About Sherry Ellis:
Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy the creative process of writing. If something triggers an idea for a story, I write it down and then see where it leads.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write all my stories by hand in a notebook. I revise as I go. Once I think it's okay, I type it into the computer, and of course revise some more! I am definitely a plotter. Flying by the seat of my pants doesn't work for me. Nothing gets finished when I try to do that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to the voices in my head. Does that make me crazy?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and learning about the craft. You'll get better the more you do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first books were self-published. It was a great learning experience. I chose, though, to seek a traditional publisher for my first middle grade book. Having a traditional publisher has definitely made it easier to get the word out.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we're going to continue to see a lot of self-publishing in the future. Ebooks will always be a thing, but for the children's industry, I think hard copy books will out-sell ebooks.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Children's picture books, chapter books, middle grade
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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