Wednesday, 18 May 2016
A Chat With... Jan Ellis
What has been your greatest experience of being a writer so far?
It came as a huge surprise to me that I had all these stories lurking in the back of my head. But the best thing, without a doubt, is when people tell me the novellas have make them laugh.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go for it! Romcom is a booming industry and publishers need books. There's bound to be someone out there looking for a story just like yours. Or if you're really brave, self-publish.
What was the first book you ever bought yourself?
I was a big Brer Rabbit fan when I was about five, so I've feeling it was Brer Rabbit's a Rascal. I still have lots of my old Enid Blytons.
What was the last book you read?
I've almost finished Laura Barnett's The Versions of Us, which I've enjoyed despite being lost most of the time.
Finally, what are you working on at the moment?
I've been commissioned by Waverley Books in Glasgow to write a brand-new paperback (woohoo!) for summer 2017 that has the working title The Bookshop Detective. The publisher had read my ebooks and loved the character of Eleanor Mace, the bookseller in An Unexpected Affair and A Summer of Surprises. So Connie, Harold, Erika and the rest of the Combemouth gang are coming back!