Earlier today, I found myself in a small cupboard doubling as BBC Radio Solent’s studio in Newport on the Isle of Wight awaiting my interview with presenter Alex Dyke. The studio was unmanned so it was just me, some whizzy-looking equipment and a set of instructions stuck on the wall. I followed them to the letter and flicked the big red switch, then waited for the system to burst into life. Nothing.
Spent a very enjoyable hour at Vectis Radio chatting to Ian AKA ‘Macca’ about The Killing of Mummy’s Boy. He was intigued by how a chance meeting with a killer on a train proved the inspiration for my first psychological thriller. When I write, I like to get under the skin of my characters. For this book, I had to think like a killer. Ian asked if my husband was in fear of his life and ‘slept with one eye open’.
Here’s what I told him. Enjoy!
Oh look what happened when I proposed to Julian Clary! http://connect.chicklitclub.com/wp/2014/11/28/should-have-couldnt-have/ …
One minute, I was happily penning funny, flip chick lit, the next my pen was dripping blood! Read what happened when I tried my hand at murder!
Hello Joan and welcome to Dreaming With Open Eyes. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself
I spent years penning letters from dogs. As an award-winning copywriter, you have to be adaptable! With a full-time job in a London advertising agency and a new baby, I did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. I even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once
I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for the fantastic Joan Ellis and her novel, I Am Ella. Buy Me. As well as reviewing Joan’s brilliant novel later on today, I have been lucky enough to ask Joan about her writing career as she shares her experiences working as a copywriter, and her love for almond croissants.
Set during the 80s, I Am Ella. Buy Me, gives a gloriously funny and at times, shocking, insight into what life was like for a young woman working in the then male-dominated industry of advertising.
The Bookshelf Reviews interviews Joan Ellis on the Girls LoveTo Read blog tour.
I am a luddite. No point pretending. You’d see right through me. Or your Google-glasses would. I don’t own an e-reader but I am sure it is only a matter of time. I’m a ‘late-adopter’ as marketeers dub people like me who are the last to catch on to gizmos and are forever playing catch-up.
I LOVED Ella. She’s one snarky, sarky bitch and she cracked me up. The narrative of Ella’s voice was hilarious; she’s totally down on her luck and seems to get herself caught in one predicament after another. From her job of writing as a cat, her love of cake, her need for validation and her nightmare boss Peter (who made me want to be physically sick!), her life is full of drama.