Interview with Ellis Logan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One of the first stories I ever wrote was about a cat whose house flooded when he cried, and he had to build a boat and rescue himself. I was 7. My parents were in a business meeting and I was supposed to stay quiet for several hours in the back of the huge conference room where they could see me. It was the 1980's, we didn't have tablets back then to play on, so I asked a secretary for some paper and pens, and started writing and drawing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I was a child, I started writing stories to entertain myself. Later, I wrote stories that helped me work through things in my mind. Now, when I write, it's a conversation with the characters. I never planned to get into writing paranormal fantasy or scifi. I never dreamed of writing a whole series. That kind of scope was totally beyond me. Then, one day I woke up and the words were in my head, circling around and around until I got them onto paper. My characters speak to me. When I sleep, they're in my dreams. Now, if I go more than a couple days without writing, I feel twitchy and restless. Writing is a release. It's ecstatic. The process itself is the joy.
Describe your desk
Since I was a kid I always worked on my bed or in a comfy chair. I'm most comfortable in a half-lotus position, so I have a large swivel chair that allows me to watch wildlife and birds outside the windows by my desk. The desk itself is an old, dark wood secretary. Instead of stationary in the little cubbies, I have notes, pens, crystals. I don't get distracted easily, so the desk is in the middle of the house near the kitchen and living room where I can be near the family while I work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my family doing outdoor activities like swimming, skiing, hiking. I love to cook and try out new recipes. People always ask me if I do parkour like Siri: No, but I wish I did! I live vicariously through my son, who knows all the moves. I try to do some yoga, skiing or boxing every day to balance the hours I sit at the desk writing or on the sofa reading.
How do you approach cover design?
My publisher, Earth Lodge, has a great design team. It's pretty awful when a book cover doesn't look anything like the character description or just feels out of step with the message of the book. I love what Earth Lodge has done, everything they come up with is amazing. The designer always reads the books, and they nail the cover each time.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on ideas for the third book in my Post Magic series. It's a really fun series, a lot more intricate than my earlier works, with many threads and arcs running through it. It's exciting coming up with new avenues to explore, and Post Magic has SO much potential since its literally a whole new world.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up obsessed with the classics -- Dostoevsky, Homer, Hugo. For their humor and quirks, I loved everything by Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut. Lately, I am really loving Meghan Ciana Doidge, Cassandra Clare and Vera Nazarian.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have to get up because I have kids! But I love my life, really. My work is great and I love my family. Every day something new and exciting happens, whether it's on paper or in real life. We moved states last year and every day still feels like a vacation. If anyone reading this is contemplating making a big change, I would say "Go for it!" Change is scary, but the end result can be truly magical.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I am so grateful to my fans. When my first book hit a bestseller list, I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised when that happened. I love writing the books -- the fact that people love reading them is a blessing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love writing, but the whole submission process for publication was pretty daunting. I applied to agents and a few publishing houses and each one had different requirements for what they wanted me to send. So not only was it scary, it was really time consuming. Then I stumbled upon Earth Lodge and I saw how easy they made their process. And I liked their message -- most of their books are holistic and inspirational. They were just starting up a new fantasy division. So I sent in my manuscript for "Shades of Valhalla," and they loved it! I'm really happy with the job they've done promoting the book and getting it out there to readers on so many platforms. Smashwords has been a big part of that, so thanks!
Published 2019-07-19.
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Books by This Author

Lost Moon - Book Two in a Post Magic World
Series: Post Magic. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,950. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2019 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Cat-eared chimeras, hunky detectives, cagey zealots and a slave-trading space station. If you liked Firefly, Dark Angel, Lost Girl, Dark Matter or the Dresden Files, you'll love Post Magic, a wild paranormal sci-fi series with steampunk elements.
Post Magic
Series: Post Magic. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,770. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2019 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Witchy chimeras, homesick feudal lords, tough settlers, and one simple postal worker just trying to get by. When a criminal plot and one angry detective threaten to derail her plans for a cozy reunion, Nikta Kozan digs in her claws, getting dragged along on an adventure you won't want to miss. If you liked Firefly, Dark Angel, Lost Girl, or the Dresden Files, you'll love this paranormal fantasy.
The Burning - Full Disclosure Book 3
Series: Full Disclosure, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,710. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Ana Alvarsson isn't even close to perfect. She's made a lot of mistakes, and she just might lose someone she cares about because of them. Now, in the thrilling conclusion to the Full Disclosure series, Ana will find out that sometimes the only way to shine is to admit you have flaws.
The Storming - Full Disclosure Book 2
Series: Full Disclosure, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,060. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Ana's too mad to bother trying to behave. Her parents have exiled her to Aeden to study and meditate with Airmed the Ancient while her boyfriend has been kidnapped by some seriously evil warpers. Every night, he haunts her dreams. How long can David survive the warpers' experiments? Ana's got the perfect plan to rescue him, and it's only got one flaw... her.
Dream Tracker - Starseeds Two
Series: Starseeds. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,820. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2017 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
How do you follow your dreams when the stars are conspiring against you? Our favorite rock star is back with the gang and ready for action. Dark government plots and international intrigue are afoot, and Callie finds herself swept up in the action while she tries to juggle new powers and romance with an indomitable independent spirit.
The Warping - Full Disclosure Book One
Series: Full Disclosure, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,400. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ana lives in a perfect world, and she's tired of hiding her flaws... THE WARPING is the first book in the YA fantasy series, Full Disclosure, bringing together the best elements of Ellis Logan’s paranormal Starseeds & Inner Origins series, complete with alien-hybrids, humans and fae. Suitable for ages 12 to 105.
Song Walker - Starseeds One
Series: Starseeds. Price: Free! Words: 69,800. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Will you fight to free your mind? There's a new world coming. One where your thoughts aren't always your own. Callie Winters is just a regular rock-and-roll girl playing drums in a band, until a lunar eclipse awakens strange abilities and she crosses paths with an ancient secret organization. Who can she trust, in this dangerous new world?
Heart Ward - An Inner Origins Companion
Series: Inner Origins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,890. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Heart Ward, the Inner Origins companion novella, is a short and steamy leap deep into the mind and heart of Alec Ward. In this exciting retelling of the love story between Alec and Siri, you get to see what he was doing before they met, and experience firsthand his inner struggle to let himself love again. Read this novella after Book 2 or 3 in the Inner Origins Series (after Shades of Valhalla)
Gifts of Elysielle - Inner Origins Book Three
Series: Inner Origins. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,870. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2016 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Choosing day is finally here, and it's time for Siri to discover the real treasure of Aeden. She won’t help the Shades ruin lives and destroy everything she cares about. But soon, her powers could save or end the world. What if she makes a mistake? Can one girl really make a difference? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to bestselling author Ellis Logan’s Inner Origins series.
Shades of Valhalla - Inner Origins Book One
Series: Inner Origins. Price: Free! Words: 85,290. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Magic. Mayhem. One girl to save the world, or end it… Enter the hidden world of the fae, the most ancient race on the planet and uncover the inner origins of humanity. There is an unseen war going on between the Light and the Dark, and seventeen year old Siri Alvarsson holds the fate of the world in her hands. Which side will she choose? Can one girl really save the world alone?
Fates of Midgard - Inner Origins Book Two
Series: Inner Origins. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,560. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2016 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Siri Alvarsson holds the fate of the world in her hands. But nothing prepared her to enter the hidden world of the fae, the most ancient race on the planet. Which side will she choose? Can she find the antidote she needs to heal her mother and stop the evil plans of the Shade Council? Can one girl really save the world alone? YA paranormal fantasy action-packed with mythology, magic and romance.