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Today I’m on the ‘The Warrior Knight and the Widow’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).
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Protected by The Beast
Undone by the man
Racing cross-country pursued by danger, widow Lady Ellena Swein isn’t pleased to be taken back to her father’s castle. But with his knight Sir Braedan Leofric, also known as The Beast, as her captor, she has little choice! Ellena is surprised by his honourable and protective nature, even if she shouldn’t trust him. And when all seems to conspire against them, Braedan’s secret could either extinguish the spark between them or make it burn brighter.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I started writing when I was very young but looking back those early works seem largely to be about She ra and I’m not sure my artistic talents were up to the illustrations I did to go with them. When I was older I discovered that I could actually work in book publishing, which seemed like an ideal career. I loved it but as I worked with authors to develop their own manuscripts I began to think that maybe this was something I could do myself. It turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined. My first attempt is buried deep in a drawer somewhere and my second and third are hidden somewhere equally obscure. I persevered and learned a lot about the craft of putting a story together. I’ve published five Pocket Novels with DC Thomson but The Warrior Knight and the Widow is my biggest book so far.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Growing up I loved the Famous Five and Malory Towers. I enjoy reading almost anything but I do prefer stories with a HEA (life can be hard work and so I want to feel happy when I read). I particularly enjoy Virginia Heath, Catherine Tinley, Julia Quinn, Jo Watson and MhairiMcfarlane.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’m hard-pressed to choose between Jo Watson and Mhairi Mcfarlane but the advice I’d really like from both of them is the same. I’d like to know how they make their writing so consistently funny so that I could apply that technique to my own writing.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d like to invite the hero of the manuscript I’m writing at the moment. Jarin is a medieval earl whose estate is an old and privileged one. His life should be perfect but I think he’s very lonely and could really do with someone friendly to chat to.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I’ve got a full time job and two young children so I write when and where I can (watching swimming lessons, waiting for the kettle to boil, that sort of thing). I used to enjoy hand-writing everything with a certain penbut sadly I don’t have time to do that anymore.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Haha, I don’t think my characters are based on anyone real. I may take aspects of a person and use them in my novels, for example my daughter has unusual coloured eyes and those have made an appearance, as have my husband’s dark brown ones. My mum also bakes an incredibly delicious lemon meringue pie and that particular dish was a heroine’s favourite dish cooked by her mother. But, nobody in my life needs to be worried.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I think that I’m somewhere in between. When I’m thinking of a new plot I like to sit down and handwrite a paragraph for each chapter. Occasionally I’ll add a snippet of dialogue. When I’ve finished I put that outline in a file and only take it out if I’m stuck. Sometimes I’ve moved wildly away from my original outline but that’s OK so long I’m heading to the end I’ve planned.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My main advice would be to read as much as you can, especially but not exclusively, in the genre you want to write in. But after that have a little break so that you can develop your own voice. The other thing to do is to keep going. It’s easy to come up with a wonderful idea but it’s hard to sustain enthusiasm over the length of time it takes to finish a novel. Don’t give up!
What are your futureplans as an author?
I’m currently writing another medieval romance set in the same world as The Warrior Knight and the Widow and after that I’ll have to wait and see whether Mills and Boon are still interested in me 🙂 .
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Ella Matthews.
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