...Interview Ellie Ann Soderstrom

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Two bits of news, before I start the interview:

ONE: We're at the halfway point in my weekly serial novella, WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS, and I just want to thank everyone for your enthusiasm and kind words. I've been really happy with the amount of readers the book has received, and thrilled that the amount grows every week. You never know if people are going to gravitate toward a story with a depressed hit man as its protagonist, and the enthusiasm everyone has shown is really exciting.

TWO: I told you that I'd keep you up-to-date with my publishing process, and I just received the first round of edits from Black Opal Books for I'LL SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD. I was nervous about these edits, because I've heard horror stories from writers about sloppy editors or unnecessary rewrites, and I'm happy to report that I am 1000% satisfied with my editor and her work (100% is for underachievers). Hern suggestions made the novel stronger and I cannot wait for it to come out. I mean, I CAN wait, but I don't wanna. 

Now I want to introduce you to this cool chick I know...

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I met Ellie Ann through our mutual writer-friend KD McCrite a year or so ago and we became fast friends. YOU should become friends with her too – she’s nice, clever, knows more about comics than you do AND she is ridiculously funny. And she’s also a talented and prolific writer. She co-authors the Sarah Steele series and her debut solo novel, THE SILVER SICKLE, is out this month. In addition, Ellie Ann has a huge interest in multimedia and trans-media (she explains the difference here) and is putting out a very cool-looking multimedia book called SLICE OF LIFE later this year. And she’s writing comics. AND, somehow, she made time for me to interview her. See, I told you she was nice.

What’s your favorite joke?

What's the difference between a skydiver and a golfer?
One goes WHACK, "shit!" the other says "shit!" WHACK.

(Ed. Note: How have I not heard that?)

Three books, deserted island. They are…?

The Wonder Clock, by Howard Pyle
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
How To Survive on a Deserted Island, by O'Shei

Who is your favorite comic book character?

Death, in The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. She's so full of light and wisdom. She also has a very easy cosplay costume. 

You recently announced that you’re going to create a comic book / graphic novel. Can you tell us anything about it?

I just got a contract with a phenomenal new company called Motionworks Entertainment, to write a series called FRIDA. They create enhanced comic books, which is my specialty because I'm a producer at Noble Beast Books, creating enhanced digital books.

I can't tell you anything about FRIDA (or else I'd have to send a clown ninja to erase all your memories) (and that is expensive so I'd rather not). But if you want an idea of what KIND of comic I'm creating, check out James O'Barr's SUNDOWN: WHITE BIRCH, by Motionworks Entertainment. It's a freakin' fantastic experience.

Is there a form of art you want to try that you haven’t?

Baking French bread. I've been trying for two years and I still can't make a phenomenal loaf. I've made good loaves, but none I can really brag about.

How did you get the idea for the Silver Sickle?

I've always loved the story of Esther, from the Bible. It's so provocative. I used a lot of themes and plot points from her story.

What’s been the biggest challenge in creating your upcoming multimedia story, SLICE OF LIFE?

Everything, LoL. It's a very challenging project. Though overall, the biggest challenge was picking the right people to work with. It makes a helluva difference if you're working with professionals...if you're not, it's almost impossible to get anything done.

I'm so proud and thankful for the excellent team I ended up with.

What do you think about the changing state of publishing?

It's about time things changed. The change is awesome! Ten years ago I never would have received the kind of royalty check I do now, but because writers have more power, and there are more successful Indie houses, writers are getting more of their hard-earned money...instead of New York publishers buying a second home in Maui. 

Best moment in publishing, so far?

I teared up at this question, because there are just so many to choose from. But the one that takes the cake was when one of the reviewers for The Silver Sickle wrote "zik," on my Facebook wall. It's a profanity from the world, and it made me feel like my book had made a difference in his life.

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Thanks Ellie! Remember to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. OH! And follow me too (Facebook & Twitter)! I get lonely.

See you next week, homies.

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INTERVIEW ROLL CALL:

Michelle Davidson Argyle (writer)

Cathrina Constantine (writer)

Jenny Drummey (writer)

Kristen Elise (writer)

Sunny Frazier (writer, publisher)

Chris F. Holm (writer)

Maxim Jakubowski (writer, editor)

Sara Jones (musician)

Nik Korpon (writer)

Barry Lancet (writer)

Sommer Marsden (writer)

K.D. McCrite (writer)

Abby Mott (musician)

Alan Orloff (writer)

Alice Peck (editor)

Lucie Smoker (writer)

Ellie Ann Soderstrom (writer, editor)

Art Taylor (writer, critic)

Steve Weddle (writer)

Sarah Weinman (writer, critic)

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