What are your writing stages (i.e., outline, storyboard, draft…) And how long does it normally take you to complete a novel?
My first two novels I wrote the first drafts in a month each, then I took a month more to redo them a few times before publishing. As for how I write them, that differs each time depending on how inspired I am. “The Pirate’s Challenge” for example was such an easy story to write that it just flowed onto the page from start to finish, I didn’t need an outline or anything, I just got it all down then went back and polished it.
What is your preferred writing genre? Why?
I love making up stories about ordinary people who can do extraordinary things or have extraordinary things happen to them. Sometimes this creates a bit of science fiction, sometimes fantasy, but mostly it’s just fiction. As for why, I’m not sure, they’re just the types of stories that occur to me.
Which genre do you enjoy reading?
Sci-fi and fantasy are my go-to “relax” genres, if I want to just switch off and enjoy a book they’re the ones for me.
Name one author who has inspired you and if you could meet him or her in a casual setting, what would be one question you’d ask?
Terry Pratchett was the first author to inspire me to write things that were a bit beyond the ordinary. Apart from asking to try on his hat I’d ask him what he’d been smoking all these years and where I could get some.
What is the title of your latest published work? How did you come up with this title?
The title of my latest work is “The Secret of the Ancients” and I have no idea how I came up with it, it just sounded right for the book.
The title is usually one of the last things I think of and the one thing that makes me panic more than anything else, it’s so important because it’s the first thing that anyone sees. I usually end up coming up with several possible titles and then going back and forth between them until one sticks.
Name one place you haven’t been and would like to go. Why?
Australia, because I want to see the barrier reef before it dies.
Tell your readers and visitors of EllisonBlackburn.com, something unique about you.
I used to be a professional Ballet dancer…
If you were stranded on a desert island with a basket full of one item, what would that item be? What were you doing carrying around a basket of THAT?
The easy answer would be books… or chocolate, probably chocolate actually. I’m never very far from either of those things, and of course I’d be carrying a basket full of them.
What do you spend most of your time doing when you are not writing?
I’m an actor and have a production company in Barcelona. I also go to the gym three or four times a week, healthy body, health mind and all that.
What is the one aspect about being an author you dislike? What is your favorite?
Editing, I hate editing. Time I spend editing is time stolen from creating. It’s a necessary evil though to weed out mistakes and sometimes something occurs to you that takes you in a direction you hadn’t thought of.
My favorite aspect is that I get the chance to bore other people with all the stories that entertain me in my own head.
What are you working on now?
I’m going to keep working on the “Displacers” series for the foreseeable future, I already have it planned out for six or seven novels.
At the same time I’m going to be writing a few other things that I have in my head, including converting a couple of my screenplays into books. I like to have a few things going at the same time just in case I get stuck on one of them – it cuts down on frustration.