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Do you believe in love at first sight? NOT JULIET is Live!

And it’s live! You’ll have figured by now that I haven’t just abandoned this blog for no reason. I’m not making excuses for abandoning the blog, but there was a reason!

My experimental project, a first in so many ways for me, NOT JULIET is live and for a limited period on a promotional price of only 99c.

Here are the blurb, cover and links.

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Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

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Amazon UK, Amazon US, Smashwords (you’ll need this code for the promo price: XD79Y)

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And some of the tags, to give you an idea of what’s within the pages: action, romance, romantic suspense, happily ever after, erotic, princess, Italy, England, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, sunshine, Romany, young first love, sweet, love at first sight, Jacuzzi, pool, lost love, heartbreak, helicopter crash, gangmaster, betrayal, escape, strong heroine, attractive hero, shooting, arson, weapons, second chance, reunion, battle, gypsy, king, conflict, tension.

Tempted yet?

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The good news is that writing it was so enjoyable, I’ve decided to create a collection, and if you look at the Addicted To Love Romance Collection page, you can have a sneak peek at the next three titles (which I will somehow have to wrestle out this year. Having met one deadline, I am hopeful).

If you’d like a complimentary copy in exchange for a review, I’m sure that could be arranged. Let me know in a comment below.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in News

 

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2014 Plans

In case you’re confused, the number in the title signifies the year, not the number of my projects. Just thought I’d make that one clear. Phew. Now, let’s get on with the show!

You know I’ve edited a lot last year, and as a consequence I only managed two new books, Eternal Immortality (co-written with Kristie Haigwood) and Blood is Power, the second in the Hunter trilogy. Even so, my collection doesn’t look too bad:

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Despite the fact that my ‘booked’ editing projects now stretch to the end of May, I didn’t think my book banner was anywhere near cluttered enough. I have so many stories that need to get out, and not a lot of spare time in which to write them, so for this year I’ve changed the way I work. I’m going to try something new: novellas. And I’m going to try it repeatedly. I am also going to write a non-fic book. Yes, you read it right. Non-fiction. Taboo and scorned by some, but trust me, this one I have thought through properly, and I am writing it not because I need to write it (the way I can’t wait to let out some of my inner fictional worlds), but because so many other people need to READ it. It’s a book for others, not a book for me.

Because I’m not just a writer. The question flooding my mind in many guises is this:

how I feel as a writer

So what does my future writing schedule look like for 2014?

A bit like this:

Not Juliet single14 February: NOT JULIET – A Modern-Day Romance (novella)

9 May: THE PROBLEM WITH WRITING – non-fiction, and still in the planning stages

Summer: ETERNAL ILLUSION (working title) – the third book in the Eternal Series (paranormal romance) – with Kristie Haigwood

September: BLOOD IS FINAL (working title) – the final book in the Hunter Thriller Series (and look forward to a big surprise)to catch single

December, Pre-Christmas: TO CATCH A GUY – A Christmas Romance (novella)

December, Pre-Christmas: ABOUT THREE AUTHORS – Contemporary Romance – with Patti Roberts

December, Post-Christmas: Compendium of Written Works (working title), showcasing my writing, permanently FREE. Is there an ulterior motive behind this last book in the year? You’d better believe it. I’m angling for a new-age agent or publisher, someone who can help raise awareness of my work – more like an agent in the entertainment industry, this person is expected to find the best way to employ my writing and editing abilities. Spongers need not apply. Open warning: I can see through BS-coated disguises with my eyes shut, guys! Do not test me!

Before you ask, (Laura), I haven’t forgotten Tequila. What I plan to do is re-release the whole of the Hunter Series early 2015, and at the same time release DEAL WITH IT! – Tequila’s Story. I plan to cycle offers on the four books in this series – one per month – through the year.

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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in News, Sunday Feature

 

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Not Juliet, A Modern-Day Romance

Hello and welcome. Just showing you my current project. Feel free to cheer me on. Hint: if you do, I might share some excerpts with you.

