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A Writing Conversation with Ellen Jacobson

in which we talk about first times (getting published, you dirty minds!)

Renee Cheung
Feb 2, 2017 · 3 min read

Returning from a bit of hiatus, I will be doing a series of interviews with my fellow authors who are all featured in the upcoming anthology Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life. First up is Ellen Jacobson, who just like me, is being published for the first time. (Yay kindred spirit!) So without further ado, I give you Ellen, the author of The Silvering.

R: Tell us a bit about your writing, what do you usually write about? Where does your inspiration come from?

E: While I’ve been blogging at The Cynical Sailor for a few years, I only started to write more seriously a little over a year ago when I started to try to pen a cozy mystery about a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth. I’ve been working on that manuscript for ages and frankly needed a break for a while. One night, I woke up after having a vivid dream about a strange world with mysterious happenings. I then turned that into my short story,The Silvering. I’m currently back at work on my cozy mystery, but I also want to try my hand at other sci-fi/fantasy short stories and maybe even turn The Silvering into a novella or novel one day.

R: What made you submit to the contest and take the first step to share your writing with an audience?

E: Other than my blog, which I don’t really take too seriously, the anthology contest was the first time I decided to share my writing with others.

What made me take that first step? One too many glasses of wine. When I saw the theme announced for this year’s IWSG anthology, I decided (aided by that second glass or wine, or was it a third?) to go ahead and enter the contest.

R: Have you had any prior experience being in an anthology? What did you like about it? What did you dislike about it?

E: This is my first publication and first anthology, so I don’t have any prior experience. I’ve really been enjoying the sense of community among my co-authors and the incredible support from the publisher. I’m also really looking forward to reading everyone’s take on the theme.

R: What are you most excited about being included in this anthology.

E: My mother’s excitement about being able to see my name in print is what makes me the most excited.

R: What’s the one thing you want people to take away from your story?

E: Not to bury your head in the sand when it comes to how society treats and oppresses others. We all have to take a stand against injustice.

You can also follow Ellen on Facebook, on Google+ or on her blog, The Cynical Sailor.

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Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life comes out May 2017.

Check out the site.

Take a look at interviews with other writers, including Oliver Shiny, Christine Rains and Aura Wilming.

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