When I first started writing my Roadtrip Romance books, I was only going to write the one. As I sat at a writer's retreat, chatting through the plot with a friend, she said, "You could turn it into a series."
What? No. I didn't write series. I wrote stand-alone books and was quite happy doing so.
But the idea was there. And it wouldn't leave me alone.
You see, the first book has three friends: Katie, Bree, and Skye. And while the story is mostly about Katie, I was growing to love Bree and Skye too, and wanted to know what happened to them.
Thus, a series was born.
In case you didn't know, Scrivenings Press is my publisher, and the company is more like a family in many ways. Needless to say, I'm always excited to meet/get to know another Scrivenings author. Ellen Withers is one I actually got to meet in person last fall when she came to Nashville for the Christy Awards. I'm also blessed to be her content editor for a novella coming out later this year. Needless to say, I'm more than excited to introduce her to YOU now. Because obviously you'll love someone I already love, right? Read on.
Ellen, congratulations on the release of your first novel! What is one of the biggest things you’ve learned through the process of getting this book published?
I’ve learned so many things, but the most important is being grateful to God for blessing me with a publisher, editors and the other authors of Scrivenings Press who have helped me get this book published. I’m also so grateful for the support of my friends and family who share my excitement at being a published author.
You’ve chosen to write a mystery. What is it that draws you to that genre?
I grew up reading Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew mysteries and found them fascinating. I’ve lived my life with a strong sense of right and wrong. Mysteries usually put all the pieces together and allow us to cheer when the bad guy gets caught. I love the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes and anything written by Agatha Christie. Even my insurance career involved solving mysteries, such as How did this fire start? How did this collision occur? Who was at fault?
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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