AUTHOR INTERVIEW 91 – William David Ellis

William David Ellis

Texas

Age 62

William David Ellis is a storyteller. Whether it’s weaving an old narrative into an entertaining and illuminating yarn or fashioning something brand new from wisps of legend, he can tell a story. He is the son of an English teacher, the husband of an English teacher, and the father of an English teacher, in spite of them, he occasionally punctuates. He lives in East Texas and has breakfast with some of the people who inspired his books twice a week.

His contributions to publication include:
* columns in small and large newspapers across Texas, the most infamous of which was entitled, „In the Ground or on the Grill”, a comparison between cremation and traditional funeral costs. (Talk about stir up a stink! irate old ladies chewed on me for a month)

* short stories, some of which have actually been written, Reflections a Sherlock Holmes story.
* novels, three of which are exhibited here and the rest of which are either shipwrecked on the shores of imagination or in the oven as we speak
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Award-winning Novel…

It started as a story…

…but a mysterious little girl changed everything.

Now, a dragon has come to East Texas and they need a hero.

An Old man rises to a glory he never thought he’d know again, and all because he was coerced into telling little kids a story.

A young boy, a princess, a talking sword and an evil dragon captivate snaggled-tooth munchkins…


Then the old man starts to feel it.

Something has risen from his past and its coming for him and the people he loves.

You’ll love this first book because of the twists, turns, and even the cliff hanger ending. It will start you on a path that leads to happiness with frequent stops for humor.

You won’t be able to put it down.

If you enjoy Christian Fantasy, this book is for you.

Get it now.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS? 

William David Ellis: The most difficult part for me has nothing to do with art and everything to do with diligence. Just sit down and write. Force yourself, like you would at a job and just do it. If you wait till you feel like it you will get very little done.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

William David Ellis: Absolutely yes indeed.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 

William David Ellis: Pay attention in English class, take writing classes in college, major in English.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

William David Ellis: If I wrote every day I could knock out a book, as in the first rough draft? every ninety days easy. But I don’t write every day. I have a job and a family and a life. So it takes longer. But if I kept a log of hours it would come in under that 90 day deadline easily.

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK? 

William David Ellis: Someone and I wish I could remember who, said, “writers block is our imagination telling us we took a wrong turn. When you hit it, go back to where the last inspiration flowed and see what happened. I live by that piece of advice now.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER? 

William David Ellis: When readers who do not know you from Adam’s house cat read your work, and go wow!

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR? 

William David Ellis: Ones paid more.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS? 

William David Ellis: I cry, get angry, make excuses, and then when a great review comes in, I stick out my tongue, and then finally when my inner child has quit throwing a tantrum, I look to see if there is any credibility in the criticism. If there is I make changes.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS? 

William David Ellis: Having to kill off a character.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START? 

William David Ellis: Third grade, my first novel was three single space pages, I sold one copy to my Dad.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK? 

William David Ellis: Keep an ongoing word count as you write, mark every scene as an accomplished goal, do not go nuts editing your work until you are finished writing it. If you strive for perfection you will not publish and can hide your fear of rejection behind the fact it was never good enough for you. which is a crock!  Pay a competent book editor, pay a good  cover artist or buy a book cover from an online stock dealer.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING? 

William David Ellis: Touching the heart of your reader. There is no other element.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY? 

William David Ellis: That is like asking which end of a seesaw do you like best? It is not an either or proposition, it is a both and deal.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS? 

William David Ellis: It isn’t particular hard, or thought out, I simply ask the question what happens next in the story and who does it? Asking the right question determines a lot of things. It seems to me by looking at your questions that you make this art way to difficult. If the writer is having fun and the readers are enjoying the experience what else is there. If your to cerebral your work shows it, it has to come from the soul or it doesn’t touch the soul, and readers get that.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER? 

William David Ellis: I wasn’t the first to do that. But after a few people started, I agreed with them and kept the title.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR? 

William David Ellis: I can barley type, I wasn’t born with a PC in my crib. We actually used big chief tablets and number 2 pencils when I went to school. So what is this social media thing of which you speak? I hired a publicist. They are great at it and love doing it. So I write they market and we both have a good time.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING? 

William David Ellis: Yes… that about covers it.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER? 

William David Ellis: Don’t, did you get that ? DON’T DO IT… unless you have an art degree,  and understand the genre expectations you write for. First impressions are once and done and you don’t get another shot.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? 

William David Ellis: I have written more than I have published, I think my last total was seven, and my favorite is the next book I am writing, and then the next and so on…

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING? 

William David Ellis: The end, I never want them to stop.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

William David Ellis: The part where it all comes together and everything unravels, and then doesn’t, and the scene is set for the next book.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY? 

William David Ellis: The hero of course. Because the world needs heroes, and of course heroines.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT? 

William David Ellis: I have had five sequels, and plan several more. I don’t know how to answer this question.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

William David Ellis: I am a bee keeper, and the other day I wore a half suit, and didn’t realize my pants had a hole in them. The bees found the hole.. needless to say.. the people watching me strip and run and cuss, and fall on my behind, and squall, and tear my bee suit off were amused.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world. 

William David Ellis: I hate the mind set that is self deceptive. That will not ask itself hard questions and demand truthful answers. I love the truth. And I don’t care what form it takes. I challenge my understanding of truth all the time, yet when I grasp hold of truth, not only do I grasp it tightly but it holds me as well.

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