Welcome back! Today we have the second part of our interview with author Mary Ellis.
Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught middle school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion for American history and is an active member of the local historical society. She is currently working on several romances set during the Civil War. The Lady and the Officer is her current release.
Describe your workspace for us.
I work outdoors in my screened gazebo in good weather and in my office in bad weather.
|Mary Ellis's home office|
|Mary Ellis's writing porch.|
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?
It would be Jo March from Little Women. She was so kind and courageous, besides being a devout Christian.
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
That we all make the same advances as Karen Kingsbury or J. K. Rowling. Money isn’t everything.
That once your first book is published, life gets easier. Writing is hard work, just like any other job. I put in long hours, but there is nothing else I would rather do.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?
I would like them to gain an understanding that there are no easy answers to life’s problems, not now and not for those who lived in bygone eras.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
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