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A Labeled Novel
BY ELLIE DRAKE
Stumbling across a girl bleeding to death in the snow isn’t my idea of a good time. Neither is risking this life I’ve so carefully built that’s based on never being found.
If I leave her, she dies.
If I help her, my whole life goes to hell.
After my ex did me dirty and left me to bleed to death in the show, I should have died.
But I didn’t.
The guy who saved me? He’s got a secret as vast as the white wilderness around us.
If I leave, I die.
If I help him, my whole life changes.
Each book in the Labeled series can be read without having read any other and in any order. This book is a standalone with dirty language, steamy scenes, and a happily ever after. Enjoy!
This interview is a bit different – it’s husband interviewing wife!
Him: Let’s kick this interview off with a bang!
Ellie: Oh, great. Bring in the mystery writers – I’m about to get murdered.
Him: Where do you get your ideas?
Ellie: Caffeine fueled fever dreams and scrolling FB for shirtless dude pics.
Him: I’m going to have nightmares, thanks for that.
Ellie: You’re welcome! I’ve been considering writing a self-help book. Think anyone would buy it?
Him: Absolutely not.
Ellie: I love that you always support my dreams.
Him: Moving on. What is your writing process like?
Ellie: Where did you get these questions?
Him: Shuffles papers while refusing to make eye contact.
Ellie: You know what this process is like. I lock myself in the room and screech at you if you dare enter my lair of writing with anything other than peace offerings of food and coffee. I write a detailed outline chapter by chapter and expand on that until I’ve got a story.
Him: That screech, though. Shudders. What advice do you have for writers?
Him: That’s not very encouraging.
Ellie: Oh, sorry. Um, write. Butt in chair. Stop making excuses. Just sit and make the words happen. Every. Single. Day. And if you do, you’ll get faster. Better. You’ll refine your process. Treat it like a job (that you love) and put in the time and effort, not just the heart.
Him: Still not encouraging.
Ellie: What do you want from me? Laughs.
Him: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Ellie: Hmm, that’s a good one. Depends. Some scenes are emotionally sapping, some are invigorating. So both, either, depends on the scene I’m writing.
Him: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Ellie: Of course I did. Ernest Hemingway is already a famous author so I couldn’t use my real name.
Him: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Ellie: Both! I like stand alone books, but the Labeled series is loosely connected. So the novels are about the labels we’re given in high school, (Don’t ask about mine, oh, gosh) and how each character makes or breaks their label. Like the first book, Famous, is a guy that was famous from a young age. That’s all anyone ever knew about him, the only reason anyone cared about him. People love(d) him for his money or fame. This left him lonely and eventually made him break away from society to live alone in the mountains, knowing he could only trust himself and his dog. So he broke away from his label-
Him: No spoilers!
Ellie: You’ve read it already.
Him: They haven’t!
Ellie: Oh, yeah. Heh.
Him: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Ellie: Of course!
Him: … any you want to share?
Ellie: Nope! Find ‘em yourselves!
Him: Okay. Last question: If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Ellie: Actually, that’s a really hard question, but not for the reason anyone thinks. I suffer from several health conditions that make me unable to work in the traditional sense. My doctor pushed me to try for disability and offered her support, but I’m only 31 and I don’t ‘look’ sick most of the time. Anyone that’s been there or had a loved one go through it knows it’s a real struggle. Luckily, I love writing and I’m good at it, so I’m hoping that it’ll continue to allow me to work in my own way, on my own time.
Him: Maybe I shouldn’t have ended on that one.
Ellie: Why? It’s an uplifting message, right? But you missed important questions, like my coffee addiction, how much I drink, and if I’ve ever written a scene in bubbles on the tiles while showering.
Him: The first one isn’t a question, you can’t really drink, and what the heck is that last one?
Ellie: Nothing. Also, the bathroom mirror when it’s steamy is great for notes.
Him: Is that why the mirror says-
Ellie: Shhh! Spoilers!
Ellie Drake writes the kind of stories she loves to read. They’re all about strong women, the men that love them, and the journey to happily ever after.
She’s already got her happily ever after on lockdown with a tall, redheaded bearded fellow that bears some striking resemblances to the heroes in her books.
When she’s not writing love stories, she’s reading them or walking through the woods.
Links to Ellie’s website, blog, books, etc.
Contact Ellie at EllieDrakeAuthor-at-gmail(dot)com
Her book FAMOUS can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GC7SCYC
Thanks, Ellie, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!