Interview with Ella Storm
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Answer the questions as if the character were talking.
Tell us about yourself, please.
Hi! I’m Ella. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my brother Noah—long story. We own a mystery dinner theater company together, and we’re finally (finally!) getting some higher-end clientele. I’m super nervous and excited about that.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
Um. Hm. I suck at dating? Seriously. I can’t seem to get myself out there. Lux (my brother’s BFF and my friend as well) and Noah go out on the town. All. The. Time. But the idea of hanging out at bars, going home with someone just because he’s attractive? Not my thing. Totally fine if it’s your thing! But I can’t get into it.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
I can’t figure out who I am. I like structure, deadlines, and schedules. And when I meet Ian…he changes everything.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I was almost engaged to a guy in college, and I thought…well, I guess we all think we’ve met “the one,” right? Jonathan was handsome and funny, super smart in that cool way. But I should have known better—he wanted to be the star in any relationship. And he did a number on me. I can’t seem to get past that.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
Wow. Ask a personal question, eh? I guess…I want to believe Ian likes me as much as I like him. But how’s that even possible? Especially once I learn who he is?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Ian Crane. He’s a lawyer and crazy sexy in that just-a-little-mussed way. We’re leagues apart though, and I’m not sure if this can work.
What would that person say about you?
Ian would say I’m beautiful and brilliant and perfect. :sigh:
What is your family like?
I don’t have much family. My brother and I were raised by our grandparents after our parents were killed in a car accident when we were teens. Other than that, Lux is who we count as family.
What special skills do you rely on?
I write all of our mysteries, organize the events and moving parts, while Noah does the business end of things: invoicing, tracking, etc. I’m also starting to get into scrapbooking (but don’t say anything to Noah about it—I’ll never live it down).
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Jonathan. He hurt something in me that’s still pretty broken.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
:grins: I can’t give that away! You have to read to find out. ;)
About the Writer
When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.
That's what I tell people all the time. And it's true.
I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind -- I'm not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). I imagined new worlds, emotional conflicts, and HEAs while I waited at stoplights or wandered the grocery store. But here's the thing: I didn't just dream it up and write it down -- I critiqued what I read. I knew when ideas were good, and when they stunk. I ran writing groups, judged creative contests, and eventually got two graduate degrees in writing. That's right: I love it that much.
So here I am, years later, writing kickass heroines and devastating good guys, along with some mystery and vampires thrown in (I promise: THEY'RE COMING). And what's really cool? I do what I love. Wanna write a success story for your life: I promise you, that's it. Do what you love. And hopefully, you can make a living at it too. That's the golden ticket, Charlie.
And chocolate doesn't hurt, either...
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
When I originally wrote Inside the Lines, I had no intention of writing a book about Ella and Noah. When readers asked to learn more about the Storm siblings, I figured, what the heck? But when I sat down to write the book, I had no idea what Ella’s story was. Enter creative writing and outlining. :) Thankfully, Ella was perfectly content to do what she wanted, whether or not I liked it. And Noah’s always a little contrary.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Ella’s the main female lead in Crossing the Line. What I personally like about Ella is that she’s very sweet—everyone loves Ella. But she’s not a pushover. Even when things go wrong in her life, she may not want to deal with them, but she does. And she’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself, with or without a man.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Ella’s pretty sturdy—and I knew that. But she also has a breaking point, like everyone else. Seeing her and Noah at odds wasn’t what I expected, but I think you get a better feel for why Ella has evolved the way she has. And hopefully, it offers a clue to what Noah’s hangups are for his future story.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Crossing the Line is a prequel to Inside the Lines, the first book of the Without a Trace series, which follows Lux and her sisters. The third book in the series, Tracing the Line, will be released in August 2015.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I’m currently working on two paranormal series, so we’ll see how those pan out. :)
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I never ever thought I’d write romance. My background is in literary writing, and I’ve worked in the publishing field and edited literary works for years now. But when an opportunity arose to write steamy romance, I couldn’t resist the challenge. And I’ve had a blast.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Oo, good question! Let’s see.
1. My focus for every book is to make sure the characters have authentic problems that real people have, that they have flaws that make them human, and that I honor the romance genre with the content. So if you enjoy romance and you like to feel as though the characters you reach could be friends of yours, then this book is for you.
2. I write steamy romance…so you won’t have to look far for some heat in any book I write. ;)
3. I explore something different with each book, including mental illness, the realities of kinky sensuality, and diverse characters with different backgrounds. This book’s a great start to see if you’ll enjoy my style.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading, and for giving me the encouragement to continue the series! I’ve had a blast hearing your feedback, and I appreciate your willingness to take a chance on my series. Without you, authors have no purpose—so thank you for loving the written word. <3
About the Book
Title Crossing the Line
Genre Erotic romance
Author Ally Bishop
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
I’ve never believed in love at first sight, which is probably why I write mysteries, and not romances, for a living. Besides, I’m too focused on expanding Elementary, a mystery dinner party business I own with my brother Noah. I don’t have time for romance.
When the handsome and successful Ian Crane books our services, I can barely keep my wits about me. He’s setting fire to all my rules, and I can’t resist his flames. I don’t recognize the woman I’m becoming, but I don’t want to go back to who I was.
There’s a part of me that can’t help wondering, what if he’s too good to be true? Because if he is, my heart will be nothing more than ashes.
Heat rating: Toasty warm, with plenty of flames
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