TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES WRITER JAN ELLIS CHATTING ABOUT HER WRITING, WHAT MAKES A GOOD HERO AND DESERT ISLAND MUST HAVES…

I wish my careers adviser had told me to be a journalist. I may well have come to writing sooner. I was only given the secretarial option but then I type really quickly; the first draft of Serial Dater was 115,640, written in 28 days!

JO LAMBERT

Hi Jan and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me, Jo. I’m self-employed and have several day jobs, mostly related to the book trade. I sometimes feel like one of those 1970s TV entertainers who kept lots of plates spinning on sticks. I love it and having a variety of work certainly keeps me on my toes.

Spinning platesWhen did you decide to become a writer and how did you begin that journey?

I trained as a journalist because the careers lady at school said it was a good choice for someone who enjoyed telling stories! I soon moved into publishing and have been writing and editing non-fiction ever since. I fell into fiction after being approached by Endeavour Press to write a history book; we couldn’t find a topic that worked, so the publisher suggested I try my hand at…

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