What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Writing is a time-consuming process. It can make you very insular. I used to write endlessly. Now, I am more disciplined and have a cut off point, especially when the sun is shining!
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
I am Ella. Buy me, is Mad Men meets Bridget Jones.
Based on my life as an award-winning advertising copywriter in Soho’s sexist, sexy Adland, the story is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals and lust is a must. Ella is a girl in a man’s world, battling her sleazy boss, ageing lothario, Peter Richards, on her way to the top.
Ella makes two unlikely friendships, finds her one true love and eats her own body weight in almond croissants.
Luckily, you don’t have to like Adland to like Ella!
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
5 hours writing, and another 5 rewriting.
Name your top five favorite books.
My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell
Unreliable Memoirs Clive James
The Country Girls Edna O’Brien
Catcher In the Rye J D Salinger
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
What are you working on now?
Guilt [psychological thriller]
Seven-year-old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose. The guilt informs the rest of her life. When it threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her baby, she must revisit her past to find the truth. What she discovers is as horrific as it is magical.
The Things You Missed While You Were Away [memoir]
Funny and bittersweet, this is for anyone who has been a child. My Mum brought me up alone and I was also a single mum to my daughter too. This glimpse into my childhood in the 60s and my daughter’s in the 90s proves that when we lose someone special, love comes from unexpected places to fill our hearts.
Title: I am Ella. Buy me.
Author: Joan Ellis
Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance
I AM ELLA. BUY ME
‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’
Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.
Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.
Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals
and lust is a must. Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?
Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.
A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.
As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his talents on a wider stage.
Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!
She was a lecturer in PR and Advertising at Bournemouth University.
She penned a regular column about her daughter for parenting glossy, Junior. Sophie is now eighteen and refuses to read a word her mother writes.
Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to her beloved Isle of Wight where she writes and eats cream teas with her long-suffering husband, daughter and cat.
She recently launched her books at The Ventnor Fringe and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.