Tell me what you think about the cover:

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And the blurb:

Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

And finally, here’s my progress.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Just A Thought

 

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Two birds with one stone… or a double dose of Ella Medler

Hello, my friends.

You know Don Martin? Of course you know Don Martin. He is a writer, editor and reviewer for Midwest Book Reviews. Well, he’s written a review for Blood is Heavier (the first book in my Hunter trilogy) and he’s also interviewed me. One I looked forward to, the other I feared. I’ll let you work out which is which.

Anyway, if you’re interested –

here’s the review

and here’s the interview.

(running off to hide now)

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Author Interviews, Book Reviews

 

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Author Interview – Ella Medler (host Michael Phoenix)

Image Blood Is Heavier – released May, 5, 2012

I thought you may have had too much of me by now, but apparently there were a few more questions that needed answers. Michael Phoenix is asking most of them.

Ella Medler was kind enough to take time out of her schedule to give this interview.

Ella is the author of Martin Little, Resurrected and Blood is Heavier. Both books received a 10 on my reviews. I want to ask a few questions about your books first. To give potential readers an idea about what makes them unique.

Michael: At points, especially in Martin Little, It appears parts of the story come from life or personal experience. Has any part of your life experience or personality become part of either book?

Ella: Michael, there is a small piece of an author in every one of their books. I would be a fool to deny it. I was blessed with a full and varied life, which means I could indulge my habit of people-watching almost daily. As a consequence, I’m never short of strong characters. All I need to create is a good plot and then let my characters loose.

Martin Little himself is a character that brings together the best and worst of a few people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I think the whole book was born from my wish to understand them and give them a helping hand in conquering their fears and becoming better individuals. The book is written in the first person, from a male point of view, which I suppose is quite unusual for a female author.

Blood Is Heavier is at complete opposite ends of my writing spectrum – a thriller with a strong male lead, a man who’d been tested by life and found a way out of his nightmare, only to be haunted by his old demons again. He is a damaged person, and I have written his story in a way that allows each reader to use their own set of values, tolerance and understanding when judging his actions. But being an ex-contract killer, Nick does not see himself as a victim. I have a lot in store for him in his next book, so be prepared to re-evaluate your ethics.

Michael: The book covers are a perfect match for the books. Did you design them or have a major role in their design?

Ella: Both covers were designed based on my ideas. I believe that only the author knows exactly what goes on in their book and therefore they should have a say in how much the cover should reveal, and in what way. I was lucky, in both cases, to achieve a stunning end product. That is where a good artist shows their hand. I may have ideas, but I am no good at putting them in practice, cover-wise. An experienced artist will take one word or one scene or one picture and turn it into pure gold.

The cover for Martin Little, Resurrected was designed by Andrews UK, and the one for Blood Is Heavier by Patti Roberts from Paradox Book Trailer Productions.

Michael: In both books, you keep your reader off guard with the story and they have several surprises. Was this intentional?

Ella: Ha, ha. Of course. What’s the point in simply following a map? A treasure hunt is much more fun.

Michael: Did, at any point, you feel like the writing was forced or did the books just evolve on their own?

Ella: Like every new writer, I spent ages agonizing over the best way to start. I read everything I could find on writing, the pitfalls and best practice, advice from authors, requirements from agents and publishers, suggestions by people whom I admired, I read and read until my head felt like it was about to burst. Eventually, I decided to try every method in turn.

With Martin Little, I started off with a few clear characters and pretty much let them do what they wanted. I had a vague outline and just gave them a nudge in the right direction when I thought they might lose their way. It was an incredibly free, liberating book to write. Even finished, it carried on feeling that way. One reader called it ‘pure escapism’ – I loved that.

By the time I wrote Blood Is Heavier, I had a much more complex plot in mind, but again, my characters demanded that more be told about them here and there, so I allowed them to grow. Rather than end up with an epic-size novel, I made the decision to relax and split the original book in as many parts as necessary to tell the story in full. To keep it all in one book would have been forced. This way, each of the books in the series is a complete, full novel which can be read standalone or as part of the whole.

