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Somebody wants to be part of the book release party… ⁣I’m not the only one in this house excited about Tuesday night’s online release party for LOST COAST LITERARY! Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that all the boxes that have arrived this past week are the real treasure in this one’s eyes. So. Many. […]

Announcements, New Book Journey

March 28, 2022

Book Release Party Crasher!

The reviews from early readers for my upcoming novel, LOST COAST LITERARY, are beginning to come in, and I couldn’t be happier! The book, set in the fictional town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, releases on March 29th. And, while that’s still a few months out, I’m so excited to share this story with […]

New Book Journey

January 14, 2022

The early reviews are simply wonderful!

Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander

Going rogue.⁣ ⁣ When we moved to the Rogue Valley, we were ready for a complete lifestyle shift. My husband, who you know as the Tech Guy, had been working in tech, commuting in soul-crushing traffic over an hour each way, and working 10 to 12 hour days. So we made a choice. Give up […]

New Book Journey

June 26, 2021

New Book – Going Rogue

Sweet Lemon Press

What’s your size? Do you have a preference when it comes to book sizes?   This new project is a completely different experience for me in that I get to pick everything from the size of the final book to the cover design. It’s exciting and overwhelming. So many choices—hard cover, trade, mass market, oversized, […]

New Book Journey

June 26, 2021

New Book – What’s Your Size?

What's your favorite size when it comes to books?

Research Trips Developing a sense of place is one of the best tools a writer can use. When I’m teaching and coaching writing, I always encourage my students to immerse themselves in their fictional worlds. If we want our future readers to feel an attachment to the pages they’re inhabiting, then we have to do […]

New Book Journey

June 8, 2021

New Book – Research Trips

Writing research trip 3

The Sketching Process The first step of writing a new book doesn’t actually involve writing for me. Before I open my laptop or write a single word, I start with sketches. I sketch out the setting, characters and outline key plot points. It always feels a bit like returning to my elementary school art classroom. […]

New Book Journey, Uncategorized

June 1, 2021

New Book – The Sketching Process

Sketching out a new book

Waking Up From a Dream I often get asked whether I sleep well at night and if my dreams are consumed with stories and potential plot lines. Readers want to know if I wake up with a fully developed book idea. My answer is always no. I wish, but no. Story ideas come to me […]

New Book Journey

May 18, 2021

New Book – Waking Up From a Dream

The Journey Begins Around this time last year, the world looked very different. Book events, travel, college tours we were planning to take with our high schooler were all canceled. We had no idea what the future was even going to look like. I remember journaling, taking long walks in the trails near my house […]

New Book Journey

May 10, 2021

New Book – The Journey Begins

Starting a new book - The Journey Begins!