Interview with JuEllen Nelson

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I scroll through synopsis' after I determine what genre I want to read at the time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
After I complete my daily chores, I read and write or spend time with my family and friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I was more into writing songs and poetry when I was younger.
What is your writing process?
Ideas for the story start flowing. I grab a notebook and start outlining each idea and describe the characters as they appear in head.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have read thousands upon thousands of stories over the years. The one that impacted me the most was Helter Skelter.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to base the cover design on the main characters attitude.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone with the WInd, because of the historical significance and Rhett Butler didn't tolerate her spoiled attitude.
All of the Star Wars series. Lets face it, it was Star Wars, what's not to like.
Anything written by Gina Rose. Her Regency romance novels are the bomb.
I also love anything written by Maggie Walsh. Her love stories take you through emotional roller coasters.
Krystal White is a new author that has captivated me with her intriguing adventure, love and emotional stories.
Elizabeth York.is another new author that has earned my loyalty as a fan. Her books are also full of adventure and intrigue.
I know you only asked about books, but I can't name just five books. i love so many. and I love a large variety of authors.. I could continue for hours about authors.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, modern and historical. And History books. i love history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite e-reading device is my cell phone and Samsung Galaxy note 8.0, because I can download books from everywhere. Especially if I go through Smashwords.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still working on that.
Describe your desk
Oh my. My desk is a clutter of notes for the next book in the Light Warrior Chronicles series.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago and Tennessee. I based my Light Warrior Chronicles in Chicago because I remember the ever busy streets and bright lights. However, I used a country atmosphere for the lives of my characters beyond city life.
When did you first start writing?
2011.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am currently working on a western titled Home's Reach. The story reflects life after the civil war and the corruption of some officials. It tells of the hardships of families that lost there husbands in the war. Or, the struggle of families whose husbands returned maimed. It's about a woman that was hanged, but refused to die and a soldier that was wrongly accused, but later became a Sheriff.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read a lot. i decided I would try my hand at writing. I discovered that I really enjoyed it. It was relaxing and writing gave me an outlet for my endless imagination.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distributes my books without prejudice. Smashwords doesn't require nonsense exclusivity. It shares with other agencies such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and even Amazon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find the greatest joy of writing when the book is finished and it has painted a true movie in someones mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. They are supportive and for the most part they are blunt.
What are you working on next?
After I release the western 'Home's Reach', I will start on another Light Warrior Chronicles 'Dark Warrior of Death Ascends'. Hell rises to seek revenge.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many I defer to my prior answer on favorite books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee & my family.
Published 2015-08-04.
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