Michael: How long did it take you to write and publish each book?

Ella: I write pretty fast, though I do have good days and bad days, like most people. I can write six thousand words one day and only two hundred the next. I took about six weeks to write each book. With Martin Little, I took three weeks to write the first three chapters, and another three to write the rest of the book. That was in the times when I thought traditional publishing was the only way. Those first three chapters saw about forty edits. Blood Is Heavier evolved in pretty much the same fashion. I kept changing and improving things until the day before publishing.

Michael: Any favorites from either book?

Ella: I very much enjoyed writing the ‘fall-out’ scene in Martin Little, the point at which he finally understands he needs to change. I also loved playing with the acronyms and showing up the idiocy of extremes in otherwise useful concepts such as Health and Safety. The tearing down of myths and legends was a riot, from Adam, the angel with ‘connections’ to the uniforms of the heroes.

In Blood Is Heavier I took a lot of pleasure in writing the heavy action scenes. And I am quite partial to the Turks and Caicos and also the light banter involving Tequila – both with Nick and Maxi.

Michael: Why did you decide to go the independent (indie) route?

Ella: Ah, well. I suppose because I am a very impatient person. I’m working on that, but I cannot say I’ve made considerable progress yet.

I did start the traditional way, as you know. Of all the agents I sent queries to, just one saw the potential in Martin Little, only it wasn’t something they felt they could promote. Knowing the state of the UK book market, that is fully understandable – I am not what you would call a ‘household name’. I know there must be new authors out there, being signed, of course there must be. But guess what the adverts on TV push? What we see and hear of every day? Not the new blood. I can interpret that message all by myself.

I never did try the US market. It is worth mentioning, though, that of the three publishers I approached once I gave up on agents, all there offered me contracts. One fell by the wayside as soon as it became obvious they expected me to pay for ‘additional’ services. Of the other two, one seemed fair and the other offered to look at Blood Is Heavier again if I didn’t publish it by the end of the year.

I just couldn’t wait, and besides, it doesn’t hurt to have the experience. I’d rather try something new than spend my life wondering ‘what if’?

Michael: What are or were the hardest challenges you face in writing? How about publishing, marketing and promoting?

Ella: Publishing, I don’t see as a problem. With the way publishing is changing, as an industry, there will always be options. In fact, there will probably be something new developed every year.

Marketing and promoting are hard work, but they are not insurmountable obstacles by any means.

My hardest challenge, by far, is to ‘let it go’. You know, a lot of people feel like they’ve accomplished a life’s ambition by writing a novel. I admit, that is a good feeling, but I wouldn’t call it a challenge. My challenge, the scariest thing in the world, to me, is ‘letting it go’. Those last few minutes, hours, even days before I push the dreaded ‘Publish’ button are absolute torture. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, my insides are churning. It’s like a bad case of stage-fright. That novel is me, in a way, and I don’t know how the people in the audience are going to react when they see ‘me’.

Michael: I have to ask this: Just because they are my favorite characters. Any chance for a quick word from Martin and Tequila?

Ella: I’ll give you a taste of things to come, from their perspectives.

Martin has to face a huge challenge in his next adventure: he has to die. There is no way around it. The problem is, he won’t be allowed to. Here’s what he says:

“I’m not going to just lie down and wait for death to find me, Archie. I won’t let them do that to us. To Vee.” Archie swallowed loudly when he heard his daughter’s name. “I won’t ask you to come with me, though I’ll be the first to admit: I’ll need all the help I can get, with my track record.”

“And you? What are you going to do?” he asked quietly, almost a whisper.

“I… I am going to die.”

