Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ohio Author Mary Ellis

Welcome back to the Book Loft, Mary! Is there a story behind The Quaker and the Rebel? 

Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with Civil War history. I read everything I could get my hands on, both fiction, and non-fiction. After college, our vacations often included Civil War battlefields and historical sites. I was honored to meet
Henry Robert Burke, a descendent of a former slave who wrote an account of the Underground Railroad around Marietta, Ohio (where my story begins). I have so enjoyed putting my lifelong passion for history into a romantic tale of faith and love.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

I once wrote a short story for a writing contest for Redbook magazine. I did not win. I dug it out a few years ago, read it over, and hooted with laughter. I didn’t understand the structure of a short story. I set my scene, developed my characters, and began the conflict. Then suddenly the story ended because I had reached the maximum word count. No wonder I didn’t even receive an “honorable mention.”

What’s your favorite genre of writing? 

I love to read and write romantic suspense, historical fiction, and of course, Amish fiction.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created? 

I created a villain in The Quaker and the Rebel named Captain Nathan Smith who was so nasty, I truly wanted to punch his nose by the end of the book! He rather wrote himself, which is a rather scary notion if you think about it.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it? 

Absolutely. My current Civil War Heroines series was conceived ten years ago. But various editors told me there was little market for that time period. With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, public interest has piqued for this turbulent period in our nation’s history.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 

I will never write Science Fiction. I fell asleep during 2001: A Space Odyssey, and didn’t understand much that was going on in Star Trek. I’ve always been a Little House on the Prairie kind of girl.

How many writing projects are you working on right now? 

Besides editing current projects, I’m working on book two of the Civil War Heroine series, Honor Among Enemies; an Amish romance, A Plain Man; and a romantic suspense set in the current-day deep South, title undetermined.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you? 

Since I’m a former schoolteacher, I’m very much like Meghan in A Marriage for Meghan, and also like Emily Harrison from The Quaker and the Rebel. She’s a governess who feels ill-equipped for the life she’s been thrown into.

Where do you most like to write? 

Outdoors, I love to create scenes anywhere but inside my office. I first craft the scene longhand; then type and edit on my laptop while sitting on my porch. Only the final edit is done in my office, locked away like a hermit.

How do you find the time to write? 

For the past three years, I have been blessed with the ability to write full-time. For the fifteen previous years, I would write before and after work, during my lunch hour, Saturdays, or while riding in the car. Just about any opportunity to get my weekly word count finished.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 

My next book will be A Plain Man, which picks up Caleb’s story from my best-selling novella, Sarah’s Christmas Miracle. When a man returns to Amish ways after years apart, rigid district rules, a judgmental father, and his own pride conspire to separate him from the woman he loves. A Plain Man will release in April, 2014 from Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

Connect with Mary Ellis at:

Her website
Her blog 

Mary Ellis is giving away a copy of The Quaker and the Rebel. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


squiresj said...

Best of luck - God's blessings - hope I win, read and review this.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Thanks for additional review of Mary and her books. I enjoyed learning of her characters in The Quaker And The Rebel. Looking forward to all her new books when they release. Thank you

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Diana Flowers said...

I am also interested in Civil War history, Mary, and live in the historical city of Columbia, SC. So it's all around me! I also love your books and this would make a nice belated b'day present! lol Thx for the chance to win. :)


Anonymous said...

Looks like a must read for 2014
Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

Thanks Sharon for the lovely interview with Mary.This sounds like a great book I would love to read. Mary I love how you enjoy writing outside. So nice to enjoy Gods creation and be inspired with your writing!
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Brittany said...

Thank you for the chance to win The Quaker and the Rebel. Captain Nathan Smith sounds like a formidable villain!
Brittany McEuen

PriviesAndPrims said...

I've always been interested in the Underground Railroad and would love to read this!

Doreen Brannan

Anonymous said...

This book sounds very good Mary. I'm interested in reading about the Quakers, and very interested in the underground Railroad activity. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks Karen for having Mary here and for the give-away. MAXIE

sm said...

I like reading historical fiction about the Civil War and also the Underground RR.Love to win and read your book. Happy New Year!
sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindi A said...

This is one of my favorite time periods so I think I'd really enjoy this book. I love Mary's writing although I've only read her Amish fiction.


Linda Marie Finn said...

So want to read this ... It is my first book of yours if I do.
Linda Finn

Deb R. said...

I live in an area rich in Civil War history, including the Underground Railroad. I'd like to read this book. cjajsmommy [at] gmail [dot] com

Boos Mum said...

Just the title makes want to read this. Your villain sounds really villainous if you wanted to punch him.

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