Interview with J. Ellyne

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Upper Michigan at the northern end of Lake Michigan. Although my parents moved from the town where I was born, I kept going back every summer, even when I was in college, to visit friends and relatives, typically staying with relatives the entire summer. All of the scenes and settings in Maginaugh are based on places where I spent my pleasant days as a young girl. These places will always be etched in my memory.
When did you first start writing?
I created my first effort at fiction, the short story Caught in the Act, in 2001. I don't believe single short stories should cost a reader money; they should be used in anthologies or given away free as teasers to attract new readers. Caught in the Act is available at all major retailers at no cost to readers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A literary agent recommended Smashwords as a good alternative to hard copy publishing. After browsng the Smashwords inventory and reading the first of Mark Coker's books on Ebook publishing, I decided to give it a try.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know if I would be selling books if it were not for Smashwords. I always publish there first. Also no other site gives so much help with self publishing, e.g., guidelines, tips, error checking, and several excellent free books on Ebook publishing and marketing. Smashwords is awesome!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to build fantasy worlds where we can all go to escape, including me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans, faithful readers, and reviewers give me the motivation to continue struggling to write the next great Fantasy series, The Fair and Fey.
What are you working on next?
I am currently finishing book 3 of the Fair and Fey series, titled The Elves of Arthannegh. I have begun collecting notes for Book 4, to be titled The Elves of Avalon. The series is heading in the direction of mixing classic Elven Fantasy with classic Arthurian Fantasy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Carl Hiassen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to write in the early morning hours is what gets me out of bed. I begin writing at 4:00 AM, breaking at 9:00 AM for breakfast. These early hours are my most productive. It's important to have uninterrupted concentration when writing a complex tale.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to sing, either with a local group or solo, accompanying myself on my guitar. I also keep up a daily regime of yoga and go to the local Florida beach several days each week to swim and tan.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to browse sites like Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I also get frequent recommendations from friends and fellow authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it's published and free on Smashwords: Caught in the Act. There were also stories I wrote for classes I took but this was the first one I wrote with the goal of publishing.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Elves of Arthannegh, Book Three of the Fair and Fey
Series: The Fair and Fey, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 202,060. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Here, finally is the riveting third book of the blockbuster series, The Fair and Fey, translated from the High Elven of Sashegh’s third journal by J. Ellyne. The series began 9,000 years ago when Sashegh and her people came to our world. The Elves of Arthannegh, a true epic, tells of the beginning of the ending of Elves and a new twist on Arthurian legend, plus erotic romance aplenty.
Maahilund, Book 2 of The Fair and Fey
Series: The Fair and Fey. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,540. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Sashegh, the exotic young princess from a faraway world, has become a mature woman. After leaving Maginaugh somewhat unwillingly, she sailed across the ocean and found a new home where her people attempt to rebuild the advanced culture they had on Maginaugh.
Maginaugh, Book One of The Fair and Fey
Series: The Fair and Fey. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,420. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
An exotic young princess from a faraway world comes of age and experiences extreme dangers, passionate love, and loyal friendships in this first of three books about her life and struggles.
Caught in the Act
Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Everyone knows Carol's husband beats her. She wonders if he will kill her someday. Or will she have the courage to fight back, to kill or be killed. As this story unfolds, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, we see Carol's mind slowly unraveling as her terror of husband Bill increases.