Tequila has a hard job on her hands, looking after Nick’s family. At the same time, she is trying to help Detective Newton find who is trying to set up Nick, and also why. Here’s a conversation between the two:

“That’s abduction, and theft. Campbell’s wife and children were on that cruiser. Now the whole lot of them are missing, boat included. He’s still a suspect in the murder of Miriam Janice Whitbourne-Philips, and then there’s a large number of bodies scattered all over his parents’ estate, and damage caused by the fire – it looks like he might get lumbered with arson for that one. And now it seems they’re trying to hook the disappearance of a good-for-nothing, Nathan Hicks, on him, too, though I’ve seen the witness statement for that one and I don’t know how they can ever pin it on him.”

“Ah. I can testify that it wasn’t him, the Nathan Hicks one,” Tequila smiled at Newton, looking guilty. “From a distance, preferably via phone or video link.”

“I’m not gonna ask.”

“Wise man,” Tequila muttered.

Michael: Now, the obvious questions, for anyone checking out your books or blog for the first time. What would you like your readers / potential readers to know about the personal side?

Ella: I enjoy writing. I am a minimalist, or would be, if my husband and kids would ever allow it. I love to cook, too, though I rarely get the chance to do that nowadays. I smile a lot. I live every day as if it’s my last.

Michael: Why did you start writing?

Ella: If you’re referring to my publishing what I wrote – because it was time. I had put it off for long enough.

Michael: How long have you been writing?

Ella: Since I was about five – I started off with little comedy sketches, which my friends and I were going to perform to amuse our parents. So, we’ll call that thirty plus years.

Michael: What inspires you and your writing?

Ella: I find inspiration everywhere I look. I also have a very strong sense of justice, so if I see an unfairness, prejudice, inequality, discrimination, I will automatically try to make it right. No, it doesn’t always work. Life is not fair, I know that. It won’t stop me from trying, though.

Michael: Any favorite authors or writers?

Ella: I read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Agatha Christie in my youth. Later on, I discovered Edward Rutherfurd, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. My carefree alter ego loved Tom Holt.

Of the authors I have read in the last six months, I have been impressed by Kym Grosso, Patti Roberts, James A. West, Alan McDermott, K. S. Haighwood and quite a few others. I found I stretched into genres I would not have considered previously, and I am enjoying them all.

Michael: Why did you decide to price your books at free?

Ella: I have no control over the pricing structure of Martin Little, Resurrected – the publisher sets that one. Blood is Heavier is free to download for a limited time from Smashwords (I guess I’m just ecstatic to be in control). Its price is set at $3.99. It is free for now for promotional purposes. I do intend to publish a series of Authors’ Resources books, and they will be free – I do not want to put any obstacles in the way of would-be authors. Everyone should have the chance to do their best, unhindered by financial worries.

Michael: Any chance we could get information on upcoming writing projects?

Ella: I have started writing sequels for both Martin Little and Blood Is Heavier. I intend to publish the first volume of the Authors’ Resources in September and the Blood Is Heavier sequel in December. I’ll try to fit Martin Little in there, somewhere, though I don’t know exactly where yet.

I have recently entered a partnership to co-author a series of book – possibly as many as five or six of them.

Of other projects, I am considering a conspiracy theory thriller set in the 70s, during the ‘cold war’. Most of the action would probably take place in Russia. I am thinking of a murder, where a wrongly-accused man is using his wits to prove his innocence from within his prison cell (see – that injustice theme again). I am also playing with an apocalyptic idea, for which I will have to do a lot of research. It’s so simple, I wonder why nobody’s thought about it yet. There’s a trilogy – commercial fiction – but based on real life events, in which I wish to treat the idea of voluntary immigration from the point of view of the immigrant. As you can see, I’m not short of ideas.

Michael: Any advice for new authors or writers?

Ella: Yes. Write from the heart. Easy to say, hard to do, but worth it.

Michael: Thank you for your time in doing this review. I know several people are looking forward to your next book, myself included.

Review of Martin Little, Resurrected

Review of Blood Is Heavier

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Author Interviews

 

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Martin Little – You Know The Guy!

I tried. I tried really hard but I can’t keep him hidden anymore.

Because he’s sweet and vulnerable and shy and… well… male.

