“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5 NKJ Version
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
Welcome to my first-ever author interview!
I’m so excited to be doing this. Hopefully, this will be the first of many!
I’ve known Ellie for a couple of years now. We connected through Instagram, and she has been an amazing friend! I’m so happy that she’s my first interviewee!
Introducing: Ellie Maureen!
Ellie is the indie author of the Every Shadow Lifted Series. Her second book was just released on October 18, 2022!
Hi! I’m Ellie Maureen, a Christian, YA and MG fiction author with a voracious affinity for just about every genre.
I started writing at sixteen years old and never stopped.
I live in Minnesota with my family and a feisty cat.
Besides being an avid storyteller, I’m a violinist, artist, and naturalist, at my happiest when I’m out in God’s natural world, especially when that involves climbing to high elevations or getting soaked in some sort of water adventure.
Aubrie Rose: Welcome, Ellie! I’m so happy you’re here. So, what got you into writing?
Ellie: Haha! That one’s a bit of a downer. I’ve always loved stories and using my imagination to create, but I didn’t start really digging into writing until a servers time of loneliness in my teen years when I had not a single friend in the world outside of my family, not a soul that I talked to. I started writing because I had these ideas and characters in my head that kept me company and I needed to write them down.
Aubrie Rose: Aw, yes. I understand a little bit of that. You did end up with some pretty cool friends though! And not just me, lol. Congrats on your new release girl! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about it?
Ellie: Forsaken is the sequel to Forbidden and the second book in my four part series Every Shadow Lifted. I love it even more than Forbidden mostly because I can see where I’ve grown as an author and some of my favorite characters of the series get introduced in it. My protagonists, Kiara and Hadyn, have finally escaped the dark world of Caverna and step into a new place they have head knowledge about, but absolutely no real life experience. Forsaken is full of expectations that get dashed to pieces and things that test their ideologies, new and old. It deals with new forms of imprisonment and abandonment. Never shying away from the difficult questions.
Aubrie Rose: Awesome! I love the themes. Did they come to you while writing or did you want to write a book with these particular themes?
Ellie: Being a hopeless panster, they definitely came to me while writing. It’s weird to say because your own brain makes up the whole story, but it really feels like the story itself gives me new and fresh ideas as I write. If that makes any sense at all. Lol.
Aubrie Rose: Definitely! Writing is so cool like that. How did you know this was going to be a series?
Ellie: The moment I learned how much of an over writer I really am, was when I knew this was a series. At the start of it all, before Forbidden even had a name, it was all supposed to be one book. Then I went, oh shoot this is way too long! Well, maybe it can be two books…then it became a trilogy…until here we are and I have a vague outline for four whole books!
Aubrie Rose: Lol, I love it! For those who haven’t read Forbidden yet, can you tell us a little about it?
Ellie: Yeah! So, Forbidden is a bit of a dystopian. Set in the Shadowy world of Caverna, everyone living there has no idea it’s just a cave or that there’s a whole colorful planet beyond their stone walls. Kiara, the MC, learns early on in the story that her mother who she thought was dead for years, is alive somewhere on the surface. The story of Forbidden follows her struggles not only against her circumstances, but herself as well. It’s her journey to dispatch the lies she’s been told her whole life and to find the sunlight!
Aubrie Rose: Amazing! I love all the worldbuilding you’ve done in this book, but I do want to ask: why a cave?
Ellie: Haha! I’ve actually asked myself this before. Why would you limit yourself to a dark colorless place for the 300+ pages of this huge book? One thing I know, ever since I was little, like six years old, I was deeply fascinated by caves and the creatures that can survive in them. And though that affinity definitely dimmed with age, I guess some unconscious part of my imagination still wanted to search out the mysteries of subterranean life. I also realized after I had already finished book one, how much of a metaphor Caverna was for my own life at the time of creating. How isolated and shut off from the rest of the world I felt in my loneliness…I think it manifested in the literal sense of this girl trapped in a cave, cut off from even the sunshine itself.
Aubrie Rose: That makes sense. Book 2 is set in a jungle, yes? Because this is dystopian, where in the world do Kiara and Hadyn end up once they leave the cave?
Ellie: Yes! When I set the story I didn’t even think about the incredible contrast, but yes after sixteen years in a dark, cold cave, Kiara and Hadyn step into the riotous color of the Amazon Rainforest There’s no in between. Lol. The era is loosely based just before the colonization of the Americas, where the jungle is still steeped in mystery and legends. And, yes, the Amazon is another childhood fascination of mine.
Aubrie Rose: So cool! I love it. What were the easiest and hardest parts of writing this book?
Ellie: The easiest parts were writing my favorite characters. Some characters are such an absolute blast to write whether they be good or bad people. You know how it is. But yeah, the hardest parts are most likely all the technical things that require a lot of research. I enjoyed the freedom of Caverna far too much, but now were stepping into the real world more or less and I have to worry about accuracy and all that jazz.
Aubrie Rose: Ah, yes. I do understand, lol. One last question! What stage of the writing process is book three at currently?
Ellie: Book three was halfway drafted before I even started editing Forsaken, and now I’m currently working on dismantling and rewriting that first half before I move on in the drafting phase. It was that much of a mess. Still is kinda.
Aubrie Rose: Good luck!
Ellie: This was so much fun! I can’t believe how much easier it is for me to answer questions through typing them out over having to verbally answer. Lol. I was just thinking about last release and the live interview we did and how awkward it was. You were amazing! And still so grateful for that. But yeah this was a cool way to do it this time!
Aubrie Rose: Thank you for letting me interview you! I had so much fun too!
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did!
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Stay fun! I’ll see you in the next one.
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