Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Stephanie Ellis. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“You have to have really wide reading habits and pay attention to the news and just everything that’s going on in the world: you need to. If you get this right, then the writing is a piece of cake.” — Terry Pratchett
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write to tell the stories of the people and places who haunt me. Their ghosts creep up unaware and force me to see them, they do not introduce themselves, instead I have to discover who they are — or were. They are only truly exorcised when the story is done.
Poems are a different kind of compulsion, an image or prompt conjures up parasitic words and phrases. They burrow deep into my mind, create an itch that must be scratched until I have fed them other words to dance with and they are replete.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
Every month I submit to Visual Verse – an online collaboration of picture, poem and story. You get one hour to create your piece. I think it shows what you can create when you just have to go for it and the clock is ticking – you can surprise yourself with what you come up with. “Mine Is the Hand”
Stephanie Ellis is based in the UK and is a published author of short stories and poetry. Following a clutch of some of the nicest rejection letters you could ever hope to receive, she is now working on a horror novel.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.