Interview with Tabatha Ellis

What are you working on next?
I'm working on 'The Dreaming' (draft title), which is more of a science-fiction novel set in a roughly contemporary timeframe to now. It has three central characters, each one dreams differently to 'normal', and they want to know why. It's about how they meet, how they interact, and what that ultimately means for humankind.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen Donaldson, Anne McCaffrey, Isaac Asimov, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to get out and walk the dogs before they pee on my carpet. Not exactly high inspiration, I know, but reality.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I do have a full-time job. That's most of my time spent right there. If I'm particularly organised I'll spend some time writing…new year's resolution…find some more time to write!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like browsing through the Smashwords site; there's so much and such a variety of work. However, I leave the adult filter on. I turned it off once to see what would happen and got a bit of a shock at what came up. I guess I've lived a sheltered life so far!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I recall writing a 5000 word essay in my English class at high school, it was an alternative history about Akhenaten - the teacher thought it was great.
What is your writing process?
When I can grab the time, I'll just write. There's no particular process for me, I tend to start at the beginning and work through to the end - that's how The Thief of Ashlon was written. I have tried to be more structured with my next work, The Dreaming (tentative title, possibly another series but it might just be one book, not decided yet) as this one has essentially three major characters whose threads weave together. In the end, I think I like starting at the beginning and working through, it helps me keep track of what's what more successfully.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story I ever read, but I'd swear I was reading dinosaur books at a very young age, these sparked an interest in palaeontology and then archaeology that led to a degree in Archaeology and History.
How do you approach cover design?
I approached my graphic designer sister - that's how. I'd love to hear people's thoughts about the cover, and the books in general - reviews would be very welcome!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen Donaldson's Gap Series, as it's still the best thing I've ever read. Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, as they are brilliant fantasy/SF. Terry Pratchett's disc world books and his book with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, they make me laugh. That's more than five books, but you get the idea.
What do you read for pleasure?
I think I've just answered that question...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An ipad; I also have an iPhone but that's a bit more awkward. I've not tried any other kind of e-reading device, though.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word-of-mouth, and distribution of a flyer. I am trying to see what Twitter will do, and Facebook, but I'm not too crash-hot technically so this is taking some time to develop.
Describe your desk
Large monitor, small amount of clear space, and lots of mess either side. Or, my iPad, with wireless keyboard, in my lap. Either works.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Where I grew up (Australia) I don't think actually influences my writing. Maybe it does and I just haven't twigged to it yet.
When did you first start writing?
I didn't start writing, but began day-dreaming stories to amuse myself from a quite young age. I was 22 when I began thinking about the story for the Thief of Ashlon - and began putting it down on paper. I had the first draft belted out by the time I was 26, but then it took ages to revise and polish and get rejected (and rejected..) and then self-publish. I guess I'm just slow. Thank goodness for Smashwords, though. It's so satisfying to have it finally published!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Aside from the rejections from hard copy publishers? I really just wanted to get my book published, and I have no problem with doing it myself via Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The freedom to create something entirely my own, the setting, the storyline, the characters - mind you, they do tend to take on a life of their own at times, which is also fun to develop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Casino Joe' (published 17APR14) is a romance about a young woman working in a Casino-hotel complex in Queensland, Australia. She saves the owner's life, then finds herself embroiled in a compromising situation with a guest. All is not what it seems, and when the truth comes out….anyway, it was a lot of fun to write, and quite a challenge in some scenes. I hope everyone enjoys it and remember, a review of any of my books would be gratefully received.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is really quite a buzz to have someone come up to you to say that they've enjoyed what you've written. I really appreciate the feedback.
Published 2015-03-19.
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Books by This Author

Casino Joe
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 53,170. Language: Australian English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Pip Roberts may have saved Joe Brockwell's life once but that doesn't stop his suspicion - or is it fascination? - with her from turning her world upside down. Just what is the truth?
The Dragon and the Queen
Series: The Thief of Ashlon, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 113,790. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Talana and Darrukin, with their friends and family, struggle against the might of the Palace, desperately trying to protect his home and family while still finding a way to destroy the evil that has corrupted the Queen.
The Guardian and the Thief
Series: The Thief of Ashlon, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 137,200. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Talana the thief is chosen to guide the new guardian, Darrukin, on his quest to unlock his power as a sorcerer. He must save the Queen from evil, or the whole land of Ashlon will die.