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Author spotlight: MV Ellis

28 January 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with MV Ellis, author of four romances in the genre of contemporary romance. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

In high school. However, I remember turning in a romance story I’d written for English, and was so very proud of, and having my teacher turn her nose up and give it a very lukewarm reception. I didn’t come back to the idea until I was in my 30s. A couple of false starts later, and I was thirty-nine before I completed my first novel, Catching London.

Why romance and not a different genre?

Though I do intend to dabble in other genres, my first novel more or less wrote itself. The words seemed to just fly off my fingertips. I guess in that sense, it was as though I had no choice in the matter. I love romance.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I fell into the genre when I found my aunt’s book stash one summer. There were titles by Danielle Steel, Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins and Virginia Andrews. Flowers in the Attic probably wasn’t ideal reading fodder for an eleven-year-old! I’d always been a voracious reader, but with romance I loved the extra level of escapism the stories provided me—transporting me to worlds so different from my own.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

A writer needs to write. It sounds trite, but it’s true. Without a book, you have nothing to offer the world. A (very) thick skin doesn’t go amiss, either.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

This is like asking me to pick a favourite child, but it’s a toss-up between character creation and plotting. To me, they’re two sides of the same coin. I almost consider developing characters and plot to be a mystery I already know the solution to—my task is to retrospectively work out the clues/steps that lead to that outcome.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/ writer’s fear?

When motivation wanes, I force myself to write, no matter how paltry an amount. Failing that, I watch TV. I’m a very visual person, and I find that consuming visual forms of storytelling helps keep my creative juices flowing.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

My mother has been my biggest inspiration. She instilled in me the confidence that I can do anything I turn my mind to, and thanks to her, I still believe that’s true.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

Finding Marnie releases on 12 February. The fourth book in my Heartless Few series, it’s a standalone novel, so great to read even if you haven’t read the other books. The story centres around Luke Jones, whom we’ve already come to know and love, as he is the identical twin brother of Arlo, the bad boy alpha star of the previous books. Despite their physical similarities the pair are polar opposites in personality, and this book follows Luke and his childhood crush Marnie, as they struggle to overcome the obstacles, resentments and tragedies of their pasts and attempt to build a future together.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I also have the first book in a new series launching in the second half of 2019. I can’t give too much away at this point, suffice to say that I have a soft spot for tattooed alphas.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you’ve read recently

Haley Jenner’s Leaves of a Maple series.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

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