Author Interview with Ella Medler (Martin Little, Resurrected) 2012
Guest interview with Author Ella Medler.
A hearty welcome to all readers. Today we welcome the exciting new author of the light-Fantasy novel: Martin Little, Resurrected; Ella Medler.
Thank you for joining Ella.
So, I understand you hail from the land of vampires and Dracula? Tell us about your memories of growing up in Transylvania?
I grew up on the gentle slopes of the West Carpathian Mountains, in a
small town at the foothills of a medieval castle. I used to climb the
hill to the very top and play amongst the ruined walls – that is one of
the best, most treasured memories of my childhood. There was a play area
at the bottom of the hill – swings and slides and other play equipment –
but I never wanted to spend time there. I remember one day I ran ahead
of my granddad and took a longer route up, one that wound in and out of
dark caves with water seeping down the mossy walls. I loved these
mystery-filled caves; a child’s imagination doesn’t need much more than
that to come up with fantastic adventures. Well, that day was a little
more exciting than usual. That day a viper crossed the path not fifteen
inches in front of me. It slid quickly into a bunch of dead leaves, more
scared of me than I was of it, but it did make my heart pump faster as I
backed down the path, my eyes locked onto the leaves the snake
disappeared into for as long as I could keep them in sight, and then
flew back down to my granddad’s side where I stayed for, oh, probably a
good ten minutes. My childhood was a fun time, a free time and I
absolutely loved it.
Where do you live now, and is this your last stop?
I live in Cornwall, England, surrounded by much more nature than should
be logically possible in such a ‘busy’ country. I have to say, it took a
while to find somewhere that felt so good, so right, somewhere where I
could pretend to be the only person left on Earth, or at least one of
the few, if I so wished. I can walk along craggy cliffs overlooking the
Atlantic any day I choose or stand on the top of a hill from where I can
see both the South and North coasts of Cornwall in about ten minutes.
That’s got to be pretty close to heaven. There’s only one other place
like this in the UK, and it keeps calling to me – the top West coast of
Scotland, almost off the map.
When the kids fly the nest, I
dream of downsizing to a small cottage on top of a cliff overlooking the
sea, with very little scope for visitors. I’ll have a guest room, of
course. Just not a very comfortable bed in it!
You are a mother, a wife, a novelist and playwright. Tell us your favorite parts of each.
Wow. That’s a question and a half! The best part of being a mother is
seeing your children grow and blossom and find their own way. The best
balm for a mother’s heart is to see that those small persons who needed
the bike held steady as they learned to ride are not afraid to grab
their own lives by the scruff of the neck and make their own decisions.
The best part of being a wife, I think, is the knowledge that with your
husband by your side you can weather any storm.
As a novelist, I
get to live as many lives as stories in my head. I am blessed with a
vivid imagination – when I write, I literally see what’s about to happen
in my story next; it’s as if I’m watching a movie. I have to hurry to
catch it all and commit it to paper. Well, word document, really.
Writing plays is what I do to relax. The clue is in the name; it’s
called ‘play’ for a reason. For me, it’s just a game, a way for my mind
to download conversations, jokes and situation comedy. I am lucky to
work with a hugely talented bunch of amateur dramatic actors in my spare
time. They make my job so much easier – I can just picture one of them
on stage and I instantly know what they would say and how they would
react. Watching people speak the words I write is tremendously
satisfying. What inspired you to begin writing?
mean way back, right at the beginning, it was watching comedy sketches
on TV. I was just a kid, but I started work right away and wrote a
sequence of comedy sketches to be played out by me and my friends to an
audience of parents and other willing adults out in the playground. I
used the playground as the backdrop, the trees and shrubs, everything
was my stage. I remember being a little disappointed when the flowers
that were all out one month disappeared by the next. That’s when I first
started taking notice of the passage of time and the changing seasons.
