Interview with Ellen Wilder – part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I love romance novels, but I found a lot of the ones I ended up reading were too “romanticized” and perfect. I wanted to write about real relationships and real people. My first published book is based on my relationship with my husband. My very bipolar husband. We have our ups and downs, but in the end it is our love that keeps us together and makes everything worth it. I wanted to write a book about love that lasts through the trials of life, so that’s what I did.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I was inspired to first start writing from an assignment my computer literacy teacher gave me in Junior High. She assigned us to write a story based on the book Ol’ Yeller but put it in modern times. I had fun writing that story and adding characters from my favorite TV show at the time NYPD Blue. I started writing a lot from there.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

The element of realism and character flaws. Real people, real situations, real problems. I deal with unplanned pregnancies, mental health issues, health issues, things that happen in real life. Things that people have to work through. I’ve also been told I write male characters very well.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I have two projects going on right now. The first is a series of three books called Love Grows Wild, and I am co-writing it with my friend Amber Root. The series, at the beginning, is about two teenagers who end up in a long distance relationship and it extends to their journey to adulthood. And how their relationship grows and falls throughout the years. It’s been fun to deal with these two characters. And it is also been interesting to put realism into a young adult book, showing what healthy relationships are and what issues comes up between the two of them.

The second is a novella that is going to be the fourth book in my current series, And Then Came Love.

What do your plans for future projects include?

There are so many projects for the future. I have three more books and two more novellas in my And Then Came Love series. I have more books that I am working on with my co-writer Amber Root. We also have another anthology planned out with my publisher.

Fun Stuff

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

More than I like to admit. Probably three of four.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

I would wait until you got back.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Stretching.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Samos or Tag-a-longs, can’t decide.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

Most of the time, if I love the song, I can listen to it thousands of times and not get sick of it.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

How to drive their humans crazy.

This or That? 

Tea or Coffee? Tea

Marvel or DC Comics? Marvel

Winter or Summer? Summer

Vintage or New? Vintage

Fried or Scrambled? Fried

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? Roller Coaster

Fun Facts about Ellen:

I love to co-write books. I think it is super fun. The best part is writing something that you think you’re going to know the other person’s response too only to have it come out completely different!

abouttheauthor

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of seven years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Connect with Ellen online:

Website: http://andthencamelove.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellenwilder82/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authellenwilder

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Wilder/e/B01GT4IOOO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15307413.Ellen_Wilder

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bolcE1

Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/281388505565305/

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Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

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Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

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Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

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Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.

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