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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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Black March

For those of you who don’t know me, I spend a lot of time on Google Plus. I love the relationships, news and information I’ve encountered there. Being on there, I have been informed, enlightened and surprised. At times that surprise isn’t a good thing. It was through google plus that I first learned about the SOPA, PIPA and ACTA bills. All of them have a ‘stop piracy’ lean to them, but they do so at the cost of censoring the internet and invading privacy of the individual. Today, I got a great surprise.

Thanks to the efforts of a handful of incredible people. (Moan Lisa, Shauna Myers, Giuseppe Russo, Gianmario Scotti) I have learned about an effort to support, feature and encourage an open market by supporting the independent authors, artists and musicians around the world. The goal of Black March is to show the major individuals that influence how and where we purchase our entertainment, that we won’t tolerate their pushing the little guy out of the picture. I think this is a fantastic movement and I know I’m personally committing to the supporting Black March.

The best way to show your support for this movement is to purchase your entertainment this month from Independent Artists in all areas of entertainment. Take a moment and read a new author, support a new musician, and share your experiences with the world.

 

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When to Shut the #$*% Up!

Swear words or profanities are used in almost all pieces of literature today. My question is about the usage of them. Sometimes you might read or write a piece of work where the main character’s bad language becomes somewhat prolific.  General advice has always been to stay clear of using such words but to avoid them might not be true to the characters. And here lies my dilemma.

‘Well *@%~ me, Bill! What can I say?’

This depends on who your readers are. I’ve used swear words/profanities, at some points in both of my novels, but I’d never dream of using them if I was writing a children’s book or a book of religion.

Times and trends change, but I still believe the mainstream market doesn’t like lots of swearing – it’s all depends on whether it’s appropriate to the tale. I think the market plays a huge part here in dictating what type of characters you create. This being so, the problem should solve itself. Some characters won’t ring true unless they swear and the market will then accept the swearing in this case.

But you still run the risk of offending someone as you cannot always be sure just who is going to read your piece! My mother was very proud and pleased when I handed her a paperback copy of The Assassins’ Village, but she did admit that the bad language employed by my heroine when she was under duress made it difficult for her to read.

There are ways round this. I wouldn’t substitute a harsh swear word for something  banal like “oh darn it”, I’d be more inclined to say , “she swore violently”. There again you could show the character’s anger by their action or thoughts –or by simple omission – describing a look or a body action.

It comes down to genre, potential readership and the setting and era of your storyline, using realism as the key and being aware that readers can be turned off by bad language, especially if it’s too gratuitous.

I believe I’m a moderate profanity user. I occasionally use the F word, different assorted B words but never the C word, which is the one word most readers find offensive. And hopefully I’m always within the context of my dialogue.  Remember less is often more.

Yes I curse when I drop something heavy on my foot, or I miss the last train home, but it is tedious to read a constant F word throughout a book.

So research your market! What do you think?

Good reading to you all and thank you for your interest.

Faith Mortimer

Faith will be a regular contributor to the Independent Writers Association.

You can also read other blog posts by Faith on her website http://www.faithmortimersauthor.com

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