About Paz Ellis:
Paz Ellis has been writing since childhood. She began her journey as a writer with poetry and short stories. She grew up in a household of voracious readers. When she was about twelve years old, her mother gave her a wonderful gift—her first hardcover book. It was a beautiful copy of Little Women. She looked at it and realized that her name would be on a book cover one day. However, her first book was a product of grief. She wrote a memoir, Plantains and the Seven Plagues, several months after her mother passed away, and has not stopped writing since that day. Her recent books are a series… Just Finn Book One and More than Just Finn: Just Finn Book two, inspired by her brother with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Paz was born and raised in New Jersey, and recently returned to the Northeast after living in Florida, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. She has two young adult sons. In addition to being an author, Paz is also a voice talent, editor, photographer, history buff, and an avid reader.
What inspires you to write?
Love inspires me! I write about the things I love and am passionate about.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love the classics. My favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoyevsky, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand.
Tell us about your writing process.
I jot a lot of ideas down on paper and on my phone. Then I sit at my laptop and start writing. I do not usually do an outline… it is all in my head!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are practically a part of my family! I talk to them. I hear them in my head, telling me where they want to go in the stories. I often mistake my characters name for my kids names!
What advice would you give other writers?
Read! Read as much as possible. It massages your creativity and supports other writers. Don't forget to leave reviews! And write every single day.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first book because it was a memoir that I wrote while I was grieving the death of my mother, and I wanted the book out into the world as soon as possible. It was part of my healing and the beginning of my author career.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks has changed the publishing business but paper is here to stay. I love my e-reader but I can't live without the books that grace my bookshelves.
What genres do you write?: memoir, young adult, contemporary fiction, and historical fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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