Welcome to Ellie James

Most people who know Ellie think she’s your nice, ordinary wife and mom of two little kids. They see someone who does all that normal stuff, like grocery shopping, walking the dogs, going to baseball games, and somehow always forgetting to get the laundry done. What they don't know is that more often than not, this LSU J-School alum is somewhere far, far away, deeply embroiled in solving a riddle or puzzle or crime, testing the limits of possibility, exploring the unexplained, and holding her breath while two people fall in love.
Regardless of which world Ellie’s in, she loves rain and wind and thunder and lightning; the first warm kiss of spring and the first cool whisper of fall; family, friends, and animals; dreams and happy endings; Lost and Fringe; Arcade Fire and Dave Matthews, and last but not least…warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.


Broken Illusions
Griffin Teen  
May, 2012          
ISBN:  978-0-312-64703-2

Glimpses. That’s all they are. Shadowy premonitions flickering through sixteen year old psychic Trinity Monsour’s dreams. Some terrify: a girl screaming, a knife lifting, a body in the grass. But others--the dark, tortured eyes and the shattering kiss, the promise of forever--whisper to her soul.
They come without warning. They come without detail.
But they always mean the same thing: The clock is ticking, and only Trinity can stop it.


“ ...the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter will keep readers turning pages. In addition to the thrill factor, an effective balance of quick dialogue and occasional text messages with rich descriptions of the gothic New Orleans setting and Trinity’s visions makes for an absorbing read.
Fans of paranormal thrillers and romances will find plenty to love in this gripping series.”
--Kirkus Reviews

Trailer for SHATTERED DREAMS the first book in the Midnight Dragonfly Series


Hi, Ellie! Thanks for visiting today. Our readers would love to know more about you.... So, what’s your favorite holiday? Easter!

What’s your favorite movie of all time? Raiders of the Lost Ark

Where do you most like to read and how often? On the sofa, every evening.

What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in? Anything with romance and danger!

What’s the first book you remember reading? Where the Wild Things Are

What really scares you? Dark places

Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely.

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Athens, Greece

What’s next for you as an author? Book 3 in the Midnight Dragonfly series, Fragile Darkness.

Do shapeshifters exist? Anything is possible.

What’s your favorite hobby? Searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

What’s your favorite fairy tale? Beauty and the Beast

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?  10-day trip to Maui!

Cats or dogs? Cats

Hiking boots or high heels? Hiking boots.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?  Is Tinkerbell a cartoon character?

Totally. What hidden talents do you have?  Tying a knot in a cherry stem with only my tongue J

Seriously? What turns you off like nothing else?  Bad breath.

Would you rather sky dive or scuba dive? Scuba dive

What sound or noise do you love? Thunderstorms

What book would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island? The Stand

Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?  ALWAYS!  My music matches my character and the situation. For YA, I’ve leaned heavily on Arcade Fire, Evanescence, Muse, Gaga, and all things dubstep!

What’s your favorite kind of cheese? Smoky cheddar.

Vanilla or chocolate?  Chocolate, the darker the better. The chili or pepper variety is better still.

Yum! What was the first story you remember writing?  Monster Falls in Love--I still have it!!! Pretty sure I’ll be blogging bout it VERY soon

Who’s your favorite villain?  Ben Linus from LOST!!!  (Runner up: The Grinch!)

What was your first boyfriend’s name? Would you want to meet him again?  Burke. Ummm….no.  That was kindergarten. My first “going together” boyfriend was Joey, and I have met him again, on Facebook! Kinda funny
If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?  Editing.

Is Elvis really dead?  By this point, probably. In the 70s…anything is possible!

What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book? Breathe. No, seriously…breathe   Then I go shopping. BIG fan of retail therapy!

If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?  JJ Abrams.

What’s your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate

If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why? Atlantis, to see what it was really like, and what really happened.

What do you like on your burger? (and do you take your burger veggie or beefy?) Beef, veggie or black bean: I like them all three. Mayo, mustard, lots of pickles, onion, lettuce and cheese. Yum. With a huge side of onion rings. Double yum.

What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?  How is my protagonist like and different from me, or what’s one thing my protagonist has done, that *I* would never do.

What do you do to unwind and relax?  Run, bike, take the dog for a walk, and bake. Lots and lots of baking.

Strawberry daiquiri or a beer?  Pina colada

Do you believe in alien abductions? Not only do I believe, but I have this feeling that…nah, never mind. Shouldn’t go there.

Ha! Vampires or werewolves? Werewolves

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Psychology: human behavior is far stranger than fiction.

Do you remember your grade one teacher’s name?  Mrs. Woods.

Who was your first best friend? Are you still in touch?  Debbie…not in touch personally, but our moms still are, so I know what she’s up to. My next best friend…Karen…I recently found on Facebook, and while we both live over 500 miles away from where we grew up, we somehow ended up only 15 miles from each other!

It's fate! Did you belong to a clique in high school? Which one of the standard high school stereotypes did you best fit in to?  I more or less hovered on the fringes of several cliques. One of my best friends was a cheerleader, but I wasn’t. Another best friend was a choir girl…but I wasn’t. Yet another friend was band, but, you guessed it, I wasn’t. I was more of this bookworm jock (Cross Country and Track) hybrid  

What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?  Easter egg hunts!
Salsa or guacamole? Guacamole!

Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?  Most invite: Julian Delacroix, my guru of all things metaphysical. He’s a man of possibility. He believes there are no limits, that our minds are capable of far greater than we know.  Least invite: Dylan Fourcade, because I’d get myself in serious trouble ;)

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?  Ohhhhhh, loaded question. Writing is so solitary. We spend gobs and tons of times by ourselves, in our own little worlds. Stumbling across a positive review can be the most amazing shot in the arm, it’s like a bright ray of sunshine to discover that you’ve connected with a reader. However, I rarely go looking anymore, because there are two sides to every coin, and no matter how prepared you think you are for the other side of the coin, negativity can be damaging, at least for me. I love learning ways to improve my craft, but I’ve found negative zaps of energy don’t do me any good. (My muse can be very sensitive to being told she sucks. I prefer to keep her happy, rather than sending her on strike ;) 

What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?  Funeral by Arcade Fire           

Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?  Coffee, with enough milk to turn it the color of pecans, with two teaspoons of Raw Sugar   (Yes, I’m a southern girl!)

What does it mean to love someone?  To be so connected to someone that you breathe the same breath. That you hurt when they hurt. That you’d reach over to put their oxygen mask on them before putting on your own. That you’d learn to not only love baseball, but read (and understand) box scores

What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?  Lavender!  I am an LSU girl, and we do bleed purple and all, but the real reason is because lavender is a beautiful soothing color that wouldn’t hurt to look at all the time!

What would you say is your most interesting quirk?   I eat my food one item at a time--and I color code my closet!

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? Ice cream sundaes at a baseball game, 75 degrees, bright blue sky, with a cool soft breeze.

What’s your favorite kid joke?  What's worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm?
Biting into an apple and finding half a worm.


What was your favorite book when you were twelve? 
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. Love, love, loved this book! My mother was a librarian, so she was always supplying me with classic, award winning children’s literature. Island worked for me on every level. still get a warm feeling inside when I think about it! 

What does love mean to YOU, or what is the appeal of the vampire/shape-shifter/immortal archetype?


Ellie will give away a signed copy of her current release, Broken Illusions to a lucky commenter!
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  1. Great interview, Maureen and Ellie! Broken Illusions sounds like a fascinating read.

    I've always been curious about Atlantis myself, Ellie. But I don't think I'd have wanted to have been there to see what happened. :)

    I had forgotten about Island of the Blue Dolphin! I bet I read that book ten times myself.

    Have a great Monday!

  2. Hi Maureen and Ellie!

    Broken Illusions sounds awesome! As does the entire Midnight Dragonfly Series. It is already on my list to read, I just need to start making my way through my list. I'm way behind on reading. But I devour anything with psychics, ghosts or witches.

    I color code my closet also, and by sleeve length within the color. :-)

    I love your comment that love is putting on someone else's oxygen mask before your own. From a paranormal ghost book aspect, I would say for me, Love is enabling someone to cross over and be happy, when you know you must remain behind and carry on without that person.

    Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit better!

  3. You raise a good point, Susan, about not wanting to be in Atlantis at the end. Given that, I'm guessing what I'd really like is to time travel there for a few weeks, then zip myself out of Dodge before all he!! breaks loose :)

    You know, I really should go back and read Island. What I remember is crying :)

    Another book I remembered this weekend was Forever by Judy Blume, but I was older than 12 when I read that one. And yup, it TOTALLY ruined the name Ralph for me!!!

  4. Beth....um...yeah. I do the sleeve length within color, too. People laugh at me, but seriously, how do you find anything if you don't do that!?!

    Thanks for your comments about Broken! Each book in the Midnight Dragonfly series is quite different, as my protagonist Trinity learns and grows, the process I refer to as "becoming." We spend so much of our teens and twenties becoming who we're going to become. Change goes hand in hand with that!! Broken was a very special book to me. I sought to portray relationships as honestly as possible, particularly when it comes to Trinity and her boyfriend. It's HARD being a teenager now, with lots of pressures and considerations that didn't exist even ten years ago. I watch my nieces struggle with this and really feel for them. Everything is so COMPLICATED!

    Also loved your comment about crossing over. I could have benefited from chatting with you while writing Fragile Darkness!!!!

    Take care!

  5. Great interview. Raidders of the Lost Ark is one of my faves too. Although I'm partial to Temples of Doom. I can't wait to read Broken Illusions. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Now for the question. What's appealing about vamps? I think that what attracts me the most about vamps is their immortality. And the fact that usually they're depicted as Greek Gods and Goddesses, in the flesh, forever walking around in the perfect body. Who wouldn't want that for eternity? I do understand that living forever could get tiresome, but to be able to live through all that history would be far too enticing for me.


  6. Very fun interview. The appeal about these characters are that they're dangerous and can live forever, so they don't really worry about the consequences.


  7. What a great interview, Ellie.

    Sorry I didn't swing by on Monday...but it was great finding out more about you!

    Woo Hoo on the release!

  8. Very fun interview! I'd want to see Atlantis, too. But would you need scuba gear to do it?

    Best of luck with Broken Illusions!