Interview with Ellen Dean

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I certainly do. I was eight years old and my story was about a grizzly bear in the mountains. The bear was about to attack a man, but the man had no bullets in his gun to defend himself. So the man had to think quickly. There was ice on the ground. He picked an ice pellet, put it in his gun, and shot the bear in the head. The bear ended up with water on the brain. I still have my original copy in an old school book.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read Jackie Collins novels. I prefer the Lucky Santangelo series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I promote other people 80% and myself 20%. I find that way particularly effective because while I'm promoting others, I'm being promoted too. I do use social networking but mostly to write fun stuff. I think if we bombard people with our own work they eventually get sick of it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has opened up many distribution avenues to indie publishers giving our books legs to run. Another massive plus is the the team - they are amazingly helpful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose the greatest joy of writing for me is getting into a characters head. You are the boss and can make them do anything you want; without backchat.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be writing.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on two manuscripts at the moment. Beyond Midnight, the sequel to Beautiful Strangers, and Vampire Farmer.
Who are your favorite authors?
Two of my favourite authors are Jackie Collins and Dan Brown.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger :-)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I spend my time thinking about writing. I play my Uke and Bongos, and sing badly, but I'm still thinking about writing. I make fun vids for youtube. Oh yes, and I play Wii Tennis :-)
Why do you write?
I love to tell stories.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

The Scottish Highlands - A Photographer's Paradise
By Ellen Dean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A Great Travel Guide. You can use Aviemore as a base to visit the places shown in this book. Scenic drives, majestic castles and wonderful coastlines. Ellen Dean takes her camera to some of her favourite places in the Scottish Highlands from impressive castles to beautiful coastlines via the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains.
Food & Drink Quotes by Famous People from Sophia Loren to Jamie Oliver. Carry on Cooking!
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A collection of fun and feisty quotes to tickle your taste buds from chefs to celebrities with some surprising sources - no pun intended!
Famous Writing Quotes by Famous People from Charlotte Bronte to Terry Pratchett
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Quotes to inspire and motivate you when you are staring at a blank page. Inspirational writing quotes to get your creative juices flowing from some of our famous and brilliant authors such as Charlotte Bronte, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Mark Twain.
Native American Quotes
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Remain Close To The Great Spirit. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. An intimate collection of thought provoking, spiritual and poignant Native American quotes. Includes quotes from Chief Seattle, Crazy Horse and Tecumseh.
Gay Quotes by Famous People from Annie Lennox to President Barack Obama
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Whether you are GAY or NOT this book will enlighten you. A witty, wise and fun collection of GAY quotes from some of the worlds most famous and fabulous people - gay and straight - including celebrities Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox and America's Leader President Barack Obama.
More Famous Quotes by Famous People from Hippocrates to Oprah Winfrey
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Our life is what our thoughts make it. If you have passion you will have SUCCESS. Many successful people have suffered disappointments; the trick is to learn from them and carry on regardless. The quotes in this book will inspire you and help you to stay focussed. The second collection of positive quotes by famous people from Hippocrates to Oprah Winfrey. Keep your inspiration flowing!
Sam and Diana's Musical Jaunt
By Ellen Dean
Price: Free! Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
A light-hearted tale told using song titles. Can you spot your favourites?
Happiness Quotes by Famous People from Aristotle to Freddie Mercury. Be Happy!
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
A selection of happy feel good quotes, with a dash of the profound, from some of the world's most well known leaders and achievers. Laid out in A-Z format for easy reference.
Live Your Dreams One Step At A Time
By Ellen Dean
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,270. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
How to live YOUR dreams one step at a time using our Stepping Stones System and the Universal Law of Attraction.
Famous Quotes by Famous People from Socrates to Nicole Kidman. Be Inspired!
By Ellen Dean
Series: Motivational & Fun Quotes by Famous People - Be Inspired!. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A selection of quirky, inspirational and feel good quotes from some of the world's most well known leaders and achievers. Laid out in A-Z format for easy reference.
Beautiful Strangers
By Ellen Dean
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 91,510. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2010. Category: Fiction
Be careful what you wish for - it might come true! When rich bitch gynaecologist Hyacinth Dickinson casts a spell for her perfect woman, a lover to match her desire for danger, diamonds and sex, she is bewitched when the beautiful, innocent Beth McConnell turns up at a garden party she is hosting. For the first time in her complicated life Hyacinth falls in love.