Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. The Last Heiress is her latest release. She is currently working on a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, for Harvest House Publishers. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award.
Don't forget to enter the drawing for Mary's novel, The Last Heiress. Details are at the end of this interview.
Welcome back, Mary. What are you working on now?
I am working on a series of mysteries, called Secrets of the South. The first three will be set in New Orleans, Memphis and Natchez, Mississippi—cities I have visited often and love. I’m fascinated with southern towns that have remained connected to their past.
A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
Yes, when my editor says the book has gone to the printers. Then I breathe a sigh of relief!
Describe your workspace.
Describe your dream workspace.
Any kind of workspace with a view of water, preferably the ocean, but a lake or river would work nicely too.
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?
Oh, this is such an easy question! Jo March from Little Women. She was a writer with three cool sisters and lived during the Civil War. Who could ask for more?
That we’re all rich.
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
That the process will be easy once you finish the book. The hard work has only just begun.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?
That they are no simple answers regarding God’s plan for us, especially during wartime.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
I hope they will come see me on my Facebook Author Page.
Mary Ellis is giving away a copy of her new novel The Last Heiress. To enter the drawing, click below.