A little bit about Ellie Masters:
I believe in true love. I believe you can look into the eyes of your soulmate and JUST KNOW. Many people don’t believe me, but for my husband and I, we were one of the lucky few who JUST KNEW.
I met the love of my life the day I left home for good, sitting beside a swimming pool in a tiny black bikini. I’ll never know if it was the bikini or some other quality about me, but he SAW me, and jumped off the diving board to get to me. I thought he was looney, until he swam over and captivated me with those incredibly blue eyes and a smile I couldn’t ignore.
Our first date, we talked about nothing other than our very horrible, and very EX-significant others. I think that set the foundation of our friendship and our love. We’d both been badly hurt and weren’t willing to travel back down that road. With our limits in place, he swept me off my feet and I believe I set a smile in his heart.
That night I knew, but it wouldn’t be until three months later that he asked me to be his forever. I said YES, unequivocally YES, with no hesitation. We married a few short weeks later and have been together for years and years and years.
Over those years, we’ve lived in many states and outside the country. I’ve worked at a multitude of jobs, and my primary job is one I still enjoy and love dearly. Writing has only come recently to me, a hobby which turned into a passion. I’ve met other authors, and discovered with relief, I’m not the only person to have a mind populated with characters talking, arguing, and having hot sex.
Now, I live with my beloved husband, two children who won’t flee the nest, and various animals, including three cats who rule the household and an adorable dog who wants the cats to be his friend. The cats have other thoughts on this matter. My favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching the fire, and bringing forth my characters from my mind to the page, and hopefully into the hearts of my readers.
I have been writing for about eight years now. I started with YA science fiction which began after an argument with my then teenaged son over a creative writing assignment he’d been given. He argued how ‘STOOPID’ the whole thing was and how ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ it was to write a paragraph describing a valley.
Yes, that was the assignment. So, me, being the awesome parent I am, set out to prove him wrong.
That began the genesis of my writing career and the beginnings of his second favorite book…CALAGONIA and my first YA science fiction novel, complete and rife with beginner writer mistakes. It’s where I cut my teeth on writing, and heck–he loves it. So, I consider it a tremendous success. And yes, I described that scene of a girl gazing out across a valley in tedious and breathtaking detail…and that’s when the voices began speaking to me.
Next came my son’s favorite YA Science fiction novel. It’s MY BABY … which ironically is not a dark erotic romance. That book is VENDEL RISING and is in its final revisions as we speak. I am currently getting a cover built for it. Vendel Rising is the first book where I had romantic elements in my writing. It was kept clean because my teen boys were reading it. Nice, but it didn’t satisfy what I wanted to write.
At this time, I was cutting my teeth on harder romance novels, and going dark romance. I wanted to write stuff with grit. I wrote my first novel, LEARNING TO BREATHE. It is also unpublished, and oddly one that I have never run through my critique groups. Then came a series of novels, A SLAVE’S BROKEN HEART, ASTORIA, LEARNING TO LIVE HIS WAY, DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, THE ICARUS PROJECT, COFFEE HOUSE, CHANGING ROLES, REAP WHAT YOU SOW and a few others…all of which have been finished and are in one stage of drafting or another.
I’ve accomplished my goal to publish in 2016. CHANGING ROLES was released in March of 2016. Afterward, I published a contemporary rock romance, HEART’S INSANITY: an Angel Fire Rock Romance, in August 2016, and then quickly followed it with a novella. ASHES TO NEW is a prequel to Heart’s Insanity and was released in September and will be included in the Black, Blue & Purple Pain anthology releasing on October 1st, 2016. All proceeds will go to victims of abuse. I also took a foray into poetry and in September 2016 was a contributing poet to A LOVELY DARKNESS: POETRY WITH HEART.
I’ve got several projects lined up and I’m so excited to continue bringing all the stories from my mind to the page.
SO THAT…is WHO I AM….