed ideas - to paper and then re-reading them and surprising myself just how good it all sounds. Not to mention having other people read my writings and finding themselves just as surprised. Basically, the surprise is the greatest joy for me. The, who knew?
What are you working on next?
Short stories on the tales of Narcissus and Echo, Pygmalion and Galatea, and Cyllarus and Hylonome. Working on Echo and Narcissus at present, trying to find a way to build some romance into the myth without losing any of the facts of the story, as Ovid tells it. It's a tricky business - staying true to a story and yet making it work for the reader.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I have dozens. I love the classics - Ovid, Caesar, Virgil, Catullus, Sappho, Homer, and even some more recent classical authors like the Brontes, Swift, and Poe. But, if you are thinking modern, well that would have to be: Rick Riordan, Steven Saylor, David Wishart, and Barbara Michaels. No favorite erotica author, at least not yet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, hanging with my dog on the sofa and watching crime dramas on television. I also love hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains around my home. But my specialty and most cherished way to pass the day is cooking Italian food - there is no such thing as too much garlic!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Randomly. Whatever catches my eye. Basically, I'll read anything. Even a cereal box during breakfast.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yup. It involved an elf called Carrien and her blue dog, Skye. She was a ranger, master archer, and dabbled in the healing arts. She was abandoned by her parents and raised in a monastery. She was taught to read and write all the languages of her kingdom and sent out into the world when she came of age. She had two friends, a swordmaster and a sorceress. Together they traveled the kingdom in search of love, treasure, and meaning to their lives.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire someone else to do it. I have absolutely no skill at graphic design. No artistic skill, actually. I just handed over some other covers I liked in my select genre, gave her a color idea, and the title. She did the rest.
Published 2014-04-09.
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Books by This Author

Scylla's Pool
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015 by Enspire Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A love triangle on the shores of the Mediterranean. Glaucus, the newest god of the sea, finds himself back with the sorceress Circe, his saving grace. Her powerful magics saved his life and sanity—but now he wants another favor from her. (M/F)