About A.D. Ellis:
A.D. Ellis is the author of A Torey Hope Novel Series and a new series titled Torey Hope: The Later Years. Her 2014 debut novel, For Nicky, was voted #3 of the Top 50 Indie Books of 2014 by ReadFree.ly readers/voters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Indiana Romance Writers of America.
A.D. was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends and family were not such book enthusiasts, so A.D. got used to dealing with snickers and joking comments about her constant reading habits.
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 16 years; most of her years of experience have been in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don’t always share in that enthusiasm.
A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two school-aged children. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and sweating at the gym.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013; she is grateful for the friends and support she’s found along the way.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by the real life things I see each and every day. There’s a story in everything. I’m also inspired by love. I like to take real life and give it a happy ending after exploring the emotions of the story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I plan, plan, plan, and then I let the characters take over. It’s funny how different a finished story turns out compared to my original plans.
I use LOTS of note cards and Word files.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me constantly….not so much as in a conversation, but thoughts of them and what is going on with them and how to tell their story just right bombard me all the time.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing, but stop when you need to take a break. Sometimes stepping away is the best way to get a story to come back to you.
Toughen up. Then toughen up again because bad reviews and nasty comments are going to hurt. A lot.
Unless you happen to be one of the lucky ones, this won’t make you rich over night. Or over 6 months. Or over a year. I’ve been doing it a year. Maybe 2 years is the point of getting rich? I don’t know, I’m just going to keep writing and loving my readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish because I’m not patient and I didn’t want to wait for someone else to publish my book. I’m also a bit of a control freak so I like being 100% in control of my publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know, I see a lot of great things coming, but I also see some things that could get bad. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, None of the above 🙂
What genres do you write?: Contemporary romance (one has a bit of supernatural and one is male/male)
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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