Interview with Ella Drayton

What's the story behind your latest book?
It actually started out as a murder mystery that revolved around geocaching but I couldn't get my characters to cooperate with me on the geocaching so I scrapped that idea, kept the characters, and tweaked the murder mystery so that it worked with my characters instead of the other way around. I really love these characters and I'm so glad I could finally find them a home together.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing silly stories when I was really young but the first thing I can actually remember writing was a poem that I wrote when I was 7 on our family's first computer. The computers at school didn't have color and our new computers spiffy writing software had different colors you could use on the font and I used a different color for each line and wrote a poem with the names of the corresponding colors in them. And my mom thought it was so good she managed to get it published two years later.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I review books so NetGalley and Edelweiss catalogs help me find books, I subscribe to a few book-related mailing lists, and then sometimes I get on Amazon, Smashwords, or Wattpad and peruse the libraries.
Describe your desk
The right arm of a leather couch. No room for a desk at the moment so I either use the arm of the couch or my Tiny Tyrant's Hello Kitty Duct Tape covered play table.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Right now my top 5 are (in no particular order):
1. Lacy Eye - Jessica Treadway
2. The Demeter Code - Russell Brooks
3. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
4. Beyond Limits - Laura Griffin
5. One of the Guys - Lisa Aldin

They're all very well written books with amazing characters and plots. These books are not all in the same genre but they are all definitely worth reading!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I ever read but I remember the first book that ever made me feel something. Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White. I read it when I was around 7 or 8 so I can't really remember everything that happened in the book but I do remember it leaving a lasting effect on me. It was the first time that reading something moved me to tears.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to change the outcome. If something has happened in my life that I'm not particularly happy with, I write it down and change the ending. I know that I cannot change the past but writing about it helps me move on.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have a large following at the moment but the people in my life who have expressed enthusiasm in my writing meaning so much more to me than I think I will ever be able to express because they believe in me and my writing enough to spend their hard-earned money on my book. In the future, if I do acquire fans, they will mean a lot to me as well because without fans reading my work, I just have a book I wrote sitting on a dusty shelf.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and my husband. They're my world and I thank the Good Lord that I'm able to wake up every morning and be with them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. I use the Kindle app. I like using my phone though because it's always with me so if I'm in the mood or if I'm trying to kill some time I can just pull up a good book.
Published 2015-01-13.
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Books by This Author

The Letters: The First Clue
Price: Free! Words: 52,010. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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Brodie Barrett is a widowed mother of a 10 year old girl and a homicide detective for the Birmingham Police Department. Everything seems fine in her world until her ex-fiance, Keaton Maddox walks back into her life and a killer starts leaving clues for her to find the bodies of their victims. Who could be sending these letters and why do they want Brodie to find the bodies?