About author, Aven Ellis: Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
Describe yourself in five words: Talkative, Funny, Neurotic, Shopaholic, Loving
What does being a writer mean to you? To me, it means being able to bring people to life with words.
Tell us about your book, “Connectivity”: Connectivity is the story of a young career woman, Mary-Kate (MK) Grant who is working her way up the ladder in television. She has no time or desire for romance in her life. Enter William Cumberland, a British social media mogul, who purchases the place where she works. William upends her life in more ways than one, and MK finds herself questioning everything she wants as a result.
What was your writing/editing/publishing process like? Connectivity poured out of me. I wrote the manuscript in six months (finishing last December) and it was purchased by Soul Mate Publishing the following spring. Editing was a good process–it is amazing what changes an editor can suggest to make a manuscript really shine.
Hard/paperbacks or eBooks? ALL!
How did you celebrate when “Connectivity” was published? I had a night out with a close group of friends to celebrate. Red wine was involved, LOL.
Which other authors inspire you? Sophie Kinsella is very, very funny. I love anyone who can make me laugh when reading!
Describe what would be your ideal day: Ideal day would be getting up early in the morning (I’m a morning person) and workout. Then have a smoothie and cup of coffee and write for several hours.
As an author, what is the best advice you’ve been given? Write your brains out, then write some more, and don’t let anyone tell you no.
What is your favorite writing quote? See above. 🙂
Every writer must have a…: A notepad and pen. Sometimes you just need to kick it old school and scribble ideas.
Can you tell us about any of your upcoming projects? I have two more releases next year with Soul Mate Publishing: Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista. I’m working on the companion book to Fashionista now.
Blurb of “Connectivity” by Aven Ellis:
Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.
MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.
But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.
Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well…
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Margaret Kaine says
I’ve fallen in love with your gorgeous blouse Aven, and as you refer to your heroine as MK, my own initials, I think I must be meant to read ”Connectivity’. Lovely cover too and enjoyable post.
Thank you, Isabella, for having me today!
Margaret–Thank you for all the lovely compliments. 🙂 The blouse is from Banana Republic–they have great blouses!
Lovely interview. I so agree with Aven’s quote: Write your brains out, then write some more, and don’t let anyone tell you no. Obviously this advice has worked for Aven. Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful chick lit read.