A Journey of Self-Publishing
So, who is this author Ella Burns and what is she all about?
While you can read my author profile on Amazon or Goodreads or other places, those don’t really paint a perfect picture. (Or at least mine doesn’t, as I didn’t feel writing a book-length bio was for me!)
Where shall I start? Well first, I was a baby…. Nah, I’m just kidding. Too far back.
When I was in the fifth grade, I was in a split class with two grades (so one teacher for a class of grade four and five) Consequently, I had few friends my own age that year. That summer, I signed up for a book club at my local library. Basically, you read books and mark them on a chart. I read almost a hundred books that summer. I was ten.
From then on, I couldn’t stop. I was hooked.
Going into high school, I had a college reading level and immediately fell in love with English class. I found it easy to me, simply because I read so much that the concepts were familiar to me. I may not have been able to say why, but I could tell if a sentence sounded off.
I then went through my teenage emo phase where I wrote bad, dark poetry and prose. (Okay, I’ll give myself a break. Some of it was decent, and I even had a poem published when I was about fifteen which was cool.) That evolved into a love of writing that lasted many, many years.
As I got older, I still read and wrote a lot but also go into art. I would draw trippy full-page abstract designs and patterns.
Really, I loved to create. Period.
When I was about fifteen, I came up with a story idea. I wanted to have two zombies who were in love and had to cross a country to find each other. Simple enough. I wanted a zombie love story.
Well, for fifteen years that sat on the backburner until finally, in January of 2019 I was sitting talking to my partner about goals for the coming year. Now let me say, I am not big on new year's resolutions. I feel like you should be able to make a plan/goal/resolution and time and stick to it. Nonetheless, I told him that in 2019, I would publish my first book.
At the time I was reading a cool romance story that was like a retelling of a classic myth so I decided, I wanted to do that.
A month later I realized I suck at writing romance.
Back to the drawing board.
So one day, I was just sitting at my laptop and wrote a scene about a zombie who was stuck in a hotel room and couldn’t get out. He was cursing the doorknob because he knew it was his way out but he just couldn’t figure it out.
Thus, my idea from fifteen years ago began to take form.
Over the next six months, I not only finished that novel and wrote a few super fun short stories, came up with a dozen more different story ideas, and got accepted into my first anthology.
I started talking to independent authors and decided, this is how I wanted to do it. I wanted to own it and publish my own stuff. I learned a LOT. I read books, read articles, spoke to people, and basically looked under every rock to find out HOW I could make this a thing. A real, feasible thing.
A year later in 2020, I quit my day job and began publishing as Ella Burns, focusing on dark and romantic fiction. Yes, I learned to write kissing books and romances, it just took time. I also still write zombie fiction under another pen name, and publish/run horror anthologies.
I don’t know yet where this journey is going to take me, but there are two things I am sure of.
I will never stop reading, and I will never stop writing.
Since August 2019, I have published twelve novels and appeared in another half dozen with no thoughts of slowing down.
Follow your passions and what you love doing.
Never take for granted those who support you.
And always, keep reading.