About Steve Ellis:
Steve has been writing and narrating stories for children for many years, as well as singing and doing music projects with them. When he’s not writing he may be found mentoring and training teachers of English as a Foreign Language. If he’s not doing either, more than likely he can be found making music by playing guitar or keyboard or maybe travelling.
Steve currently lives in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) although he gets back to the UK quite regularly where his grandchildren, Joe and Millie, enjoy listening to his stories and sharing their own.
What inspires you to write?
Seeing the delight that children can get from books and as an English teacher, knowing the benefit they gain from both reading and having stories read to them.
Tell us about your writing process.
It varies, but I usually have a ‘hook’ which starts me off. That may be simply be the title which leads onto the story or it may be ideas for characters and outline for a plot that are the catalyst. Writing the first few paragraphs creates the mood and motivates me to develop the characters and the story. I find it helps to get into a childlike mood! I usually have an idea of where the story is going, but that can change as I write and introduce more twists and turns.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have written stories for narration in the past which involved speaking in the characters’ voices. I still sometimes read out loud to hear how they sound. The characters are very much allive in my imagination.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get something down on paper quickly and make a start rather than spending ages just thinking about it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As my books are beautifully illustrated, self-publishing with Amazon is now a much more attractive route as I can publish a print versions in addtiion to Kindle.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is becoming increasingly competitive with so many self-publishing authors saturating the market.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Illustrated stories for young children, historical fiction for children.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
Steve Ellis Home Page Link
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