May 19, 2015

interview with the author of 'the truth about ellen'

I'm delighted to welcome Sarah Louise Smith back to the blog, this time to talk about her new novel, The Truth About Ellen, which is now available. Congratulations, Sarah, on the new release. It sounds like a great one.

Change the Word: Can you tell us a little about your book?
Sarah Louise Smith: The Truth About Ellen is about a girl who meets Tom, a guy from a band she used to be a huge fan of in her teen years. She doesn’t mention she was a fan, or that she once spent an evening with Jasper, Tom’s ex-bandmate – or that Jasper is her long-term celebrity crush. Things get complicated when Jasper tries to get back in touch with Tom…

CTW: What inspired you to tell this story?
SLS: It’s been swirling in my mind for a long, long time. I used to get obsessive about bands when I was a teen, and I guess a lot of the inspiration comes from there – my imagination getting carried away!

CTW: Where do you find your ideas to write?
SLS: I’m always writing down little ideas that come to me during every day life, often just a conversation or a ‘what if’ question that lingers in my mind for a while will then turn into a whole story.

CTW: How do you come up with your book titles?
SLS: I guess I started a theme with my books to include the protagonist’s name, so I was always going to include ‘Ellen’ in there. In this case, there’s actually a line in the book where someone says it’s time to learn “the truth about Ellen” so this seemed to bit nicely.

CTW: How has your writing process evolved since writing your debut novel?
SLS: I’m much more dedicated and determined. I guess having got on board with a publisher and received nice feedback from readers has made me feel it’s worthwhile and given me a confidence boost. Having said that, I’ve still got those pre-launch nerves; I hope everyone likes book 4!

CTW: How do you stay motivated to keep writing?
SLS: I just keep reminding myself how much I want to put stories out there. But it doesn’t take much motivation; I enjoy writing and have always done it for pleasure most of all. I don’t put pressure on myself to write on a regular basis.

CTW: If you were holding a dinner party and could invite three writers (living or deceased) who would be on your guest list and why?
SLS: Ooh nice question! Jane Austen (I adore her books, she’s like the original rom com author). Marian Keyes (I enjoy her books but I also find her hilarious, follow her on Twitter and you’ll see why… she’d be fun at a dinner table). And Paige Toon – my fave modern chick-lit author.

CTW: What is the best book you have read recently?
SLS: Zanna’s MacKenzie’s Amber Reed stories, they’re fun romantic stories but with a murder mystery twist – highly recommend them!

CTW: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received about your writing career?
SLS: To never give up. Even when you get a rejection or a bad review; if you love writing then you gotta keep writing.

CTW: What's up next for you?
SLS: I’ve got a bunch of ideas for book 5, but I haven’t sat down and actually started writing it yet. Watch this space! Thanks so much for having me, Laura! :)

About The Truth About Ellen
It’s every girl’s dream to date a pop star...  
When Ellen starts dating Tom, a member of the band she adored as a teenager, she can’t believe how lucky she is.  
She neglects to mention that she's a huge fan because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?  
Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-bandmate/ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.  
That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything Ellen has ever dreamed of...
Buy the Book
Amazon UK
Amazon US

About Sarah Louise Smith
Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, England with her husband, step-daughter, loopy golden retriever and cheeky tortie cat.

Sarah has been writing stories since she can remember and has so far completed four chick-lit novels, all published by Crooked Cat: Amy & Zach, Izzy’s Cold Feet, Independent Jenny, and The Truth About Ellen.

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