1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Hey y’all. My name is Ellie Keys (pen name, not my real name). Most people in the book world call me E. I have been publishing under this name since January, but a published author for a year and a half. I love reading. I don’t do as much since I began the self-publishing journey. I write about anything that “tickles my fancy”. My works usually have an undercurrent of romance in each. I try to put my whit and sarcastic attributes into every book.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I read when I can. I love watching movies. It’s a favorite pastime. I occasionally draw or color (yes, I still do. It’s calming). I also like taking pictures.
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
I was hoping this question wouldn’t be here. Lol! Just joking. My ideas come from dreams, situations in life, watching commercials or scenes from television shows. It ranges from simple things like taking a shower to big things like going to a book signing which was the inspiration for An Author’s Tale.
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
Oh my goodness, that’s a whopper of a question. Um, let me see here…my favorite would have to be my sister series, particularly Zoie’s story. It is written under my soon to be former pen name: E. L. R. Jones. Zoie’s story is the one that is closest to my heart and my own life. I won’t tell you how closely related the two are, but it is pretty close. I cried the most while writing her story and again when I reread it.
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I have a few stories that are based on real life happenings and situations. For the most part, the stories are from my imagination.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I write under a header of romance novelist/author. I have books that fall under fantasy/paranormal, contemporary, mythological and soon to come: mystery. I think I’ve hit all of the categories that I would write under. (This question made me snicker.)
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
My favorite authors write now are Gena Showalter, J.R. Ward, Harper Sloan, Shakuita Johnson, Sydney Landon, C. L. Pardington and Ruth Cardello.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My all time favorite would have to be Philippe and Roselynn because I love period pieces. This was also the first novel that I completed. My most recent favorite would have to be Stephanie and Daniel. I have never laughed so much while writing before. I have an upcoming release that has me in tears as I complete some of the scenes, but their story is the one that is published. I giggle thinking of some of the scenes that are in that book.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Oh my goodness. For me, it’s writing the blurb/synopsis for my stories. I’ve done all of the “hard work” by getting all of the scenes together and fleshing out the characters. I get to that place where I have to “sum up” my book and I completely freeze. It’s insane, I know. The next thing on the list would be finding the right stock photo to fit my characters. That can be a bit of a chore.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
I would tell them what I’ve told every person that asks me about being an author and the process. I would say research as much as possible. Know what it is that you want to do with your craft. What I mean by this is: research others in the genre that you are thinking of writing in, see what it is they are writing about. If you don’t know the genre you want to write in, then look at the many different genres that are out there. There are insane amounts of free ebooks to look at. Networking would be next. I always say, research first.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My most recent release was Scarlett’s Letter. This is the first book in the Touched by a god series. Here is the blurb:
Scarlett Rose has had the same recurring, horrific nightmare for the last seven years. In these dreams she is literally pulled into Hell itself and bedded by a god, Hades. She remains one night in her time, but months in his. On the night of her 30th birthday she returns to her bed, but soon discovers that she is pregnant. She is floored when she finds out that all of those steamy but hated dreams were, in fact, reality. Fate has decided to send her on a journey and she has to beat the ticking of a clock that only she can hear.
Hades' reasoning for calling his bearer to him is not only to have her bare his spawn, but he secretly desires a companion, his Rouge. He holds the secret of his cravings for this one woman close and must not let his true feelings show or all hell will erupt into chaos.
Once he knows that she is carrying his child, he will stop at nothing to have her and her heart at his side for all eternity.
The clock is ticking and they both have crucial decisions to make.
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Some gods have it all.
Hermes is one of those gods that is part of the group that has it all. Or at least he believes he does. His existence changed when his uncle, Hades, stepped in and gave him something to do with himself. He figured running the clothing business, Touched by Us Inc., was more than enough to occupy his time and keep him from losing his mind with boredom.
All of that changes when he meets one of his new aunt’s friends. Ty’Quishia Johnson is a mortal that is unlike any other that he has ever met before. She is unwilling to fit in the mold that he has thought every other woman he’s encountered should be. This take charge, bossy, speaks her mind woman has him wondering if maybe he was wrong about everything. As they start down a path filled with intriguing liaisons and carnal releases, he finds himself in a place he never thought he would want to be.
Will the threat of a prophecy fulfilled be the undoing of the best thing that has happened to him in all his centuries as a god?
Or will he finally willingly accept his fate?