Thursday, May 29, 2014

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: A.D. Ellis *Author Interview*

A.D Ellis 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 were not such book enthusiasts which earned her a few snickers when she was constantly reading. 

A.D. had always dreamed of being a teacher. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from Indiana State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis for 15 years. While she’s taught several different grades, fourth grade is her favorite. They are learning independence by 4th grade, but most haven’t learned the attitude yet. 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 may not be in agreement with that excitement. 

A.D. met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. A.D. 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 running. 

A.D. had always pondered the idea of writing a book, but until recently it was a far off dream. In today’s age of independently published authors, A.D. decided to take a chance and try her hand at writing. She has learned so much during this journey and is having a world of fun with it.


Welcome, we are so excited to have you here at Just One More Romance. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us for an interview. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Hi there! Thanks so much for having me! I’m A.D. Ellis. I’m a 37 year-old mother of two, ages 9 and 6. I’m also a teacher in the inner city here in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I live  in a suburb on the south side of Indianapolis. I am fairly new to the  author world, however, I’ve been a huge fan of reading romance novels since I was in my late teen years. I was a fan of reading just about any book I could get my hands on from the age of 9. I enjoy teaching my children and students to love reading just as much as I do.

Tell us about your work.  What are you writing now? 
My debut novel, FOR NICKY, is a contemporary new adult romance. It released on April 30, 2014. I am thrilled that people are taking time to read FOR NICKY and are writing  such lovely reviews. Currently, I am working on my second book which involves the sister, Audrey, from FOR NICKY. FOR NICKY is not a cliffhanger, but readers of my second book, titled BECAUSE of BECKETT will want to read FOR NICKY first so that they can truly understand Audrey before they read her story in BECAUSE of BECKETT. I hope to have BECAUSE of BECKETT released by the end of summer.

Where do you draw your inspiration for your writing? 
Where DON’T I draw my inspiration? :) I am inspired by all of the fabulous authors I’ve gotten to know recently. I come up with ideas for stories mostly at random times. Ideas will pop into my head and I’ll write it down. Sometimes those ideas take root and grow, sometimes they just sit there dormant for a while. Right now, I probably have about 5 ideas for other books. Now, if I could just find the time to write the stories!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
Being a writer is a very recent dream. Perhaps I’ve wanted to be a writer since a very early age, but I settled on just being a reader. When I received my Kindle for Christmas in 2012, I started realizing just how many books are written and published independently and I decided I’d give it a shot. Now that I have the taste of writing and being a published author, I’d say the dream of becoming a writer has taken hold.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
I used to read all of my mom’s Harlequin’s and she would let me borrow her western romances.  Upon getting a Kindle and coming back into reading after taking a break to be a busy new mommy, I read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and I was hooked. Before that, I had been  lured back into reading by the Twilight series, The Hunger Games, and Fifty-Shades of Grey.

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.? 
I love to have music on. I play pretty much anything and everything. I turn on Spotify and just let it go. I also have a bad habit of grabbing some of chocolate covered peanuts or my daughter’s Skittles and eating them while I write. Most evenings, after I’ve put my kids to bed, you’ll find me at the computer, earbuds in, steaming hot tea at hand, typing away furiously before I get too tired to see straight.

Tell us 3 surprising things about yourself.
Well, I’m not sure these are going to cause a lot of surprise, but here are a couple things about me.
1.  I’m terrified of deep, open water. Like the ocean or the lake or a pond where I can’t touch. I am just scared to death of what I can’t see in the water around me.
2. I’m scared of the dark. I have been since I was little. It’s slightly better now since I have kids of my own and I’m trying to teach them to not be afraid of the dark. I can at least walk into a dark room now, but I have to turn the light on right away. I also can’t stand  uncovered windows at night. I need the blinds pulled!
3.  I can’t stand scary movies. Well, after 1 and 2, I’m sure this little tidbit doesn’t surprise you at all :) I don’t enjoy being scared at all. So, scary movies come on and I turn them right  off. My husband and brother-in-law made me go watch The Ring and I sat with my hands over  my eyes pretty much the entire movie. Same thing happened when they made me go watch White Noise. Needless to say, they learned to stop taking me to scary movies!

