Interview with Anna Ellis

What do you read for pleasure?
I will read just about anything as long as I like the characters, from Jane Austen to Stephen King, to Jilly Cooper to J.K Rowling. My latest fav is a YA series by Michael Grant called Gone, and Wool, which is sci-fi, by Hugh Howey. Also, there's a new author named Holly Kerr who is great, a really funny, easy to read story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the kindle app on my ipad and a Kobo in the house as well
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Reaching out to readers one by one. I have my website and facebook page, but I've also commented on every review I've found on my books, thanking the readers for taking the time to share their opinions. I'd love to get to know my readers because I'm doing this for them as well as for myself!
Describe your desk
It's not a desk but a table, with really skinny legs that I'm afraid some day will give out if anyone leans on it! It's fairly messy, with papers and pens and notes strewn about. I have my daytimer which is effective until about March, and then I forget to use it. I sit in my comfy chair right by the window which makes it chilly in the winter - like now - and distracting in the spring because I overlook one of my gardens and can watch things grow.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country and was often found playing alone, which led me to create really good stories in my head to amuse myself.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid, and decided to write down some of the stories in my head. I've been writing ever since, but I first published, and therefore could call myself a writer in 2012
What's the story behind your latest book?
We have a group of friends who like to socialize with us on Friday nights. We are all very good friends, but one day I got thinking...what if we were a different type of friend...? The Husband and Wives series lets me explore the what if
What motivated you to become an indie author?
countless rejection letters and a frustration that my dream of being a writer was never going to happen. Plus, I read a little book called Fifty Shades and thought, if she could do it, maybe I could too!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Give me a little time to get settled and I'd be happy to answer!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
when a reader tells me how one of my books affected them, if they liked it, if it made them laugh, cry, get excited, etc. the fact that people in the world are reading what I wrote - that never gets old!!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! They are the reason I'm writing right now
Who are your favorite authors?
Jilly Cooper, Jane Austen, J.K Rowling, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sooner I get out of bed in the morning, the sooner I get to write
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
with my family, reading, watching movies/television, running, gardening, spending time with friends...I really need more hours in the day to fit everything in!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm reading a lot of erotica these days, to see what's out there and I also like to check out other indie authors that I come across on facebook
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a bunny trying to cross the road. I don't think it ended well
What is your writing process?
Music, tea, no kids around! Sometimes I need a little thinking time before I can get things down on paper, so running or a long shower is helpful
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rivals (Jilly Cooper), The Stand, V by A.C Crispin
That was surprisingly easy!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a short story with some of the characters from Husbands and Wives, and then onto a novel, as well as beginning character sketches for a new book which I'll write under a different name
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I actually don't! I remember books I read as a child and my opinions of them but not the impact they had on me as a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I call my graphic girl! I am not artistic!
Published 2014-02-09.
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