Being born in Adelaide, do you feel you live on an island or do you see Australia as an integral part of the world?
I am proud of our island, the largest in the world. We are rather separate to the rest of the world because we are situated so far from everyone else but that has not stopped us from anything we put our minds to.
We are multi cultural, first in the field in a lot of inventions and ahead in medical research which leaves us in good standing global. Our acceptance of other nationalities has given us a rather unique perspective in the world and I believe it keeps us relatively safe, we have for the most part in this dangerous world been left untouched.
I have found that Australians are fiercely proud of our country, we boast to the rest of the world that we have a language that contains a colloquialism (Slang) which cannot be found anywhere else that our country is one of a kind, offering an enormous diversity of wildlife, natural landscapes and a sense of humour that is definitely our own.
Australians enjoy the culinary delights of our Asian neighbours and the advantage of very cheap tropical holidays. It is not all perfect, far from it for sometimes we suffer the same economic downfalls as everyone else, but it is home and throughout all my travels about the world, it is still the best place to live.
What is your pet peeve when it comes to the use of language? In fantasy you can come up with new words that fit the world you’ve build, but do you think that cuts you loose from the rules that apply to language?
The only pet peeve I have in the use of language is when I hear it spoken badly. When I hear people speaking to each other and in particular when they speak to me and I am address in the following manner.
“How are you’s goin’” or if I am told this, “Well Frank and me ……..”
The ignorance of those who speak the English language and dumb it down infuriates me. I know it is only a little thing but as a writer, I would be shot if I included such trashy dialogue. I am constantly amazed at how many people accept such misspoken phrases and it scares me to know that one day this kind of talk will be accepted as the norm.
Why did you choose to write under a pseudonym?
Choice for writing under a pseudonym was very personal and I do not wish to divulge the nitty gritty, ins and outs of it all, but I will say this. Ellen Mae Franklin falls from the tongue beautifully, it sounds romantic and could be seen as the kind of author who has a stack of accomplishments under the belt. (Smiling).
I did not wish to use the name I carry about in every day life for my surname belongs to my children’s father and since we are longer togther, I felt it important to at least remain true to myself. I could have used my maiden name but I loved the middle names of my three children, eldest to youngest – Ellen Mae Franklin.
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Food doesn’t factor in any of my books, in fact that is one topic I rarely touch on. My mind turns to darker things and the solving of intrigues that I am constantly concocting from chapter to chapter leaves little room for much else.
In reality, I have a weakness for Malaysian/Thai dishes. Kway Teow is a favourite of mine and I don’t hesitate to eat my fill whenever I get a chance.
What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?
I don’t have a true favourite per say but a string of lovelys that I am adding to my recipe list every so often. So please, check in every once and a while for new dishes.
Here is a common Australia dish that I cook regularly. We have large expanses of land and since our founding we have raised and eaten lamb. Our Sunday Roasts are a pride in an Anglo Saxon household and I have to admit I cook a mean leg of lamb.
I also cook up a fabulous Hokkien Noodle dish and a talk about Spaghetti Bolognaise and yes, I am more than happy to share
What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?
The title of my book is The Unseen Promise. Knock yourselves out with a taste –
For something very special I would love to give you the title of its sequel, a WIP that I am in love with, it is called In the Cold Day. Here is a taster –
Did you have difficulty coming up with the title for The Unseen Promise?
Finding a title for any piece of work that I do is relatively easy for me. I summarize the content and voila the given title jumps out at me.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?
There are so many different ways to go with marketing. I use loads of social media and help many other authors, which in turn brings my name to the attention of others. It can be tricky since I write under a pen name, but I don’t write to be famous or to make that million so many others dream of. I write for the love and for the pure enjoyment of creating.
Basically I fill my free time with the activities I enjoy, talking to people in a room about a work I have created in the hope to achieve a sale or two is not what I call enjoyment. So, I can’t speak on book signings, or events for I have never bothered to involve myself in either.
Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!
I hate lying so I won’t start now with this question. I think it is safe to say that I am typically lazy, plus I am so pedantic about the choosing of my words. I tend to get a run on things at times where I write fluently off and on all day but since my attention span equals that of a small dog I get easily distracted which then leads to all sorts of things: social marketing, watching TV, knitting, sewing, gardening, riding my pushy or some other recreational sideline.
Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
Ten Things you won’t ever be told about Ellen Mae Franklin again …. so, mums the word.
* Deep down I am afraid of the dark
* I have an excellent singing voice and have performed in front of crowds before.
* I may be sidelined with health issues but a bus will knock me down first.
* I hate Avocados
* My favourite colour is brown but I hate eating chocolate.
*I have been told that I am way too curious for my own good
* I am left-handed
*I love swimming but never in the ocean
*I am the slowest writer I have ever met
*Loyalty and honesty is more important to me than being popular.
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