Interview with author Ellie Baker
When did you decide to become a writer? I realised how much I enjoyed playing with words. Before children I enjoyed writing journals, letters and reports for my job. When I had three pre-schoolers writing short stories and poems was a creative outlet and escape. Once I had written many and re-read them, I thought they were worth sharing. So I added being a writer as one of the things I do.
Why do you write? To empty my head of the words and ideas that are bursting to get out and be seen by someone else.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I am continually evolving creatively. I love being creative with food, art materials, photos, upcycling. To keep up these more tactile creative processes is essential to keep your creativity exercised. Use it or lose it.
What is the hardest thing about writing? Making your work public. Pressing the SEND button when you have to email your copy to a reader/editor. Terrifying!
Do you let the book, Migrant Emotions, stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? Writing my book was a slow process, so a time period of absence was a relief. It was refreshing to re-read what I had written a while ago. It instigated both smiles and winces. I have learnt to be aware of over self-editing. I’m sure I changed and changed back my work a few times. There comes a time when you need to get another person in to read the work. You have to know when to walk away from your work.
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. I researched online ways to get a cover then realised I wanted to talk to the designer face to face. The person I had chosen to edit my book recommended a designer. I met her, and looked at the samples of books she had designed both the cover and the layout/font/ style of the book. Meeting her was a great help in her understanding the flavour and tone I wanted for the book cover and book style. She came up with 3-4 samples and with more discussion, we came up with a cover and book design we were happy with.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? It is what you risk when you go public. I have tried hard to make my book and blog the best it could be. If someone doesn’t like it, it is their opinion. I would like the reviewer to be clear on what they don’t like about it.