E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.
1.How do you get inspiration?
Almost everything can act as an inspiration for me:music, conversations, seeing something on the street. Living in NYC helps with this and I’m constantly watching and observing the things around me, waiting for inspiration to strike. So life itself, and the people, can be a really rich place to grab from.
2.What first inspired you to write?
What inspired me to get started in writing, and keeps inspiring me today, were really other stories and books. When I was little,on top of obsessively reading comics,I dreamed of becoming a Disney animator. Drawing characters and imagining their stories was a large part of my childhood. While the animator thing obviously didn’t transpire, the passion to create worlds and people to fill it stayed with me. In high school is when I actually thought about trying to write a full story, after I took this amazing English fairy-tales class.
3.Which authors inspire you ?
Probably every author I’ve read has been an inspiration to me in some way. I’m constantly in awe of my fellow peers and am so thankful to a part of this wonderful community. If I had to specifically name a few I’d say Emma Raveling, Julie Kagawa, Colleen Hoover, Jane Austen, Margaret Weis, Sarah J Mass and V.E. Schwab have been some of the greater influences and idea sparkers for me.
4.What is the best book you have read recently ?
The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab is a recent one I finished and LOVED. Her writing is absolutely beautiful and spell bounding. I’d also say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas is up there on recently read and am completely dead over.
5.What did you research for the dreamland series?
I looked at a lot of books and studies done regarding lucid dreaming. I also did a lot of research on wars in our world dating back to before the Common Era and familiarized myself with Latin and the root meanings of words and where they come from (if you read The Dreamland Series you’ll understand why this is important). A lot of my references were found online and maybe one or two from physical books I bought.
6.Where did the idea of the new book coming out came from?
The Animal Under the Fur is my newest release and 3 (one of the main protagonists), in a few words, is my ultimate female fantasy. Like most of us, I relish reading strong heroines in novels and look up to many amazing women in my life. I have no doubt that 3 is a reaction to all of the ones I’ve come in contact with. 3 is also my way of exploring what a female would be like if she didn’t fear men, in the sense that they didn’t pose a threat physically by being stronger. Unfortunately, I think this is one defining characteristic that puts men and women at odds and it’s especially something I think about almost daily living in NYC while walking around alone at night. It’s frustrating and, quite frankly, exhausting. What would it be like to not have that constant threat? How would that change the female psyche? Making 3 stronger in all of her senses was a beautiful escape from that.
7.Do you read all of your book reviews and how do you react to them ?
When a blogger emails me with a link to their review expressing that they enjoyed the book is when I really spend time reading them. I try not to seek them out as much as I used to since I have the bad habit of clinging to the one bad review I might read. Unfortunately rejections comes with any creative field and as much as we try not to take negative reviews or feedback personally, it’s inevitably going to sting and hang in our memory a lot longer than all the lovely things said about our work. The most important thing is not let any of the haters keep you from writing.
8.Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! I’d love to meet a writer who doesn’t have this issue. I would try to soak in this super power of theirs.My writer’s block isn’t so much that I don’t know what to write (since I outline my stories), but more that it will take me hours to get into the mood. When this happens, I often reread a lot of what I’ve already written to try and jump-start my gears again. I think the best advice I have for this is to push through until the words start flowing again, no matter how painful. Or talk to someone you trust about what is bothering you with your story. Often times just saying the words out loud can click things into place.
9.Can you describe your upcoming book in three words?
Assassins, romance, action-packed.
10.Do you have anything to say to your readers?
I love you, I love you, I love you. Now let’s all go on a picnic!
Thank you so much , E.J. Mellow for your help ! I love your work and being able to interview you was a dream ! You can find her in the links down below :
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/author/E-J-Mellow