I had to get into his head. I never could resist temptation. So meet Martin Little, through the medium of Michael Phoenix’s review. Michael’s words:

A unique book

Ok, this one is kind of difficult for me. Not because it is beyond my skills of reading / reviewing, but there is not one thing I don’t like about it. Martin Little completely caught me off guard. I did not want to stop until the end.

From the beginning:

The cover is, somewhat, deceptive. I originally thought the genre would be for children or teens. First thing I was wrong about. It is geared towards teens and adults. The navigation is well planned and formatted. I have an epub version using Adobe Reader.

Ebook setup and fomatting: The first few pages include Table of Contents with links to every section. Title page, Publisher Information, brief author bio and dedication round out this section. The only thing I wish was included: a link back to the Table Of Contents. Not a major point considering the side navigation bar. Overall, the setup and formatting is excellent.

Chapter 1 jumps right into the action and story. Starting with Martin drinking a cup of hot chocolate. You did hear me right. You start to get a decent feel for Martin and his character in this chapter. We are also introduced to the other, main characters along with a few hints about them. The story does start off innocently with Martin having a mundane life. After finishing chapter 1, I was completely absorbed and wanted more. Chapter 2 is where the fun begins.

I will not do a chapter by by chapter breakdown here. I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I will not give about the ending except one: Several things in this book are misleading, but some are not. The story mimics life to a point.

The backstory of the main characters: Martin, Vee, Archie and Gary is revealed throughout the chapters. The relationships between them is also developed and revealed in the same way. If you think you can just scan or skip a chapter or two, don’t.

Chapter titles are misleading and deceptive, at times. This is a major point when I read. It keeps the reader off guard and interested. Some examples: chapter 1 – The Horrifying price of chocolate, cubicle six and chow. Ella only titles and not chapter numbers. This could be a plus or minus, depending on your preference. Personally, I don’t care either way.

The main characters were well developed throughout the story. The way Martin evolved and learned is very impressive. His self-discovery and progression were not predictible. The supporting characters are well written and developed, especially in the main scenes / settings. Character interaction is a good combination of unpredictibilty at times.

Ella creates a very interesting and unique concept of Heaven in this book. I love this part the most. The only thing I will reveal here: Combine various elements and you have a new creation. Seriously, even this element, almost everyone can relate to. Her concept of heaven is one main aspect that kept me reading and wanting more. I can not say enough about this aspect of the story and scenes.

Overall: this is one of the best books I have ever read. Marting Little, Resurrected is beyond anything I expected. I did not want to stop reading. The characters are believable. The plot has a lot of, unexpected turns. Scenes and visualization is well written and for the mind to see. Character interaction / conflict / development: very easy to believe; especially in the situations they are placed in. The end is unexpected on a high note. If I could give this book higher than 5, I would. Great Job, Ella Medler! Much success with this one.

This is the first book I have reviewed by this author. It will not be the last.

http://www.amazon.com/Martin-Little-Resurrected-ebook/dp/B006E38ELO

Did you know you could download the first five chapters for free? Here’s the link http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140165

And this is the Table of Contents, to show you what Michael meant about my random Chapter Headings:

1. The Horrifying Price of Hot Chocolate

2. Bumpy Ride

3. Bright Lights Lead to Illogical Thoughts

4. Did We Take A Wrong Turning Somewhere?

5. Good Boys Go To Heaven – What A Lot Of Tosh!

6. Introducing The Nymphs… And Losing Gary

7. Cubicle Six

8. Hello? This Is Disaster Calling

9. Meeting Grumpy And Finding A Promising Fault With Heaven

10. Chow

11. There’s No Reasoning With Some People

12. Making A Deal With God

13. Braving The Dark And Mysterious: The IT Geeks

14. Up The Creek Without A Paddle

15. The Happiness Compulsion

16. What Does Hades Play When He’s Bored?

17. Judgement Day

18. Unexpected

EPILOGUE: The Haunted Shack

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Author Interview – Ella Medler (host Ahmad Taylor)

Author Interview with Ella Medler (Martin Little, Resurrected)

A hearty welcome to all readers.