I’ve never stopped writing, though life did push it way down the
priority list. It took a serious accident and three weeks stuck in
hospital staring at the ceiling in the trauma ward to really make me
think. I spent a lot of time writing to pass the time and also, I guess,
to subconsciously take myself away from the hospital setting. Nothing
major changed in the general set-up of my life – I learned to walk again
and went back to work, but this time I started carrying my laptop
around everywhere I went and just wrote and wrote every spare minute of
the day. Writing clawed its way up that priority list higher and higher
every week, every day, until it reached the top spot.
Tell us about your premiere novel: Martin Little, Resurrected.
Premiere is such a grand word – you’d probably floor poor Martin Little
if you so much as whispered it in his ear! He’s not a very strong man.
Martin Little is a series of full-length novels, and Martin Little,
Resurrected is the very first bead on the string. The best way to
describe it is to use the words of one of my readers: pure escapism.
It’s an adventure story written in first person from a male perspective,
but not just that – it’s a journey of discovery in more ways than one.
Imagine your life changed direction, 180 degrees, all at once, imagine
your emotions assaulted by feelings never experienced before, and add to
that a fantastical element that just about wipes off all that you knew
and took for granted in your life – all knowledge, all logic, all
expectations. I won’t say much more than this: the whole plot is one
cliff-hanger after another, it is relentless, quirky, it’s original, and
probably not everybody’s cup of tea. Oh, and I make fun of the British
lifestyle and societal rules in the background, in particular
bureaucracy, the modern CCTV obsession, health and safety rules and the
What has been the most exciting part of being a published author?
It all happened so fast, I barely had time to take it all in. I
remember the day I was sent the cover – oh, that cover says it all! If I
had to paint the whole book on one sheet of paper, that would be it. It
just couldn’t be improved upon. Yeah, seeing that – the cover, the pdf,
market-ready copy was just amazing. What has been the worst part of being a published author?
Ha, ha. I don’t think you’ll be too surprised to hear this. Marketing
and promotion. I had absolutely NO idea what that entailed, not the
foggiest clue. I’m only just starting to comprehend the sheer scale of
things I must get involved with in order to do this book justice.
What books have influenced your writing?
Way back in my childhood, I read a lot of cowboy stories – the whole
‘hero wins, evil guy loses’ idea appealed to my immature sense of
justice. Going through school, we were given lists of books we should
read, mostly classics, at the beginning of each school year. We had to
read and summarize at least ten novels per school year, and there was no
internet to help with research, so I did a lot of reading. My parents
made sure my own bookcase was well-stocked. The more I read, the more I
wanted to read some more. I loved Isaac Asimov. I used to have to read
by the flashlight under the blankets because my mum would spy me through
the keyhole and get angry if I didn’t get a good sleep. Unwittingly,
she turned my attention to detective stories. I had to become sneaky and
ingenious in order to make more time for reading. Even now, mystery
seems to seep into each one of my stories. And love – pure,
unconditional love, in any guise I may be able to weave it in.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Loads, actually. There are quite a few on twitter, I noticed, so maybe I
should start with them. But if I were to meet just one, I’d like to
shake Roddy Doyle’s hand. ‘The Giggler Treatment’ brought a lot of
laughter into my household just about the time the kids started reading.
You should try it. It’s a kids’ book, but you will laugh out loud,
guaranteed. If you could talk to your former self, what advice would you give her?
“Don’t take quite so long getting to where you knew you were heading all along, Ella!”
I hear that you used to train and spar in martial arts. Tell us about
your matches, your training and whether any of that training comes into
play during your daily life now?
Talk about ferreting out all
my secrets! That time of my life is a closed chapter. I embraced it, I
lived it, I loved it. But all that’s left of it now is the discipline,
self-confidence, knowledge and a good grasp of a culture that I wouldn’t
have been able to gain by just reading about it in books. And yes, in
my upcoming thriller, Blood is Heavier, and possibly in future novels
too, I will be drawing on that experience.
You speak over 7 languages, what is your favorite language to speak or hear? What language do you dream in?
