Epic Fantasy Author Ellen Mae Franklin – Book Elves Event Interview

Here is my interview with Ellen Mae Franklin for the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves Event! This Fantasy High/Dark/ Epic Fantasy author will be taking over on Nov. 29th 9-10pm CENTRAL so make sure to stop by and say hi!

Are you an indie author or with a publisher and what do you find the pros and cons to be for each?
I am an author who has had experience with both publishing avenues. My time with a small publishing group, facebook orientated was short and I left for I felt that as a representative of myself – the author, and my book was not taken seriously enough. There was little in the way of promotion, leaving me to pick up the slack and spending too much of my writing time pushing my own book. Being caught up in a contract with little to no say on what could and could not be done with the book I wrote, led me to feel that if I had to promote my own work I should be the one holding the rudder. As an indie author I get to choose where my book will be promoted and in what format. The price is set by myself and it is a wonderful feeling to know that you can do what ever is required to satisfy that needed push to get your book flying off the shelves. I would also like to add that in self-publishing a writer develops many new skill sets along the way in the process of placing their work into digital form and in print.

What is your current “work in progress”?
I have several projects on the go. It is a tricky balancing act and usually one or two of them become neglected due to the passion I experience when working. The fourth book in my personal series ‘The Tarkeenia Series’ is part of an ongoing epic/high/dark fantasy. It is titled, ‘A Fighting Chance.’ The third book in a dark fantasy series ‘The Un-Named Chronicles’ that I am co-writing with my UK author partner, Peter M. Emmerson is titled, ‘Maub the Dreamer.’ Lastly and one that I am proud of is an anthology of short stories, which is due to be released within the month. It is titled ‘A Dark Compendium’.

How many books do you currently have out and titles if you would like?
I currently have 5 books in publication, all high fantasy.

Tarkeenia Series
Book 1 – The Unseen Promise
Book 2 – Heart of Secrets
Book 3 – In the Cold Light

The Un-Named Chronicles
Book 1 – Fothright and Clement
Book 2 – Armitage and Envy

What one character from your book or books do you connect with most and why?
My books contain numerous characters, each with distinct personalities and idiosyncrasies making it almost impossible to answer this question. I have a connection to each, those that dwell in the light and those that seek out the dark, undermining friend and foe as the story moves along. If I had to choose and this is only for the sake of answering this question, I have a soft spot for a character called – Krad. His name is a Palindrome for the word Dark.  He is volatile, endearing, loyal and passionate. Krad is dangerous and powerful; I love his vulnerability. This character can be found in The Un-Named Chronicles.

Being that this event is for the Christmas Season do you have any special traditions that you would like to share with us?
The only special event for this year is Christmas lunch at my home with the immediate family. Of course, having a grandchild who is now 18 months old a bonus during the festive season. The joy of spending the day with a youngster makes Christmas more special.

What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
Hot pudding with hot vanilla custard would take the cake hands down. Excuse the pun but we have many sayings in Australia that keep us laughing.

What is the worst gift that you have ever received for Christmas?
I can’t say that have received a really, bad gift for Christmas, but I can share one that I was thoughtful. A few years ago when I was talking to the family about wanting to publish my first book, I was given the book, “The complete Idiots guide to Getting Published.’ It came to me without the attached CD making the gift a little incomplete. It’s the thought that counts though for to be left horribly off the list would be a sad Christmas indeed.

Who is your favorite author and or favorite book?
As a reader, I have a list of books miles long that I consider worthy to sit on my personal shelves. Printed books is how I like to read and I have a wall full but to answer this question I can give you an author who has influenced myself as a writer and who, with his incredible insight to thinking outside the box has taken dark fantasy to a new level. Joe Abercrombie from the UK is a writer that has a remarkable talent in character development and can weave more twists in a storyline that a maze.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
I could say that I am open-minded, dogged and passionate. I should point out that I don’t have many filters for which I am constantly reminded of.

What are your thoughts on being apart of the upcoming Book Elves on the Shelves event?
I am open and committed to all different forms of advertising and the opportunity to be involved in Book Elves on the Shelves event presented a fun time as an author. I believe in exposure and creating a wider audience for my books.

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