What would your bio say?
When it comes to talking about myself, I’m impossibly shy. One thing I will admit to is being an open minded person. I believe that people everywhere deserve to be happy, healthy, and free (unless you’re a crazy murderer or something…). I’d like to make it clear that, although my opinions are my own, I won’t tolerate hate of any kind.
When did you start writing and why?
I began as a child and my love for the craft grew from there.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I don’t think it does – I’ve got a pen and a notebook that I carry round with me. If inspiration strikes, I jot my idea down or even a few paragraphs, and type them out later.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Ohhhh only one? Okay, J.R.R. Tolkien. Why? Have you READ The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings?
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
At the very least, I hope to give someone a few hours of enjoyment. Mostly, I’d like to help shape the way people see the world around them – as a whole, rather than fractured pieces.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
For my adult works, self-publishing. They’re novellas and I didn’t feel they were long enough for traditional. My young adult stuff, I’ve been signed by REUTS under the pseudonym Ellie Carstens.
Tell us about your book (s)
Captive at Christmas (Book I in the Captive Hearts Series)
It doesn’t need to be Christmas to read this steamy novella…
When her life seems to be falling to pieces, Hannah Magnus decides to spend Christmas away from her Vancouver home. She crosses the border into Washington State and locates the idyllic cabin that will serve as her home for the next two weeks.
Mackenzie Dunlop is a man of action and reaction. A creation of his past and his profession. When he travels to the cabin he’ll be in until the repairs on his house are complete, there’s a surprise waiting…and Mac loathes surprises.
Thrown together in the least likely of circumstances, Mac and Hannah find solace in each other after a harrowing event. But once they leave, will they be able to get on with their lives apart?
Intimate Strangers (Book II – Captive Hearts Series)
With evil lurking on every corner, can two veritable strangers survive on love alone?
Chelsea Reid shares one sinful night with a delicious stranger and she winds up pregnant. Disowned by her parents and forced to leave university, she accepts an offer from her boss, Hannah Magnus-Dunlop, to stay with her and her family.
Christiaan ‘Tiaan’ Carstens had everything going for him. In the blink of an eye, he lost it all, including most of his mind, tortured in an American run facility, tortured because he didn’t die when a rogue politician wanted him to. His former colleague Mackenzie Dunlop extended an open invitation to come back and visit him in Vancouver. The very last thing Tiaan expects to see up north is sweet Chelsea – and his infant son.
The memories of that one magical night they spent together acting as the glue that holds him together, Tiaan attempts to string the rest of the pieces of his life into some form of semblance, while trying to figure out if Chelsea even wants him in her life.
Falling for You (free serial novella available on Goodreads and my blog)
Julia Beals can’t remember a day in her life when she didn’t have to work. So the ad in the paper sounded perfect to her – even if she did have to marry a complete stranger.
Nicholas Steele isn’t used to being around people since the accident that disfigured him. Having a permanent house guest isn’t his idea of fun, however, the press would have a field day if they found he and his new wife weren’t residing together.
On paper, their ‘fake’ marriage fits both their needs. In reality, every moment Nicholas and Julia spend together brings them closer to falling for each other.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
The Captive Hearts Series contains military personnel, people who have been through hell and back to protect and serve the countries they love – or at least, used to. I delve deep into the psyche of a traumatized soldier who’s been through more than he needed to and because of what he’s done, feels undeserving of love. I try to give people the perspectives of both the man who thinks he’s ruined and the woman who wants to love him and have his love in return.
I had a friend who felt this way (he was in the SAS) and unfortunately, he passed before I could convince him that he was wrong. These stories are sort of my way of attempting to let others know the same thing. Everyone who wants love should go after it.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
In Captive at Christmas, many people (mostly men lol) don’t like Mac. I think you should love him because, despite what he’s done, what he did for his government, he’s loyal, deeply caring (even if he doesn’t show it), and stronger than he gives himself credit for.
I think most people will fall in love with Hannah straight away. She’s got so much love to give and she genuinely cares about people.