Today we welcome the exciting new author of the light-Fantasy novel: Martin Little, Resurrected; Ella Medler.

Thank you for joining Ella.

So, I understand you hail from the land of vampires and Dracula? Tell us about your memories of growing up in Transylvania?

I grew up on the gentle slopes of the West Carpathian Mountains, in a small town at the foothills of a medieval castle. I used to climb the hill to the very top and play amongst the ruined walls – that is one of the best, most treasured memories of my childhood. There was a play area at the bottom of the hill – swings and slides and other play equipment – but I never wanted to spend time there. I remember one day I ran ahead of my granddad and took a longer route up, one that wound in and out of dark caves with water seeping down the mossy walls. I loved these mystery-filled caves; a child’s imagination doesn’t need much more than that to come up with fantastic adventures. Well, that day was a little more exciting than usual. That day a viper crossed the path not fifteen inches in front of me. It slid quickly into a bunch of dead leaves, more scared of me than I was of it, but it did make my heart pump faster as I backed down the path, my eyes locked onto the leaves the snake disappeared into for as long as I could keep them in sight, and then flew back down to my granddad’s side where I stayed for, oh, probably a good ten minutes. My childhood was a fun time, a free time and I absolutely loved it.

Where do you live now, and is this your last stop?

I live in Cornwall, England, surrounded by much more nature than should be logically possible in such a ‘busy’ country. I have to say, it took a while to find somewhere that felt so good, so right, somewhere where I could pretend to be the only person left on Earth, or at least one of the few, if I so wished. I can walk along craggy cliffs overlooking the Atlantic any day I choose or stand on the top of a hill from where I can see both the South and North coasts of Cornwall in about ten minutes. That’s got to be pretty close to heaven. There’s only one other place like this in the UK, and it keeps calling to me – the top West coast of Scotland, almost off the map.

When the kids fly the nest, I dream of downsizing to a small cottage on top of a cliff overlooking the sea, with very little scope for visitors. I’ll have a guest room, of course. Just not a very comfortable bed in it!

You are a mother, a wife, a novelist and playwright. Tell us your favorite parts of each.

Wow. That’s a question and a half! The best part of being a mother is seeing your children grow and blossom and find their own way. The best balm for a mother’s heart is to see that those small persons who needed the bike held steady as they learned to ride are not afraid to grab their own lives by the scruff of the neck and make their own decisions. The best part of being a wife, I think, is the knowledge that with your husband by your side you can weather any storm.

As a novelist, I get to live as many lives as stories in my head. I am blessed with a vivid imagination – when I write, I literally see what’s about to happen in my story next; it’s as if I’m watching a movie. I have to hurry to catch it all and commit it to paper. Well, word document, really.

Writing plays is what I do to relax. The clue is in the name; it’s called ‘play’ for a reason. For me, it’s just a game, a way for my mind to download conversations, jokes and situation comedy. I am lucky to work with a hugely talented bunch of amateur dramatic actors in my spare time. They make my job so much easier – I can just picture one of them on stage and I instantly know what they would say and how they would react. Watching people speak the words I write is tremendously satisfying.
What inspired you to begin writing?

If you mean way back, right at the beginning, it was watching comedy sketches on TV. I was just a kid, but I started work right away and wrote a sequence of comedy sketches to be played out by me and my friends to an audience of parents and other willing adults out in the playground. I used the playground as the backdrop, the trees and shrubs, everything was my stage. I remember being a little disappointed when the flowers that were all out one month disappeared by the next. That’s when I first started taking notice of the passage of time and the changing seasons. I’ve never stopped writing, though life did push it way down the priority list. It took a serious accident and three weeks stuck in hospital staring at the ceiling in the trauma ward to really make me think. I spent a lot of time writing to pass the time and also, I guess, to subconsciously take myself away from the hospital setting. Nothing major changed in the general set-up of my life – I learned to walk again and went back to work, but this time I started carrying my laptop around everywhere I went and just wrote and wrote every spare minute of the day. Writing clawed its way up that priority list higher and higher every week, every day, until it reached the top spot.

