How I Met Ellen Wilder

I try to wax poetic about how I meet the authors that end up in the spotlight, but for the life of me, I can not remember who introduced me to Ellen. We talk on a daily basis and are way too much alike, so it seems like we’ve known each other forever despite never having actually met. Yet. 🙂 If you’re reading this close to the date it was posted, an official announcement is coming soon, but Ellen is the next Kindred Ink Press author! Be sure to follow her, me, or Kindred Ink Press to stay up to date on what we’ve got planned for 2017!

About Ellen Wilder

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of seven years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen's love for reading. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

About Ellen as an Author

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was never supposed to be a romance novel. I set out to write a crime drama with two homicide detectives. I was really into cop shows when I started writing it so that was my initial inspiration. The two characters hated each other and then they eventually fell in love and it went from a crime novel to a love story.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

Contemporary Romance is my genre, but I also consider my books Realistic Romance.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in 3rd person but go deep with the characters so the readers can really connect with them. I’ve also been told that I write male characters really well.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was inspired to first start writing from an assignment my computer literacy teacher gave me in Junior High. She assigned us to write a story based on the book Ol’ Yeller but put it in modern times. I had fun writing that story and adding characters from my favorite TV show at the time NYPD Blue. I started writing a lot from there.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep writing. It won’t be perfect the first time, but if you keep at it, you will get there.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you like my books, but I know my stories will not be everyone’s cup of tea. I try to put an element of realism in all of my books. They tend to deal with mental illnesses and other real life issues. My characters have flaws, some more than others.

How do you beat writer’s block?

Try and write everyday.

Are any of your characters are based on you?

All of my characters have pieces of me and pieces of my husband in them.

About Ellen’s current work in progress

How did you come up with the title?

My current WIP doesn’t have a title yet.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My co-writer and I are working on a young adult novel about a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old. We want young adults to read it and realize what it’s like to have a healthy relationship and the problems that come in young relationships.

How much of the book is realistic?

All of our book is realistic. The point of it is to show realistic and healthy relationships.

About Ellen as a reader

What books have most influenced your life most?

As a kid, my parents mostly read fantasy novels to us. Those were the books that I really remember and bring with me throughout life. Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Flame Series by Joel Rosenburg, Tom Dietz’s books. The very first romance novel I read was by Carole Buck, and it was called Knight and Day. That was the book that really got me reading romance novels.  

What book are you reading now?

Holding a Hero Anthology.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Deb Julienne and Wendy Stenzel Oleston are both wonderful authors, and I read anything they publish!

Because Karan is random

Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

Tell me fun things about yourself. I’m a pretty boring person and really don’t like to talk about myself that much. Lol.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m a gamer. My husband and I play Star Wars: The Old Republic on a regular basis.