Hello, my Lovelies! How are all of you? Today we have another interview. William David Ellis is the author of Harry Ferguson Chronicles and a few others. Let’s see what William has to say, shall we?
- Tells us a bit about your books. The main character of my first series the Harry Ferguson Chronicles Harry Ferguson, is a lot like me. My clone with modifications. Born in lativa around 1247 AD Harry Ferguson was a peasant boy who worked with his father on the farm until he a wild hog broke loose and attacked the town market.
He captured it but ripped the bottom of his pants out. Trying to hide his exposed behind, he reached around the gathering crowd to grab someone who could literally cover for him, and that is how he met the princess. Reaching out blindly he grabbed her and pulled her toward his back side only to discover because of the crowd’s reaction to his compliant and amused human shield was Sarah The Princess. He was shocked and so embarrassed he ran off.
Until he discovered that Sarah had been kidnapped by a wicked dragon. Her father the king sent knights to rescue her but the dragon destroyed them. Harry decided to go after her and climbed through the dragon’s dark cave lair to find the princess. In the exploration of the cave he discovered a great hall of dead dragons and their riders. These were good dragons. He also discovered a magical sword that talked to him.
He rescues Sarah after a terrible battle with the dragon. But Sarah betrays him, she has started becoming a Dragon herself and has lost her will and her heart. She stabs Harry in the battle with the dragon. Ultimately, after the death of her kidnapper Sarah gets her mind back and tries to save Harry by placing his battered body in a stream of the cave She loses him in its fierce current, she did not realize it was a time stream. She dived into find him, but his body was gone. Harry wakes up 1000 years later in East Texas. He lives sixty years there. Sarah, also caught by the time stream, wakes up in the same Texas town sixty years after Harry, only she has been transformed into a six-year-old who has forgotten who she is until she meets an old man who starts telling a story.
- What has been the best part of creating your book’s world? The best part of world creating for my books is that I did not create a new world but modified an existing one. I have a hard time when I open a novel and immediately have to learn how to say Klingon like names that use and Chinese alphabet or city names that are confusing or rank of soldiers etc. those things get in the way of the story. My novels are set in London and East Texas. I realize both cultures butcher English, but at least we don’t have to stumble over learning a new world before we try and understand the storyline.
a. The worst? Is hiding the villain I just modified from the person I used as a template and drink coffee with every morning at the local café. My characters are taken straight from my life experiences and people I know.
- What advice would you give a new writer like myself?
Learn the craft, read books about writing.
Write, write, write, a writer’s block is in your head, not in your fingers, type when you do not feel like, even if you have nothing to say. You have to jump start some manuscripts some mornings, but if you start writing, even if it is not very good, you will slip into the flow and then you can come back and delete the first few sentences, but if you do not absolutely force yourself to put something on the screen, you will wait for a flow that never comes, you have to drill a hole before you hit water.
- What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why? Probably and don’t judge me or stereotype me for this, but the New Testament. I read it every day and the gentle grace that pours through it, the transparency of the character’s flaws, the manifestation of an incarnate God that dares to walk among his creation, makes for a good story.
- Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? I am a beekeeper, and a fisherman, and I drink coffee and eat bagels at a local coffee shop.
- How do you balance between writing and spending time with your family? My family is scattered to the far winds. My children are all adult and grown. I write as though it were a business. Write from this time to that and when the day is done stop and do other things.
- Tell us about the projects you have in the works? I have two WIPS. One is the second of My Sherlock Holmes series Angels saints and sinners, it is called the Long Game and sets the stage for the series as a whole., and the other is the 5th in my Texas Fantasy series where I am (probably not sure) closing out a love affair with my first fantasy series, called the Harry Ferguson chronicles, that book is called Old Things Rising the first book in that series actually climbed to be the #1 in one of its Amazon genres.
- Can you tell us about your writing process? I follow a routine; I didn’t realize it till you asked, but I see now that I do have a process. I make my coffee; I have my devotional time; I put on my pants. I break out my trusty PC. I read what I previously wrote. I fix it a little, then I ask myself, what has to happen next? What are my options? Whose turn is it to show up in their own little story. By the way ,my books are a collection of scenes where each major character is moving toward the climax of the book, then write the first sentence of the new scene. I do not edit it I just start writing and am usually amazed at what happens next.
- If you couldn’t write books what would you want to do? die
- Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about?
I am 62 years old, married to an English Teacher which helps a lot, until it doesn’t. My name is David Ellis, apparently my pen name is William David Ellis, I live on a farm in East Texas, and raise honeybees and blackberries, have a German Shepherd (who does not know she is a dog and we are not going to tell her) and belong to an interesting ethnicity called redneck. For those of you in foreign countries like California or New York or the underland?, downunder? Big island continent that has kangaroos? Well, a redneck is Crocodile Dundee from Texas. We carry larger knives, (I won’t mention guns less you faint of heart have a conniption) and we don’t have crocs here we have pineywoods rooters, large feral pigs that will destroy a crop in a single night. Bullets bounce off their hides so we have to be very careful when we go after them.
There you have it. Thank you to William for taking time to do this interview. If you would like to learn more about William or his books, here are his social media links.