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
I honestly don’t watch tons of TV or movies now that I’m writing. If I have a moment, I want to write or read. However, I did watch Divergent and really enjoyed that. I love comedies and romantic comedies. But, I also can usually be persuaded to watch a sports related movie along with some dramas. Just nothing scary! Some of my favorite movies are A Walk to Remember and Remember the Titans.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Well, as the parents of two children, I’d call any date the perfect date :) We are lucky to have our family watch the kids about once a month, sometimes less sometimes more. My husband and I will usually pick a place to eat that the kids don’t like and then go watch a movie if something is playing that we want to see. I love to just go roam around the mall and look at things without being rushed.  Honestly, getting to sleep in is the perfect date to me :) My children are early risers so when they are gone I love to sleep in a little.

If you could take a romantic trip anywhere, where would it be?
Well, as stated above, I’m probably going to  avoid the deep water areas. Although I would really like to go on a cruise, as long as I can stay on the ship!  So, let’s say a flight to Florida to load the ship and a week cruising the Caribbean.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not really. I believe in LUST at first sight, but I think loving takes a little longer.  I also think that you can fall in love with someone without even seeing them and then learn to love their physical attributes in time. I definitely think that many people fall “in love” with the way a person looks, but then find out that they don’t really like the person on the inside.
Top three things on your bucket list:
Well, less than a year ago, I would have said, “Write and publish a book”. But, since I’ve done that, here are a couple more.
1.  Become a full time author/writer.
2.  Take a trip around the United States and visit as many lighthouses  as possible.
3.  See my books for sale in a bookstore.

Fun Quickies
Boxers or Briefs?  Boxer briefs :)
Alpha or Beta?  While I love many of those alpha males, I think there’s a place for the betas too.
Tattoos or Piercings? Both :) No, I’d probably like tattoos more than piercings, but I’m not opposed to either. I have two tattoos and very much want a couple more.
Brains or Muscles?  Can I order brains with some muscle? Actually, I’d like an order of awesome person plus some brains with a side order of muscles.
Planner or Wing it?  Mostly a planner. But I’ve been known to plan on winging it. But, there’s almost always a plan, even if I’m winging it :)
Favorite feel good drink?    Like Libby in FOR NICKY, I’m a tea drinker. I love a hot or cold chai tea latte. But, if we’re talking real feel good, I enjoy vodka tonics with lots of lime. I also like amaretto sours.
Favorite naughty dessert? I love chocolate. Sugar cream pie is delicious. I love my mom’s cherry pie and butterscotch pie (real, not the box pudding kind). I am also a fan of chocolate covered peanuts.
Tea or Coffee?  Tea all the way. I love the smell of coffee but I don’t like it at all.
Laptop or Desktop?  Laptop
Beach or Mountains?  Can I have a mountain overlooking the beach? :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us interview you A.D. Ellis. I can't wait to read For Nicky and meet Nate Morgan. We hope to have you back again on Just One More Romance.

Elizabeth Decker views herself as shy, totally average, and pretty much insignificant. She’s nothing special, at least not compared to her little sister, Audrey. Elizabeth is content with her plain and lonely future; she’s too insecure to contemplate a relationship thanks to her sister. Audrey is a bombshell and uses this to get what she wants. She’s a girl who will stop at nothing to control anyone and everything around her. She craves power and doesn’t care if she has to hurt Elizabeth to get it.

Nathaniel Morgan has spent his whole life fighting for his twin brother, Nicholas. Somewhere along the way, he lost himself. Now he’s just getting by. He’s devoted to his family, but emotionally detached from the women he burns through like wildfire. He has no plans of getting into something as complicated and committed as a “relationship”.

Nicholas Morgan has placed the new librarian, Miss Elizabeth, on a pedestal and is begging her to meet his twin brother, Nathaniel. Elizabeth and Nathaniel agree to meet, for Nicky. Both are caught off-guard when unexpected sparks fly between them. This was not in their plans. Will Nathaniel and Elizabeth be able to escape a past that still plagues them? Or, will the past, suspicions, and insecurities come between them one too many times?

**This is a contemporary new adult romance. It should only be read by ages 18+ due to adult themes and situations. This is a stand alone book.

FOR NICKY by A.D. Ellis
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