Ellen Boyd


Ellen is an author hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Her books tend to have a mixture of drama, suspense, action, and humour woven throughout their pages. She loves writing about family dynamics, especially fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, and brothers. Ellen says she has no idea why; it must just be part of her DNA. All of her stories are also clean reads. No cursing, sex, or gratuitous violence. And she loves to write strong characters—whether they be male or female, young or old—each with an undeniably vulnerable side and hidden insecurities. She sometimes writes romance but it's typically a subplot as opposed to a genre.

Just like there are two sides to every coin, there are multiple sides to every human being. Ellen's goal is to shine a light to reveal those various aspects in each of her characters.

She honestly doesn't believe a book can have suspense and action without at least some violence but that how the violence is described makes all the difference. She strives to write drama without the 'melo'. Fair warning, her humour contains a lot of dry wit, but it's owned within the story in that one or more character usually rolls his/her eyes or the character doling out said wit acknowledges their atypical sense of humour quite readily.

Although Ellen's inspiration for writing came from Dean Koontz, her true writing journey started with her graduation from the screenwriting program at Vancouver Film School (British Columbia, Canada), a skill she continues to use to this day, but she eventually circled back around to her original passion—writing books. She has been heard saying that she can only hope and pray that her books will someday be worthy to be set on the shelf next to the likes of Fear Nothing, Seize the Night, and everything Odd Thomas because it will be at that time that her dream has truly been realized!

‘Pride Be Damned: The Toby Garrison Chronicles—Book One’ is Ellen's first published novel. The second book in the series, 'Good Samaritan' was published on September 15th, 2018!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
This seemed like such a simple question when I first read it. Then I started to formulate my answer . . . and, yeah, it's not as simple as I thought. I guess it kind of depends on what you mean by 'writing'. I started writing poetry when I was about eight years old, with the most difficult task being to find words that rhyme with love and guinea pigs. ;-) Pretty sure my first career aspiration, which just happened to be around the same time period, was to become a veterinarian—no surprise there, I guess. Anyway, poetry was still my writing of choice as a teen (though it was more angsty) but I also wrote short stories which never got finished. Much later in life, I decided to delve into the wonderful world of fanfiction but only as a reader at first. Then I went to film school as a mature student and got a certificate in Screenwriting for Film and Television. It wasn't until a couple years after that that I published my first story on fanfiction (dot) net. Everyone on that site is so lovely and encouraging that I just kept writing stories in various fandoms to the point that sharing my work didn't seem quite so daunting! Don't get me wrong, it still terrifies me, just not as much as it used to. Eventually, I decided to convert one of my film ideas into a short story, which then became a novella, which morphed into a novel. And, so, Pride Be Damned was born.:-) Long answer to such a short question. Sorry. *blush* LoL
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always say, Dean Koontz inspired me to be an author and Eric Kripke inspired me to be a screenwriter. To be honest, though, becoming an indie author was more a necessity than anything else. But I've really come to love it. However, I am glad that I had help with my first book. Michael Terence Publishing, a small hybrid-indie/traditional publishing company based in the UK expressed an interest and, boy, was I thankful! Because I knew absolutely NOTHING about publishing a book! They gave me tips and advice, as well as took care of the cover art for me (which I love) and the actual formatting, and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything because I might not have had the courage to publish Pride Be Damned if they hadn't believed in me and my book! But you can read the full story about that journey on my website, if you like. Anyway, the majority of the marketing (book signings, promotions, etc) fell on my shoulders. Now, let me just say, I am NOT a sales person in any way shape or form. Whether I believe in the product or not, which in this case I totally do, I have a REALLY hard time 'assuming the sale' as they say. I seem all outgoing and gung-ho but that's because I love to laugh and joke around. In normal situations where I have to put my heart on the table, I am SUPER SHY. And come on, let's face it, isn't that exactly what we're doing when we ask someone to read our books? Putting our hearts on the table? Still, the more I learn about this marketing side of things, the more I think I might actually . . . enjoy it. Of course, that might just be wishful thinking. Maybe I'll go full-indie next time. :-)
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The Toby Garrison Chronicles
The adventures and exploits of 15-year-old Toby Garrison as he deals with corrupt law enforcement, overbearing family members, high school bullies, and, oh yeah, enemies his uncle acquired while in the US Special Forces. You know, the usual. Good times.


Pride Be Damned—The Toby Garrison Chronicles, Book One
Series: The Toby Garrison Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 71,630. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
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“Fifteen-year-old Toby Garrison blames himself for the car accident that took his mother's life three months ago. When his dad goes missing, the pompous small-town sheriff refuses to do anything about it! When two thugs attack Toby in his sleep, he doesn't know who to turn to! Enter Jake, the Special Forces uncle Toby barely knows. Can Toby trust this self-proclaimed black sheep of the family?"

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