Interview with Sherry Ellis

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a middle grade series that features two kids who travel through the Earth and end up in different countries. Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China is the first book. It will be published by Dancing Lemur Press. Release date: September 4, 2018.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! In the picture book genre, I like Jane Yolen and Sandra Boyton. Rick Riordan is a favorite for middle grade, and John Greene is a favorite for YA.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a professional musician, so a lot of my time is spent either practicing, teaching, or performing. (I play the violin, viola, and piano.) For fun, I enjoy hiking and exploring the world.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was eight years old. It was called, "Kingdom in the Clouds." The thing was about thirty pages long, complete with illustrations. Not bad for an eight-year-old. I still have it in my collection of childhood treasures.
What is your writing process?
I'm a plotter. I've tried the "pantsing" thing, but I end up getting distracted and not finishing projects when I do that. I do a lot of research and outlining-especially for my middle grade books. That's not to say that I don't veer from the outline. Sometimes the story evolves differently than expected. But I have a general idea of where I want to go and what's going to happen.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably the story that had the biggest impact on me, was one my teacher read when I was in second grade: James and the Giant Peach. I was mesmerized by it. I think it's the thing inspired me to use my imagination and create my own stories.
Describe your desk
When I'm writing, it's a mess! I have stacks of papers, at least three pencils (with erasers), research books, and notebooks scattered around. I actually write out my manuscripts by hand, so I use a lot of paper, pencils, and erasers!

When I'm not writing, It's perfectly neat. I can't stand looking at messes, so I always clean up after I'm done working. Usually!
When did you first start writing?
I started creating my first stories when I was eight years old. Writing was something I enjoyed. I never thought I'd be a published author, though. That didn't happen until I was in my mid-thirties. My daughter, who was three years old at the time, was the one who encouraged me to pursue a career as an author .
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love using my imagination and creating new worlds, characters, and problems to solve. I love it even more when I hear that kids are enjoying what I have created.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are awesome! They keep me going even when writer's block hits. Knowing that people out there like what I'm doing and support me, makes it all worthwhile. A huge thanks to all of my fans!
Published 2018-02-08.
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