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Digging up Dirt with Author Jay Ellis.

An Author Interview

by Coey Cain

Author Jay Ellis

I had the great pleasure of getting the scoop on Author, Jay Ellis. Right from the start, I want to thank him for taking the time to tell us about himself, answer my batty questions, and I hope you have as much fun as I did getting his responses. So, thank you, Jay.  The pleasure was mine.

Jay Ellis writes primarily Fantasy, for teen readers. He’s been writing for about 17 years from Essex, UK.

… and I’m sorry, ladies, he’s engaged. He proposed to his fiance, Tammy, on Valentine’s Day. How romantic is that? He’s the proud father of three little boys under the age of seven and it’s a wonder he has time for anything else!

“Before you pick up the pen to write, make sure you realize how long you’ll carry it for and how heavy it will be” -Jay Ellis

I met Jay Ellis several months ago and he’s kept me entertained with his wit, humor and charm since day-one. Something about his English accent makes him even more interesting. He’s self-publishing, he designs his own book covers, and he’s always working on something new. He’s been an inspiration to me since I’ve known him, just don’t have the coffee vs. tea argument with this bloke. He’s English and very serious about his tea.

Let’s get to it, then. I asked, ‘Who is Jay Ellis?’ I want to know more than the basics but I did cover all the good stuff, as well.

Spotlight: Jay Ellis. 

Links to the Author

Here’s all the links you’ll need to find Jay.

Jason Ellis on Amazon
Jay Ellis’ Website
Author, Jay Ellis on Facebook
Jay Ellis, Author’s Blog

 

Let the Games Begin.

I wanted to have some fun. I asked Jay some questions just to see what he would come up with. As a writer, it’s our job to create. Day after day, we spend our lives exaggerating, embellishing, telling stories and doing the best we can to entertain those around us. I wanted to put him on the spot and test his ability to talk his way through some confounding questions. Also, I like to hear him talk… So, check it out. Jay Ellis tells us what he’s going to do in a Zombie Apocalypse, why Superheroes wear their underpants on the outside, and much more.

Hypothetical Hotspot with Jay Ellis.

“Jason Ellis – Wears a cap, he’s English and he drinks tea.  His books must be great!”

Jay has a plethora of books to choose from on Amazon.com, so, head on over there and check out the many titles he has to offer. Here’s some additional links to get you started.

Amelia Maylock, book one; The 12th Year AwakeningAmelia Maylock, book two; Hidden in the AmethystAmelia Maylock, book three; Ysmirao and the Pearl of TimeAmelia Maylock, book four; The Jade Treasure of Shadows – Amelia Maylock, 12th Year Awakening; book oneThe 12th Year Awakening; Amelia Maylock (Amelia Maylock books) – Banana Skins on the TableDecide Your FateThe ‘Footballing’ Week, book oneThe Mansly AffairTime Runs Uneven: Universal Secrets TrilogyThe Secret’s Out 

Shadows & Voices, by Jay Ellis

Shadows & Voices; A Holly Silverstone Adventure

by Jay Ellis

Thank you, again, Jay. As always, you’re fantastic and a load of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I look forward to hounding you for an exclusive when your next book comes out.

To the readers and guests, please stay tuned to find out which Author will take a seat in the Hypothetical Hotspot.

Until next time, folks, remember to stay on your toes.

Coey Cain

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The Heir – from the Portal series

I’ve been slack on here, but sometimes life just takes over and the internet gets shoved to one side. I moved house, lost my internet connection for several weeks and was swamped in packing, moving and then unpacking. Oh, and finding schools, doctors, banks, shops, all those little essentials that need to be sorted out.

Somehow, in amongst all that, I managed to find the time and space to finish a new short story, which was just released.

The Heir.

The Heir - from the Portal seriesHeavily pregnant, her magic waning, and the life of her unborn child threatened by her consort, Lilith flees her home to seek the aid of her sister. Heather has been in hiding and only Lilith knows where she is or how to reach her.

Heather holds the healing magic that Lilith needs and Heather lives in the one place where Lilith’s unborn child might be safe. Continue reading

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Weaving The Threads

One of the hardest things about writing Fantasy is trying to create a rich, multifaceted world with intriguing amounts of depth. You can write for literally years getting lost in the minutia of creating a fantasy world but ebook readers like their content to come fast and furious. For this reason a lot of writers create one world and stick to it for as long as humanly possible. Still there are a few tips I’ve discovered to help make weaving the intricate threads of your world together a little easier.

Time

First, accept that it’s going to take some time. I’d recommend at least a year’s worth of time spent in research and just taking notes. Your story will seem richer if you spend as much time as possible living in the fantasy world you’re going to create. You want to see it go through all of it’s seasons, holidays and environmental changes and the easiest way to do that is to take down notes as you go through their real life equivalent.

Organize

Once you know the key races, cultures, holidays, lands, naming schemes, etc etc etc for your story you’re going to have a mountain of notes and ideas. One of the most important things you can do is get organized early and stay organized the whole way through. It doesn’t matter if you’re the type that organizes by throwing all the relevant items for a particular race into a box and not looking at it ever again, or if you’re the type of person that takes copious color coded notes – decide what you’re going to do and stick with it. Last thing you’re going to want is to decide a month or two in that you need to drop what your doing at the moment so you can reorganize your entire system. Remember, writers block isn’t just about staring at that blank page, it’s finding yourself neck deep in meaningless chores that only detract from your actual writing time.

Explore

Spend time throughout the year exploring all the angles. Go ahead and indulge yourself thinking up the birthday rituals of the blind warriors of the craggy depths. You might not encounter these blind warriors, and their penchant for gifting each elaborate garments each embossed with well wishes from their entire village meant to be worn only in battle, in your first book but when you do find an occasion to mention it you’ll be overjoyed to have fully fleshed out the idea before hand saving yourself time in crafting the culture of the moment off the cuff.

Hopefully those three tips will prove as invaluable for you all as they have for me. Whatever else, remember, get writing and keep writing until the thing is done!

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Equinox.

September 23rd will be Autumn Equinox, the day when light and dark are in perfect balance. This is also the day when events in the final book in the Portal series, Child of the Portal, begin. It’s the date of the first major character death and the beginning of the end.

Today is Launch day for the Paperback edition of Child of the Portal. Keep reading for a chance to win a copy.

Excerpt.

Child of the PortalKate and Lily sat drinking tea in Lily’s kitchen. Winter was starting to set in properly and there was frost on the ground most mornings.

“You’ve had your hair cut,” Lily observed, feeling the need to break the silence that surrounded them in the kitchen.

“Yes. I had it done the other day,” Kate confirmed, her hair still long but trimmed shorter than it had been, falling now only to rest on her shoulders instead of flowing down her back.

“It looks good.” The compliment fell easily from Lily’s lips. She smiled and it radiated the simple sincerity behind her few words. Continue reading

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