Welcome to my stop on J S Ellis’ In Her Words blog tour with Love Books Group Tours!
Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
My Name is Joanne and I write under the pen name J.S Ellis and I wrote my debut psychological thriller In Her Words. I’m also working a mystery thriller novel a dystopian series. I also started a you tube channel recently all about crafting thrillers.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I get my ideas from reading and movies and when I’m commuting where I put my headphone and build stories in my head.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
No, not really. All the characters are fictional purely fragments of my imagination.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
Usually I would know what I’m going to name the characters before I start writing the book. If I don’t know what to name or I’ll be in doubt, I look in baby name sites or look at the end credits of movies/tv show to get idea of names.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I’m pantser so I don’t plan out my novels or do elaborate outlines. I’ll have the idea and make a list in bullet points with where I plan where the story needs to go, I do the basic what if question and divided act 1 to 2 and 3 and I start writing. I would know the ending before I start writing, though.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Taylor Jenkins Reid and I would ask her where did she learn to write like that, that lady can write a good a story. I would ask her for tips crafting such emotional stories.
Were you a big reader as a child?
As child no, I wasn’t in fact funnily enough I hated reading. At school they used to make us stand and read aloud, as a dyslexic child, it made me stammer with nerves. I got into reading later on in my teens and thanks to reading, it improved my dyslexia.
When did you start to write?
At sixteen while I was doing my O’Levels I had this dream and I wanted to write it down and I couldn’t do anything else but to finish it. I still have that story written down in a notebook with a pencil.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Brave New World but not because I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed it a lot but it was confusing to me, that book most of time I couldn’t’ understand what was happening and then ended and I was so disappointed. Maybe, I would have made it clearer as the story was rather complicated in my humble opinion.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
1984 for sure.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
The confessions of the grumpy introvert xD
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) there is a local coffee shop in Malta surrounded with books you can have coffee or cake and read. What more could you want?
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I’m working on two projects one is resting while I give the final revision and send it off to my editor. It’s an adult dystopian which will be a series. And the other is a thriller/horror novel about a guy whose dad dies in sudden a heart attack after he got married. The father and son had estranged relationship, so Franklin the main character didn’t meet his father new bride. He later finds you she was survivor in mass murder that killed her friends and her boyfriend at the time.
Tell us about your last release?
In her words is about Sophie she’s an accountant with drinking problem who writes in diary to keep account of her on goings. She hides her drinking from her husband, one night she goes out with her friend and wakes up the next day with bruises all over body and no memory what happened her.
Do you have a new release due?
In Her Words is coming out on 7th May it’s available for pre-order at the moment. The first book in a dystopian The Chaperon will come out later this year or beginning of the next year.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
This my debut so I’m not sure maybe I open a bottle of wine and eat some cheese.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Thank you so much for the opportunity.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Joanne 🙂
Back of the Book…..
While she seems to have it all, Sophie Knight
is looking for more. When gorgeous and carefree Michael Frisk walks into her
life, he offers the excitement and passion she desires.
Sophie is willing to risk everything she has.
After all, she is used to concealing things from her husband—like her
alcoholism, her unhappiness. But soon she has more to hide. She wakes up one
morning in an alcoholic haze and finds bruises on her body, but has no recollection
of what happened to her. Was she raped?
When unsettling notes and mysterious phone
calls start, Sophie wonders whom she should turn to. Is Michael the cause of
the frightening things happening in her life, or is he the answer to her
J.S Ellis is a thriller author. She’s currently working on an adult Dystopian series called
the Chaperone. She’s also working on another thriller novel, for now, it’s called
Opium, as it’s still a wip.
J.S always liked to scribble from a young age but started writing by the age of sixteen.
She spent all this time, enhancing and learning about the craft. Writing is her
passion books are her obsession.
She has a degree in Creative Writing, English literature, and digital marketing. She
works in an accountancy firm. She lives in Malta with her fiancé. When she’s
not writing or reading, she’s either cooking, eating cheese, and chocolate, or
listening to good music and enjoying a glass of wine or two.