My debut novel is titled: If you Change the Words, you Change the MEANING: An Addict’s Struggle to Let Go. The book details the human emotions that attract us to others in our lives especially those close to us. The journey of a wife trying to navigate her way through her husband’s addiction and the role co-dependent role she has taken on. This journey has opened her eyes to one of the darkest forms of abuse. With no real answers she is forced to make a choice whether this marriage is worth holding on to or will she have to let go.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am from New Orleans, Louisiana, the mother of three wonderful children and a writer. I have a passion for writing that developed in junior high school when I enrolled in both Drama and Theatre classes.
What inspired you to write this book?
Life! The unexpected up and downs we face as human beings with real emotions and reactions. Sometimes the smartest of people can find themselves in some unfortunate situations and are afraid to ask for help.
How did you choose the title?
The title represents raw honesty. Some people write a book and then come up with an appropriate title. I horned in on my title and then wrote my book. I know this book from cover to cover.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I tried traditional options for a minute. This was a tedious process one I did not have time to actively pursue. Then I decided to go with self-publishing because I would have more control over my work and finally I said I will put this on the back burner for a while as I gathered my thoughts. When this opportunity presented itself I was not looking just supporting another Author and voila the process of networking is paying off.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I didn’t know that I would be a writer. I was skeptical and sometimes harsh ridicule writer’s encounter when their work is outside of the norm. I am aware that my novel touches on a subject that society tries to confine to family problems but life changing issues are important and we all know someone who has lived and loved in and through addiction
Do you have any writing rituals?
No rituals, it is hard to establish ritual or routine raising children. The only thing I must have is silence!
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
The main character’s name Able whose alter ego is Cain those were the easiest because I want my readers to understand the connection between being capable of doing better things despite our pass failures. The other characters were harder because I did not want to associate any characters in the book with people I know personally.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I appreciate the publishing team for helping me see the editing process does not take away from your writing it only adds substance to make your work complete.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like to read stories that inspire, true tales. I personally enjoy the process by which I can take something from the material and use it as guide for future experiences.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes! It too explores the life of women in different relationships and why they choose to stay. It is the journey of 6 women from different social and economic backgrounds proving that love is not equal we all love for different reasons.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Take your time, follow your dream, this is your work, look for the best possible option and go for it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
I know that men and woman who have ever experienced addiction can and will relate, but the families of addicts will definitely benefit from this heart-tugging novel. Readers from all walks of life will enjoy the read or knows someone who could use this book. I personally have a few people I am sending it to anonymously because they are going through it and are ashamed to let someone know.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I am in the process of setting up my website for now they can find me on Facebook: type in Ellen Allen and my publisher’s website: YourTimePublishing.com