Ellen is hilarious! I seriously laughed out loud several times. I can't wait to read her next two books, both coming out soon! Please give a warm welcome to Ellen Mint.
Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I’m Ellen Mint and I’m from the land of corn and cows usually known as Nebraska. We only send people to the cornfield if they really piss us off and have gotten the killer scarecrow attacks down to once a month.
I write both contemporary and paranormal depending on my mood, almost always fog-your-glasses steamy. (If you don't have glasses, a pair will be provided to you). One thing I do love including are action scenes. Paranormal allows more of that, but even in contemporary I can find an excuse to stab a character or two.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
Would you believe it’s due to a video game? A good ten years or so back there was a contest to write a short story set in the world of the game Dragon Age. I entered and won in my category. For that reason, I call myself a sword winning author.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Right now I’m writing a shifter book that involves 30-50 feral hogs. That’s part of a series my friend started to have a bit of fun with the new meme. It’ll involve hog shifters, a cougar shifter, and the man caught in the sexy middle.
I’ve also got a mermen book coming out in late September called Reefcake. Mermen + pirates + menage = one steamy, historical romp.
On the contemporary side, this December, Totally Bound will publish my modern take on Pride & Prejudice called Pride & Pancakes. In this tale, the stand-ins for Elizabeth and Darcy are trapped in a cabin alone together for three days.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I’m very much a research as I go type and my characters love throwing me curveballs. (What do you mean you’re into ice skating? Fine, I’ll look into it.) Beyond just setting details and digging into the minute of how a specific profession works, my favorite to look up is slang. Different countries, different ethnicities, they all have a specific way of speaking and it’s fun to learn that.
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
I am a Halloween nut. My basement is literally full of skeletons. Every year I make posters for Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows Read. There are bats and spiders up year-round on my fireplace mantle. Which you’d think would make me prefer to write horror, but nope. I have no talent whatsoever in that genre. I just prefer to live like a real Addams.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
No writing advice is set in stone. What works for one person may be kryptonite for you. Work more on finding your own voice than striving to copy someone else’s.
City, suburb, or small-town?
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate?
Dark chocolate. White chocolate can die in the fiery pits from whence it was cast!
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Punch! As long as it doesn’t have pineapple in it. Blech.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
I would have said tacos before my body decided to get itself a nightshade allergy. I miss you so much tacos. For now, probably hamburgers.
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
The deadly combination of boxer-briefs! Dun dun DUN!!!
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Buns all the way.
September 24, 2019
Fantasy ~ Historical ~ Paranormal ~ Shifter ~ Menage
Joanna fears her life is over when her father, the Governor of Havana, forces her onto a ship for Spain. She will be wed against her will. In the midst of a pirate attack, Jo's salvation comes from under the seas. She wakes from her rescue to find two delicious men who need her.
Namhu is the serious, life-saving protector, with a body that could walk through a wall. Enki is a beautiful prince of the sea with green hair, a twinkle in his eye, and a tender charm. Both are ecstatic to share in Joanna in this ménage story under the sea.
There are M/M scenes included in this spicy tale of mermen, pirates, and a woman who refuses to belong to any one man.
Ellen Mint adores the adorkable heroes who charm with their shy smiles and heroines that pack a punch. She has a needy black lab named after Granny Weatherwax from Discworld. Sadly, her dog is more of a Magrat.
Her first two books, Undercover Siren and Fever are available in both ebook and paperback. Gettin’ Lucky and Reefcake are two of her newest paranormals in the Wild Ménage series. Her next book Pride & Pancakes is to be released by Totally Bound. Look for it Christmas 2019.