Please welcome Madelynne Ellis to the virtual offices this morning. She dropped by to chat about her latest release Come Undone.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Madelynne Ellis] The quiet one, who listens and doesn’t say much.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Come Undone?
[Madelynne Ellis] Come Undone is the first in a series of books that explore the relationship between Dani Fosbrook, a university student with Xane Geist, the frontman of an internationally famous goth metal band called Black Halo. (I’ve also plans for other members of the band, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.) Come Undone covers the first few critical days of Xane and Dani’s relationship, which happen to coincide with Xane announcing the band’s demise.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Madelynne Ellis] I’m never entirely sure where my characters come from. They mostly arrive, tell me there names, and I learn about them as I write. I did know I wanted to write about an extreme metal band and the dynamics within such a group.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dani?
[Madelynne Ellis] Insecure. Loyal. Survivor.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Xane had a theme song, what would it be?
[Madelynne Ellis] I really, really want to say something loud and raucous, much like the sort of music Xane likes to write and perform, but actually, it’s Come Undone by Robbie Williams.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Dani is never without.
[Madelynne Ellis] Clothing. She really doesn’t like being exposed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Xane’s bathroom?
[Madelynne Ellis] Hairspray, Ash’s underwear (Black Halo’s lead guitarist) and anything pink or frilly.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Dani’s greatest regret?
[Madelynne Ellis] Losing contact with her father.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Madelynne Ellis] I’m not sure I have any very specific ones. I tend to mine ideas from all over the place. I have a bit of a fangirl crush on Gackt, does that count?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Madelynne Ellis] 1) Writing implement, laptop out of preference but I’ve been known to write on toilet tissue using eyeliner pencil. 2) Silence, if at all possible and 3) A large cup of decaf coffee.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Come Undone?
[Madelynne Ellis] Watching clips of rock bands and music videos, but it was research, honest.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Madelynne Ellis] It’s not often that a book grabs hold of me and won’t let go anymore. I think being a writer makes it harder to read without analysing the work at the same time. Probably either Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn or Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Madelynne Ellis] Finally, an easy question 🙂 That would be The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. I’ve adored that book since I was about thirteen.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Madelynne Ellis] Roleplay, both tabletop and live, read and watch DVDs.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Madelynne Ellis] By using any of the following:
or by email madelynne at madelynne-ellis dot com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
About the author:
Madelynne Ellis is a multi-published British author of erotic romance. Her novels and short stories have been published by a variety of houses including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Samhain and Virgin Books, and have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Norwegian. Her aim is to deliver scorching, character-driven stories that enchant, torment and don’t shy from darker aspects of life.
Madelynne lives in the UK with her partner of 20+ years, their two adorable children, a chocoholic rabbit and a demented puppy. When not writing she enjoys live role-playing, and solving puzzles. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach her at Madelynne at Madelynne-ellis dot com.