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. 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
Oh, you're going to get me into trouble! 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 usually have my computer on my lap or on a low table in front of me. I don't get distracted easily, so I often work in the living room with my kids while they watch cartoons or play video games, or next to my husband in bed late at night when inspiration strikes.
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! My son is starting lessons this fall, so maybe he can teach me some moves. I do box and dance almost every day.
How do you approach cover design?
My publisher, Earth Lodge, has a great design team. I knew I wanted Siri on the cover, but I didn't want to see her face. I wanted the reader to be able fill in the character with their imagination. Plus, it's pretty awful when a book cover doesn't look anything like the character description. I love what Earth Lodge has done, everything they come up with is amazing.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am wrapping up the Inner Origins trilogy. I have a few ideas for new books -- one with a utopian future that's under siege, another about how the fae split into the Light and Dark over a thousand years ago, and one that is all about Alec. I think I'm probably going to start with that last one, since he is just so much fun to write about. I'd really like to see all the things he was up to when Siri wasn't around.
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.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am so grateful to my fans. The first time "Shades of Valhalla" 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 2016-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Storming - Full Disclosure Book 2
Price: $3.99 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.
The Warping - Full Disclosure Book One
Series: Earth Lodge Books for Young Readers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,400. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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.
Heart Ward - An Inner Origins Companion
Series: Inner Origins · Earth Lodge Books for Young Readers. Price: $0.99 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 · Earth Lodge Books for Young Readers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,680. 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 · Earth Lodge Books for Young Readers. Price: Free! Words: 85,290. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016 by Earth Lodge. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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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 · Earth Lodge Books for Young Readers. 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.