Interview of Ella Emerson

When did you first start writing?
I began writing during high school. Mainly poems and short stories. I have always had a huge imagination and would mainly write screenplays.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
It is a journey of self discovery as Allison tries to find happiness. She was in a loveless marriage and now she is out, she is scared to put her heart out there and afraid of new things. But as you will read she overcomes her fears and begins to enjoy life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I had always wanted to write, and with a passion and a little motivation from my husband I began writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We shall soon find out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing the characters to life. Creating their tags and personalities.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!! They mean the world to me and I can’t believe I actually have a few.
What are you working on next?
I am working on Book 2 in the Sky Watcher Series and then after that release I will be finishing up a standalone novel titled The Vanilla Bet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lauren Blakely, Sophia Kinsella, J.K. Rowling, Joy Eileen…just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
my children.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love going to the beach, and tiki restaurants. I love the sand, surf, sea. I love spending time with my kids and playing games. I love the movies and love 80’s chick flicks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through facebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sky Watcher is the first story I have ever completed. The first story I ever wrote, was about a girl in high school who was trying to uncover a murder mystery. It was never titled.
What is your writing process?
I like to start with a little brainstorming session. Then I look for pictures which inspire me. Then I open up a word doc. and begin.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story, no. The story which had the greatest impact on me was That was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton. I remember studying about her in school, and she became a writer because she couldn’t relate to the stories she had read while she was in school, so her teacher told her to write her own.
How do you approach cover design?
The first book I did the cover design myself, which you can tell. I plan on looking for a new cover and re-releasing. I am still looking.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. That was Then, This is now. By S.E. Hinton
2. Harry Potter (great book)
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella
5. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.
All of these books are very well written with a great story.
What do you read for pleasure?
everything romance. I love erotic, contemporary, NA, YA. I am not so much into paranormal or history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my ipad, which I switch between Ibooks and the kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
still trying to figure this one out. Mostly Facebook.
Describe your desk
Pathetic. It has papers everywhere with random email addresses of prize winners. My calendar is always in view. Also a notebook with random messages that only I can decipher (sometimes) is always open.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as a military brat and have lived in many different cities and countries. I think this has helped shape me into the woman I have become. I love traveling and love writing about different places in my stories.
What do you want your fans to know?
I want them to know that I promise to make each book better than the last. I know I am still learning and if you are patient hopefully one day I will knock one out of the park.

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