Welcome to Author Ella James
Ella James is an Alabama author who writes YA and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty one-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.
Ella’s published books include the bestselling YA romance Stained Series (Stained, Stolen, Chosen, and Exalted); the YA paranormal Here Trilogy (Here, Trapped – 12/12, and Away -2/13); and Before You Go, a YA contemporary romance.
To find out more about her projects and get exact dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
It would be nice to create extra versions of myself. If five or six of them could all write for a week or two, we could take the rest of the year off.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your upcoming release, Trapped, the second book in your YA romance Here Trilogy.
Lots of romance, lots of suspense, good characters, good writing.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I suck at everything else. No, it’s really kinda true. I’ve been a subpar secretary, clothing store manager, English tutor, newspaper manger, grocery store clerk, freelance writer, telemarketer, and college admissions officer. o.O
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Being able to write full time has been amazing. I’ve been very blessed to be able to support myself and my family this way. I can’t imagine anything more rewarding.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Harry Potter, all the way. I will always be waiting for my letter from Hogwarts.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The theme song for my latest book, Trapped, is Never Let Me Go by Florence + The Machine. I listened to it a lot as I was working out how Milo and Nick feel about each other.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Dursey Island, off the southern tip of Ireland. It’s the most magical place I’ve ever been. My ultimate dream is to own this island one day. I know it will probably never be for sale, but if I make as much money as I want to make, I’ll try to bribe the natives. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dursey_Island
I can find anything via Google.
How do you react to a bad review?
With grumpiness and the occasional growl.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Hand insurance and stock in Amazon. Lol.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
Lying around, staring at the walls and thinking about my characters. That, or reading.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m not someone people seem to take very seriously in ‘real life’. I think it’s because I’m Southern, short, and a little overly friendly, like the family Labrador. People who know me from the grocery store would be surprised to know how intense I am about my business, and people who know me as Ella James would never think I was me if they met me in person.
If you could take over the world, would you?
Which of your characters is a portrayal of you?
So far, Milo comes the closest. I had an eating disorder when I was 18, so Milo and I share that in common. Hair color and personality, too.
Happiest moment in your life so far.
My wedding day. I can’t believe how cliche that is, but really. It was the happiest day of my life. Totally perfect.
What words or expression do you overuse?
OMG and dude. I promise, I am not a college stoner.
If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
I’m a lurker.
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
Heck, no. Read Here and you’ll see why!
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
I’d be a doctor. Writing only won out over that by a small margin.
What drives you insane about the writing process?
How long it takes.
About how long does it take you to write a book?
Sixty or so hours, give or take.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Milo Mitchell’s life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life…until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.
Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick’s face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick beings to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo–who is sure she’s never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn’t know and is doing things he shouldn’t do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run–toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.
(CONTAINS SPOILERS – DO NOT READ BEFORE READING HERE):
When Milo Mitchell falls for the beautiful, tuxedo-clad guy she found wandering her family’s rural Colorado property, she never dreamed he was a scout from another galaxy, or that their relationship would leave him with an impossible choice: eradicating humankind, or initiating the end of his own people.
Nick’s job is finding the elements his people need to power their elaborate interweb of minds. Being a scout means he is capable of traveling to other planets on his own. It also means that, unlike The Rest, he has access to primitive feelings and individual desires. For eons, he was part of the whole, but when he encountered Milo, his obsession with her changed everything.
Nick’s partner, Vera, is capable of independent thought, but not compelled by it. She is satisfied with her existence as one of The Rest, and she won’t agree that humans are worth sparing; not when their planet has a precious cache of the gold her people need so badly.
While Vera tries to force Nick into endorsing an Earth invasion, working behind the scenes to tie his hands, and the Department of Defense lays a trap for them with Milo’s mom as bait, Nick and Milo are waging their own war – against a primal desire that can only lead to one thing: heartbreak.
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