Tell us about your premiere novel: Martin Little, Resurrected.

Premiere is such a grand word – you’d probably floor poor Martin Little if you so much as whispered it in his ear! He’s not a very strong man.

Martin Little is a series of full-length novels, and Martin Little, Resurrected is the very first bead on the string. The best way to describe it is to use the words of one of my readers: pure escapism. It’s an adventure story written in first person from a male perspective, but not just that – it’s a journey of discovery in more ways than one. Imagine your life changed direction, 180 degrees, all at once, imagine your emotions assaulted by feelings never experienced before, and add to that a fantastical element that just about wipes off all that you knew and took for granted in your life – all knowledge, all logic, all expectations. I won’t say much more than this: the whole plot is one cliff-hanger after another, it is relentless, quirky, it’s original, and probably not everybody’s cup of tea. Oh, and I make fun of the British lifestyle and societal rules in the background, in particular bureaucracy, the modern CCTV obsession, health and safety rules and the legal system.

What has been the most exciting part of being a published author?

It all happened so fast, I barely had time to take it all in. I remember the day I was sent the cover – oh, that cover says it all! If I had to paint the whole book on one sheet of paper, that would be it. It just couldn’t be improved upon. Yeah, seeing that – the cover, the pdf, market-ready copy was just amazing.
What has been the worst part of being a published author?

Ha, ha. I don’t think you’ll be too surprised to hear this. Marketing and promotion. I had absolutely NO idea what that entailed, not the foggiest clue. I’m only just starting to comprehend the sheer scale of things I must get involved with in order to do this book justice.

What books have influenced your writing?

Way back in my childhood, I read a lot of cowboy stories – the whole ‘hero wins, evil guy loses’ idea appealed to my immature sense of justice. Going through school, we were given lists of books we should read, mostly classics, at the beginning of each school year. We had to read and summarize at least ten novels per school year, and there was no internet to help with research, so I did a lot of reading. My parents made sure my own bookcase was well-stocked. The more I read, the more I wanted to read some more. I loved Isaac Asimov. I used to have to read by the flashlight under the blankets because my mum would spy me through the keyhole and get angry if I didn’t get a good sleep. Unwittingly, she turned my attention to detective stories. I had to become sneaky and ingenious in order to make more time for reading. Even now, mystery seems to seep into each one of my stories. And love – pure, unconditional love, in any guise I may be able to weave it in.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

Loads, actually. There are quite a few on twitter, I noticed, so maybe I should start with them. But if I were to meet just one, I’d like to shake Roddy Doyle’s hand. ‘The Giggler Treatment’ brought a lot of laughter into my household just about the time the kids started reading. You should try it. It’s a kids’ book, but you will laugh out loud, guaranteed.
If you could talk to your former self, what advice would you give her?

“Don’t take quite so long getting to where you knew you were heading all along, Ella!”

I hear that you used to train and spar in martial arts. Tell us about your matches, your training and whether any of that training comes into play during your daily life now?

Talk about ferreting out all my secrets! That time of my life is a closed chapter. I embraced it, I lived it, I loved it. But all that’s left of it now is the discipline, self-confidence, knowledge and a good grasp of a culture that I wouldn’t have been able to gain by just reading about it in books. And yes, in my upcoming thriller, Blood is Heavier, and possibly in future novels too, I will be drawing on that experience.

You speak over 7 languages, what is your favorite language to speak or hear? What language do you dream in?

I’m essentially a lazy person, so English suits me just fine. I dream in English. I can’t give you precise figures, but I guess I’ve spoken more English in my life than any other language. That said, I have traveled a lot and in most cases I didn’t have the luxury of an interpreter (in fact I can recall a few occasions when I was glad I didn’t need an interpreter’s interpretation). I had to get by on what I knew, and that helped me absorb more of these countries’ cultures as well.

