Interview with Ellison James

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Great Northwest, Washington in the United States. Much of my time was spent among the Cascade and Olympic mountains as my entire family were the outdoorsy type. I didn't spend all my time in the woods though. I found the lights and construct and bustle of Seattle oh so appealing. It was the largest city I knew of until adulthood. I remember hopping on a ferry as often as I could so I could walk the waterfront and venture uptown to the Seattle Center, maybe visit the Space Needle building. I think living in this area influenced my writing in a positive way because I often remember all the colors, sights, and smells-the overall feeling these two dichotomous settings of country and city. It now allows me some comfort with writing these settings into my stories. I feel the geography of my youth allows me to move effortlessly between rural and urban settings in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing something, whether it be keeping a journal or simply jotting down ideas and sayings invading my mind. I suppose I started writing with purpose in Junior High School when I found that I could gain attention in writing little limericks, quips, short stories, or anything else deemed taboo at the time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly the schedule I keep and my overriding desire for freedom in everything I do. I've had some things published traditionally and found the experience nearly suffocating. Being an indie author allows me to write what I want and when I want. I'm not necessarily tied down to writing what the market wants. My writing is eclectic and ever-changing and, while this may keep me from becoming world famous, I'm okay with it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write part-time so there's usually not much time left after working full-time and writing evenings. Nonetheless, I am a Pisces and as such, I enjoy anything to do with water. I enjoy spending days on the beach or simply sailing. Barring that, a swim in the pool would do just fine. Lately, I've become quite fond of kayaking.
Describe your desk
Messy. Need I say more? On my desk I keep a box of tissues, a voice recorder, an ipod, notebooks, and lots of snacks. I try to make an effort to sit and accomplish something with each writing session. I reward myself (too often) with little snacks when I accomplish some goal but sometimes just sit listening to music until a particular song sparks an idea.
Published 2018-07-16.
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Books by This Author

Sex in Public (The Complete Series)
Series: Sex in Public, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,380. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
The entire Sex in Public series chronicling the adventures of Wendy Parker from the first time she sees her neighbor naked through her living room window to her adventures on a bus in a foreign country, and culminating in her grand performance in front of a live theater audience.
Center Stage
Series: Sex in Public, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,340. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.50)
Voyeur and exhibitionist, Wendy Parker has a chance to move beyond 'sex in public' when a mysterious package arrives containing party masks and an invitation to become a part of a private club where the entertainment is performance sex.
Lexi's Run
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,120. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
Lexi is on the run. When the hunky bounty hunter, Kyle Frost literally jumps into her life, she may have found love, along with more trouble than any young werewolf princess should have to endure.
Surrogate
Price: Free! Words: 11,710. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
(3.00)
Marla gets more than she bargained for when she participates in a study at the Geil Clinic involving "Remote Influence." Her, and three other women share things that go beyond intimate in this spicy little study involving telepathy, Sapphic desire, and a surrogate who is more than willing to lend herself for the good of the experiment.
Tight End
Price: Free! Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.00)
Tanya is a tomboy. She likes to play football and workout, and everyone sees her only as 'one of the guys.' That is, until billy fills in for one of the football partners and sees her in a different way. This story intended for adults over 17 years of age only. adult theme and graphic depictions of sexual acts.
The Cusp of Libra
Price: Free! Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
(4.67)
A bad turn leaves Shayla's car broken, and her stranded on a deserted mountain road. That is, until Aiden and Liam happen by-in a tow truck to save her. The bad news: Shayla must spend the night in the small town while her car is repaired. The good news: She gets to spend the night with two of the sexiest men she's ever met.
Fantasy League
Price: Free! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.57)
Charlene is frustrated with her husband Jeff’s addiction to a fantasy sports league, so she decides to lure him back to reality by becoming the fantasy. She devises an ingenious plan involving his laptop computer, and a video of her working out, naked. Will her plan work? If the video does not sway his attention, Jeff will be powerless when it ends, and he finds his night has just begun.
All The Right Places
Series: Sex in Public, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.00)
Wendy Parker loves sex in public-a hobby she found after seeing her next-door-neighbor naked. Now she's off to a foreign country for a meeting with a large corporation. Follow Wendy as her and her boyfriend, Rick christen the city of Seoul, South Korea in many places, including an airplane, taxi, restaurant, hotel balcony, and even on the cross-town bus.
The Fifth Beauty
Price: Free! Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.60)
Taijin lives a servant's life under the rule of a tyrannical magistrate in ancient china until the house is visited by a strange and powerful woman who changes the lives of everyone in the local tea-growing region, and changes history. A short story based on the character Azra, the demon succubus from the novel "Lovestruck Succubus. An exciting read about speculative history in ancient China.
Window Treatment
Series: Sex in Public, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.00)
Wendy Parker leads a normal, sane "vanilla" life until one evening when she mistakenly sees a gorgeous man standing naked in the apartment across the street from hers. For reasons unexplained, she's drawn to watch the man and his beautiful partner making love. Things will never be normal for Wendy again, as she enters into a world of voyeurism and exhibitionism.
Pleasure Doing Business
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,450. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
(5.00)
Three high school misfits get together years later to help grow a business. Michelle is getting ready to topple the big guys in the lingerie business; Reshonda and David are both corporate spies. Sparks (and clothes) fly as the three manipulate, pleasure, and eventually trust each other.
Lovestruck Succubus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,630. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.50)
Azra just wants a loving relationship, But her kind of love kills. Ousted from her world. Pursued by a Police Detective for crimes against men, her prospects of mortal love look bleak. That is, until she finds the one man strong enough to survive her. But he's the one chasing her, and he harbors a dark secret of his own. Can they survive each other or will their secrets destroy them both?