Stephanie Ellis On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author

Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine
Published in
11 min readOct 17, 2022

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Write the book you want to read. How many times have you picked up a book and adored it, then looked for others of a similar tone and can’t find any?

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Ellis. Stephanie Ellis is a writer of dark speculative fiction and poetry with a growing back catalogue of work. Her folk horror novels, The Five Turns of the Wheel and the upcoming sequel, Reborn, both published by Brigids Gate Press have been receiving excellent reviews. She is also the author of the gothic novella, Bottled, and the bio-thriller, Paused.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?

Life! I’ve been an avid reader since I was little but I never really considered writing until more recent times. My career path has been rather random, taking many twists but the one that set me on this track was moving from a position as a computer programmer to a role as Senior Software Author for a technical publications company. This brought me to writing of a very precise kind within a highly pressurized and extremely stressful environment. To counter this, I started to write funny little rhymes which I shared with my immediate colleagues, from that I submitted to local papers and was even published in a national paper. Having a family intervened, bringing with it a career break, and then it was re-entering the work place as a school librarian. And lo, I was surrounded by books. I started to think at that point that maybe I could write something myself and started writing short stories. My first submission was about eight years ago for a bizarre anthology call asking for dark stories on the theme of potatoes. Something about that appealed to me and I wrote ‘Death is not a Potato’ and sent it in. At that point I had never written anything dark before, and I wasn’t surprised when it was rejected although with positive comments, so that too made me think. I trawled the internet for similar calls and found the horror community and my darker side! A subsequent story to the same publisher was then accepted and…

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Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine

Publicist and author based in New York City. Founder and Creative Director of FemFounder.co and Marquet-Media.com.