Interview with Dan Ellis

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thrill of remembering the good dreams through the night
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love associating with my morning cup of coffee buddies -- they talk and I read!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I prefer good books on politics and economics for brain food
Then I mix my entertainment with murder mysteries
When I just want to skim I select romance
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, It was about all the ladies that I endeared starting from Kindergarten through all my major puppy loves
What is your writing process?
Most of my writings are on community heritage -- my first books took a lot of digging in courthouses, churches, and interviews and reading, reading, reading and more reading
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Bob and Nancy can ride was my first text book -- I was considered a heavy reader as a child and went through every genre
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have to go through ten to twenty samples before getting what I like
What do you read for pleasure?
Everyday
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am on my second Kindle -- have not tried any other
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
They are all quite dismal -- I have tried them all
My success is in the writing
Hopefully one of my kids will reap the benefits
Describe your desk
Large TV screen for monitor, sound boxes, lamp, box of Kleenex, and a cup of water
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
in New Orleans, early on in politics and always wrote the news releases
When did you first start writing?
Press releases when in my early Twenties
What's the story behind your latest book?
Most of my books are Community Heritage -- which includes a lot of photos and maps
Just completed DeLisle: La Riviere des Loups -- a very small village of 2000 but with good people and good history
Composed of 400 pages and more than 500 graphics
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like anyone else -- No success in finding a literary agent or a publisher
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I like the first comment that SW passed on
EBooks will last forever
Much past my time!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Smiles from true fans
What do your fans mean to you?
Bread and butter
What are you working on next?
Old Spanish Trail -- Gulf Coast Region
Published 2016-08-03.
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Books by This Author

Eureka! -- We Found It !
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,000. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Eureka ! We Found It ! — A Travelogue novelette set in the year of 1905, when two young ladies of the Victorian period visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas for seven days. They meet a young man, who because he had an ailment cured some years previous, was driven each year to return and make his sojourns to the Springs. He enjoins them as an escort for seven days.
The Lady in Red
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,010. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » History » Historiography
Contract Murder in Pass Christian – A True Story – a Mississippi Gulf Coast setting with roots in Gulfport and Pass Christian. Rumblings in New Orleans and Chicago laden with Mafia Connections. Pass Christian – known as the Riviera of the Gulf Coast – Sex, Violence, Murder – Loss of Millions in personal treasures. A Gulfport girl grows up to marry a Mafia Doctor and becomes a Multimillionaires.