I grew up reading Olde English tales of romance and devoured every page. I couldn't seem to get enough. The gentlemen treating their ladies with care, billowing skirts, the romantic settings; all were intoxicating to me. Since then, I have loved learning about the culture and country that so many of my own ancestors have come from. I find it fascinating. So here is my attempt at writing what I love to read.
I began writing in January 2008 as I was healing from a bout with breast cancer. In my boredom from sitting around, I thought I would go crazy. I couldn't even enjoy my favorite past time -- reading. It seemed that I hadn't yet gained the strength to hold up a book. I decided to try something new. I couldn't quite figure out what that "new" thing was, but I sat real well and I typed real well. So I put the two together. Something new was born--a trial run at being an author. And it worked! I now have several books published. I know a loving Father in Heaven has helped me to see my way to this exciting new part of my life. I thank Him for this wonderful opportunity. I've had a great time creating lovable (and just downright nasty) characters and life-changing adventures for them. Writing has become more enjoyable and rewarding than I ever imagined possible. And now, I am finding more and more stories plying for my attention. It’s very difficult to keep up! But I'm having a marvelous time trying.
Physical healing has come slowly for me, to my utter disappointment. And some days, the medical bills seem to choke the life right out of me. (Still.) More and more, I have become concerned that my life will be cut short, and so I am trying to write faster, hoping to help my struggling little family as much as possible. Hope and joy have been created during these stormy days by stepping into these other worlds, these other lives, renewing my own hope for each new day. My faith has been tested and strengthened and, I believe, is shown in my work. This has been a lifeline. Rejoining the real world, my renewed spirit embraces my family and my precious time with them. I thank heaven for them daily--a wonderful husband, three amazing children--they are my world, my most precious treasures, and so I want the best for them from me. It is my hope to become stronger with each passing day, giving to them the best for that day. Writing helps.
And that is what I am doing. Writing. Living. Thriving. After all, I believe in happy endings! ~Ellise
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