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The Ellie James Interrogation.

I have a memory like an elephant–which means I’ll probably forget your name, and maybe the first time we met in a crowd, but I’ll never forget what you did for, to, and/or with me.  I’ve spent five years figuring out the basics of the writing thing and that experience has confirmed something I’d already figured out. Be cautious of the power of words. In the right hands they can help and they can empower. In the wrong ones, they  can be spun like a Frisbee balanced on someone’s f-u finger.

Ellie James was wonderfully kind to me when I really needed it. Last year was a tough one for me. Writing the second book in the Mystwalker series had really shook me up.  I doubted my abilities, I second-guessed my story, I despaired over the approaching deadline.  I’ll never forget what Ellie wrote to me one day when I was feeling completely miserable. It helped, and I ended up with a book I’m proud of. So, my friend has a YA book coming out on Tuesday, called FRAGILE DARKNESS. Yes, this is a plug, but it’s also a chance to get to know her. You make up your mind about Ellie James:-)  I sent her the following Proust questionnaire, which she renamed as~

Leigh Evans’ Interrogation!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A tropical beach with a pina colada in hand!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
The feline persuasion

Who are your heroes in real life?
NICU nurses

What is your least favorite word?

What turns you on?

What sound or noise do you love?

What is your favorite curse word?
What the f’ do you think?    

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A picture is worth a thousand words, and all that jazz:-)

 What profession would you not like to do?

About Ellie James

Most people who know Ellie think she’s your nice, average wife and mom of two little kids. They see someone who does all that normal stuff, like grocery shopping, going to soccer games, and somehow always forgetting to get the house cleaned and laundry done.

What they don’t know is that more often than not, this LSU J-School alum is somewhere far, far away, deeply embroiled in solving a riddle or puzzle or crime, testing the limits of possibility, exploring the unexplained, and holding her breath while two people fall in love.

Regardless of which world Ellie’s in, she loves rain and wind and thunder and lightning; the first warm kiss of spring and the first cool whisper of fall; family, friends, and animals; dreams and happy endings; Lost and Fringe; Arcade Fire and Dave Matthews, and last but not least…warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.

You can follow Ellie on Facebook at:

Her next book, FRAGILE DARKNESS, is available from Griffin Teen November 27, 2012.

About the Midnight Dragonfly Series

Glimpses. That’s all they are. Shadowy premonitions flickering through sixteen year old psychic Trinity Monsour’s dreams. Some terrify: a girl screaming, a knife lifting, a body in the grass. But others–the dark, tortured eyes and the shattering kiss, the promise of forever–whisper to her soul. They come without warning. They come without detail.

But they always mean the same thing: The clock is ticking, and only Trinity can stop it.

Find out how in Shattered Dreams, Broken Illusions, and Fragile Darkness, available from Griffin Teen!


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