As you would expect, this cultural knowledge reflects in the characters I create. There’s an additional layer I can give them simply by looking back at family relationships, the way they live and work, even the way people perceive themselves when in a foreign country – I’ve seen it first-hand, so it’s effortless.

There’s another aspect to being able to speak several languages, and it’s something I always wanted to ask others about. I love pretending I’m one of the crowd when I’m visiting a country whose language I speak. I can pass for a local in many cases, and that almost feels like I’m a different person. It’s a different identity, one with limited lifespan, but different all the same. I feel different and I don’t shy away from doing or saying things my English self would never do or say. Hmm, there’s an idea for a book, right there…

What are your pet peeves?

Oh, there are a lot of things that grate on me, but most of them I’ve learned to tolerate. I have always had high standards for myself and therefore I expected the same of everyone else around me. Experience has given me a different perspective, though. Now, I find it easier to glide over small irritations – my best strategy is to make fun of them.

Still, there is one clear, definite thing that I cannot forgive, and that is emotional dishonesty. People lie for different reasons and most of them are easy to work out and even understand, like for example when you tell a child Santa won’t bring them presents if they don’t tidy their room at once. But when you lie for the sheer sake of it, or worse, out of malice, when you play with a person’s feelings, that to me is the highest crime.

Are you currently working on any other projects?

I’m currently busy producing a POD version of Martin Little, Resurrected. Createspace is an experience I haven’t had before. Luckily, my publisher has agreed to let me use the same cover as the e-book version of the book, so I’m really happy about that.

At the same time, I am going through the final edit on my thriller, Blood is Heavier. I’m looking for a cover artist, so do tell me if you know a talented one.

I’m about ten percent of the way through a Martin Little sequel and as soon as I finish that I’ll be jumping straight into a conspiracy-theory-type espionage thriller set in the seventies, which led to the crumbling of the Eastern Block.

The most recent idea I’ve had, though, seems to have a really loud voice in my mind right now – it’s a sci-fi thriller with a touch of theory of evolution in it. A perfectly ordinary mutation in the human species becomes undesirable as it threatens to become the longest lived, Arian race of the future. If this idea wins the top spot, the conspiracy theory may have to wait till later in the year.

Oh, and I spend evenings producing a play I wrote for the junior members of a local theatre. The entire cast and most of the production team are under eighteen, so it would be fair to say there are a quite a few challenges here and there.

What is the last thing you read? Did you like it, hate it?

I’ve just finished reading ‘Triple’ by Ken Follett. I realized half way through the book that I’d actually read it before, but I just couldn’t put it down. I had to take it all the way. It’s not a modern book, and some of the details don’t fit anymore, but it is one of those perfect novels that you just can’t fault. It has the perfect voice, the perfect story, perfectly-formed characters… it’s a perfect five star.

Read it if you get the chance, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it, hate it?

Ocean’s Eleven, and I thought it was a cleverly set plot, but nothing was going to come anywhere near the Bourne series, which I’ve watched right before that. Oh, I absolutely love the action. Another movie I love, well, two actually, are the new Sherlock Holmes ones directed by Guy Ritchie. I think Guy Ritchie is a very talented man.

Where can readers find your works and follow you?

The easiest way to find my books would be by using the links on my website http://www.ellamedler.com. My publisher has done a brilliant job with distributing Martin Little, Resurrected electronically – it is available on pretty much every platform you can think of.

If you are interested in my book reviews (I review indie authors for free) and my inane ramblings on publishing and writing in general, you can subscribe to my new blog http://www.ellamedler.wordpress.com (which you can also access via my website).

I also spend quite a bit of my time on twitter: @EllaMedler and facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-Medler/204929819588619 and personal page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000042416666

Or you could look for me on Goodreads and the World Literary Café. I’m a friendly person, come and say hello.

We’d like to thank you for sharing a bit of your time and life with us here Ella.
We wish you all the best on your current and future projects and we hope you will stop by again at some point and update on your many successes.
 
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