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Author Spotlight - A.D. Ellis

Everyone, welcome A.D. Ellis today!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hi! I'm a mom of a teen and an almost teen (15 and going to be 13 in November!) I just recently started my 22nd year in education, all but one year in the inner city of Indianapolis. I've taught K-6 general education, alternative education, and I'm now an instructional coach.

I started writing in 2013, published in 2014, and will keep at it as long as there are stories in my head and readers who want to read them

I'm a hot tea lover and I drink way too much of it. I also love chocolate, pizza, and sweet wine (best to drink with friends) I have a warped sense of humor, speak sarcasm fluently, and despise talking on the phone.

How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?

A reviewer recently said this about my books, "Overall I just love the way the author tells a story and her books are unique, from the careers to the homes to the families of her characters. You don't come across them in other books. So I guess you call it non formulaic, which makes reading her books all the more fun."

I like to think my stories provide humor, emotion, and an HEA for very real characters. I love the settings and characters I write so much and would definitely want to be friends with most of them in real life. A lot of my stories are based on real-life people and/or storylines. But I like to think I give them a happy ending when maybe their real life didn't.

Tell us about what you're currently working on.

I'm about 3/4 done with a city/country, opposites attract, age-gap romance titled Take Me Home.

I'm looking forward to starting a story tentatively titled Power Struggle about two school principals.

If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?

I'm horrible at this. Maybe if any of my readers are viewing this interview they can chime in with some ideas. I don't ever have famous people in mind when I'm writing and I'm not super in touch with movie stars, so I freeze every time I get this question.

What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?

I sometimes TRY to write at school if I get a break, but it's totally weird to write a sex scene at school. I've definitely written notes on my phone at stoplights or on receipts when I'm out with friends.

What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?

I usually start with the idea of two characters, then flesh out their individual issues and their combined issue. Then I start making notes of certain scenes I'd like to include along with setting and secondary characters.

If the story ideas won't leave me alone, I know I have something I definitely want to write.

If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?

I've got this idea, but I can barely describe it outside of my own head, so I'm not sure exactly how I'd get it on paper. Plus, I've not yet determined if it would be a happily ever after...at least not for all the characters. So, it stays in my head rumbling around for now.

Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?

I think all of my characters get their fair share of appreciation. I think Jay (in The BJ Boys series) is likely an all-time favorite. I adored Reid in His Reluctant Cowboy, but some found him unlikable. I also adored Keegan in Let Love In, but some think he's too whiny (he's young is my defense of him)

I think Jase in Bryan & Jase gets a lot of shit because people don't like the way he reacted in a certain situation. He ends up making it right. Also, none of us know how we'd react in any given situation until we're in it, so I think he deserves a break.

I feel like Braeton misses out on some of the love he deserves from readers. I love, love, love Braeton, but maybe he's a bit too much for some.

What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.

This is so hard. I love each book I've written for one reason or another. I'll say Sawyer is my favorite because it was the book that brought me to the M/M romance world and also gave me one of my very best friends.

Favorite book(s) I've recently listened to on audio: The Dichotomy of Angels by N.R. Walker and Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall.

ONE of my favorites ever read (because there's no way to have only one favorite!): In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

Favorite show to binge watch?

Hubster and I finally got around to watching The Office. I also love Handmaid's Tale, Schitt's Creek, Sex Education, Pose, Dead to Me, Tales of the City, Eastsiders, Hollywood, AJ and the Queen, Sense 8 are a few I enjoy or liked in the past.

What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?

I don't usually rewatch movies. Lion King and Land Before Time were ones my oldest watched at least a million times. I do love a good rewatch of Elf, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, and A Walk to Remember. Other than that, I don't purposely sit down to rewatch a movie, but I'll rewatch if it happens to be on.

Favorite quote or song lyric:

Cinderella: "Have courage and be kind."

Is there anything else you want anyone to know?

All of my books are on KindleUnlimited and several are on audio (with more coming soon!)

Where is the best place to find you online?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adellisauthor or my Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EllisElite I'm also on IG and Twitter and my website is adellisauthor.com

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