Welcome to Get to know Boise Book Fest Author session!
Let’s get some basic information out of the way about author Donna, so we get to knowing her better during the interview.
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/author/E-J-Mellow
Genre: NA Contemporary Fantasy
I can’t to know more about EJ, who else is excited? Let’s get started.
BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?
EJ: I’m the author behind the Contemporary Fantasy, The Dreamland Series. The first two books, The Dreamer and The Divide as well as a novella, The Dreamcatcher, are out now. I live in Brooklyn, New York with no animals, but a lot of plants 😉 and I’m traditionally trained in graphic design. As well as writing fiction I freelance in advertising.
I’m one of four girls and have had the amazing experience of growing up with seven exchange students. So my full list of siblings extends all over the world, from Thailand to Italy to Chile and beyond. I think having this exposure to other cultures throughout my informative years really shaped my curiosity and imagination for worlds beyond my backyard.
Oh, and I also have an obsession with peanut butter.
BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
EJ: It might sound cliché, but almost everything can act as an inspiration for me—music, conversations, seeing something on the street. Living in NYC helps with this and I’m constantly watching and observing the things around me, waiting for inspiration to strike. So yes, life itself, and the people, can be a really rich place to grab from.
BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
EJ: I see myself writing in varying shades of the same genre. It’s hard for me not to include some form of paranormal or fantasy into my worlds, but I would definitely like to try writing a purely contemporary romance novel at some point.
As far as the importance of including romance, I always like to add this element into my stories. I think love is a truth to life, it comes in different forms and with different people, but it’s there and I think can really ground a story in something real. I’m also a romantic and can’t help giving my characters connections like that.
BBF:This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
EJ: I’m definitely with you on the picky name choosing and nd interestingly enough names have a huge importance in my Dreamland Series. I made a point to play off of the idea that everything in someone’s dreams can be interpreted. So if readers actually look up what some of my character’s names are, they will get a deeper insight into their personalities and roles in the book.
BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
EJ: I’m currently working on the 3rd and final book in my contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamland Series. Hoping to have this out later this year, 2016.
BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
EJ: Definitely meeting new authors and readers as well as reconnecting with past author friends!
Describe your books in 3 words: Imaginative, fun, passionate
Favorite thing about your genre: I love that writing fantasy allows you to break the rules of everyday life and really explore the limitlessness of make-believe.
A genre that I would love to write: Young Adult
One thing readers would be surprised to know: I go by my middle name, Jacqueline.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Both, but more morning person as of late.
When I’m writing I must have: Tea
Pantser or Plotter? Plotter
I’m currently reading: Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
My guilty pleasure: Regency Romances, but I only feel guilty about it because when I get into this genre (which happens about 5 times a year) it completely consumes my every waking breath, to the point where I’m not only devouring book after book, but also gluttonously watching show after show in this era. I ignore all other things in my life when this happens. Haha. It’s a problem.
My favorite cover from my books: Oof, hard one…I think Rae.
Which character from your books do you most identify with: Another tough one…I’d like to say Molly because of her desire to live a reality different from her own, but I think I have more of Becca’s sense of humor.
That’s all the time we have readers! Thank you so much Jacqueline for stopping by and Boise Readers for stopping by and getting to know EJ! Keep an eye out for EJ’s next release — 3rd book from The Dreamland Series later this year! But in the meantime, you can always grab one of her currently published books from Amazon :).
Until next time! *Mic drop*