In honor of the anthology, I'll be spotlighting different contributors between now and its release in May. Today's blog post features fellow author Ellen Jacobson, who contributed the story "The Silvering" to the anthology. Read on for an interview with Ellen.
Interview with Ellen Jacobson
I really wish I had tips for getting work done around my other obligations. This is actually an area I've been struggling with recently. We're currently getting our sailboat ready to go cruising in the Bahamas and boat projects have overtaken my life. After long days trying to fix engine problems and contorting myself in small spaces trying to remove bolts, my creative energy is sapped and writing is the last thing on my mind. I am hoping that once we're out there on our boat, anchored off of a lovely deserted island basking in the sunlight, I'll be motivated to get into a daily writing routine.
I'm new to this whole writing thing, so I don't have too much of a background to share. I started off blogging about our sailing and travel adventures a few years ago and discovered that I really enjoyed the creative process. That led to me trying to write my first novel, a cozy mystery about a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth.
Somewhere around draft #2,314 of my cozy mystery, I was starting to get just a wee bit frustrated about my lack of progress. To take a break from it all, I decided to take a stab at writing a short story inspired by a dream I had had about a strange world where people don gloves at the age of ten never to take them off again. When the ISWG anthology contest was announced, I thought that my story might just fit the theme and, in a fit of madness, I entered.
I love to read. Normally, I read between 8-10 books a month and I always have a large to-read pile waiting for me. I tend to gravitate towards sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries, but as I've started to focus more on the craft of writing, I find I'm reading a wider range of genres. Not only have I learned tons from reading with a critical writer's eye, I've also been surprised by some of the genres I thought I would have hated but ended up enjoying. Amish romance, who knew?
While I haven't read a lot over the past couple of months (sadly, boat projects even deplete my reading energy), one of the ones I really enjoyed recently was The Remnant by William Michael Davidson (a fellow Dancing Lemur author). I'm also looking forward to reading the next book in Patty Jansen's Ambassador series.
Ellen Jacobson writes mystery and sci-fi/fantasy stories. She is currently working on the first in a cozy mystery series about a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth, as well as tales set on imaginary worlds. She lives on a sailboat with her husband, exploring the world from the water. When she isn’t working on boat projects or seeking out deserted islands, she blogs about their adventures.