I’m essentially a lazy person, so English suits me just fine. I dream
in English. I can’t give you precise figures, but I guess I’ve spoken
more English in my life than any other language. That said, I have
traveled a lot and in most cases I didn’t have the luxury of an
interpreter (in fact I can recall a few occasions when I was glad I
didn’t need an interpreter’s interpretation). I had to get by on what I
knew, and that helped me absorb more of these countries’ cultures as
As you would expect, this cultural knowledge reflects in
the characters I create. There’s an additional layer I can give them
simply by looking back at family relationships, the way they live and
work, even the way people perceive themselves when in a foreign country –
I’ve seen it first-hand, so it’s effortless.
aspect to being able to speak several languages, and it’s something I
always wanted to ask others about. I love pretending I’m one of the
crowd when I’m visiting a country whose language I speak. I can pass for
a local in many cases, and that almost feels like I’m a different
person. It’s a different identity, one with limited lifespan, but
different all the same. I feel different and I don’t shy away from doing
or saying things my English self would never do or say. Hmm, there’s an
idea for a book, right there…
What are your pet peeves?
Oh, there are a lot of things that grate on me, but most of them I’ve
learned to tolerate. I have always had high standards for myself and
therefore I expected the same of everyone else around me. Experience has
given me a different perspective, though. Now, I find it easier to
glide over small irritations – my best strategy is to make fun of them.
Still, there is one clear, definite thing that I cannot forgive, and
that is emotional dishonesty. People lie for different reasons and most
of them are easy to work out and even understand, like for example when
you tell a child Santa won’t bring them presents if they don’t tidy
their room at once. But when you lie for the sheer sake of it, or worse,
out of malice, when you play with a person’s feelings, that to me is
the highest crime.
Are you currently working on any other projects?
I’m currently busy producing a POD version of Martin Little,
Resurrected. Createspace is an experience I haven’t had before. Luckily,
my publisher has agreed to let me use the same cover as the e-book
version of the book, so I’m really happy about that.
same time, I am going through the final edit on my thriller, Blood is
Heavier. I’m looking for a cover artist, so do tell me if you know a
I’m about ten percent of the way through a Martin
Little sequel and as soon as I finish that I’ll be jumping straight
into a conspiracy-theory-type espionage thriller set in the seventies,
which led to the crumbling of the Eastern Block.
recent idea I’ve had, though, seems to have a really loud voice in my
mind right now – it’s a sci-fi thriller with a touch of theory of
evolution in it. A perfectly ordinary mutation in the human species
becomes undesirable as it threatens to become the longest lived, Arian
race of the future. If this idea wins the top spot, the conspiracy
theory may have to wait till later in the year.
Oh, and I spend
evenings producing a play I wrote for the junior members of a local
theatre. The entire cast and most of the production team are under
eighteen, so it would be fair to say there are a quite a few challenges
here and there.
What is the last thing you read? Did you like it, hate it?
I’ve just finished reading ‘Triple’ by Ken Follett. I realized half way
through the book that I’d actually read it before, but I just couldn’t
put it down. I had to take it all the way. It’s not a modern book, and
some of the details don’t fit anymore, but it is one of those perfect
novels that you just can’t fault. It has the perfect voice, the perfect
story, perfectly-formed characters… it’s a perfect five star.
Read it if you get the chance, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it, hate it?
Ocean’s Eleven, and I thought it was a cleverly set plot, but nothing
was going to come anywhere near the Bourne series, which I’ve watched
right before that. Oh, I absolutely love the action. Another movie I
love, well, two actually, are the new Sherlock Holmes ones directed by
Guy Ritchie. I think Guy Ritchie is a very talented man.
Where can readers find your works and follow you?
The easiest way to find my books would be by using the links on my website http://www.ellamedler.com/.
My publisher has done a brilliant job with distributing Martin Little,
Resurrected electronically – it is available on pretty much every
platform you can think of.
If you are interested in my book
reviews (I review indie authors for free) and my inane ramblings on
publishing and writing in general, you can subscribe to my new blog http://www.ellamedler.wordpress.com/ (which you can also access via my website).
Or you could look for me on Goodreads and the World Literary Café. I’m a friendly person, come and say hello.
We’d like to thank you for sharing a bit of your time and life with us here Ella.
We wish you all the best on your current and future projects and we
hope you will stop by again at some point and update on your many