Friday Fiction Finds ~ The Truth About Ellen by Sarah Louise Smith

May 22, 2015 by

Friday Fiction Finds ~ The Truth About Ellen by Sarah Louise Smith

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Have you ever wanted to date a pop star? Author Sarah Louise Smith visits Friday Fiction Finds to tell us about the release of her latest chick lit novel The Truth About Ellen, released just this week. Fans are excited about Sarah’s latest book, her fourth in the chick-lit / romantic comedy genre. Congratulations to Sarah on her latest release. Let’s find out more about this newest book, plus a little about Sarah in an exclusive author interview.

About the Book

The Truth About Ellen

It’s every girl’s dream to date a pop star… When Ellen starts dating Tom, a member of the band she adored as a teenager, she can’t believe how lucky she is. She neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it? Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-bandmate/ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past. That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything Ellen has ever dreamed of…


Author Interview with Sarah Louise Smith

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Sarah Louise Smith

What inspired you to write this book?

This story has been spiraling around in my mind for a long time. Ellen was a huge fan of a band in her teen years, and I was very similar in that respect; I was a bit of a groupie to be honest, and I still enjoy some of those same bands now. So, I guess it almost started off as a short fan fiction piece but became something much more.

How did you pick the title?

Ellen doesn’t tell the whole truth to Tom, the guy she starts dating. It’s not a big deal at the time but becomes so because of her omission. A character actually says in the novel that it’s time to learn “the truth about Ellen” – so this seemed a pretty catchy title for the book.

While writing the novel, did you relate more to any one character than the others? If so, which one, and why?

Definitely to Ellen for the reasons above. Even has an adult, she gets a little over-excited meeting her favourite celebrities, which is definitely like me. I think I often have similar traits, interests, etc. to my main characters. I guess that’s natural, esp. when writing in the first person.

Do you plot out a book in advance, or do you allow the story and characters to dictate how the book will play out on the pages?

I plot in advance, but I’m adaptable so I often change my plan depending on where the characters lead me and what’s happening. I wanted a different ending to this story originally, but changed my mind.

If you could meet any author (living or dead) for lunch and a one-on-one chat, which author would you choose and why?

Jane Austen. For me, she’s the original chick lit author, way ahead of her time with her romantic comedy. I adore her books and would love to go backizzy-cover in time and have lunch with her!

How many books have you written? If more than one, do you have a favorite? If so, which book and why?

This is my fourth book. My favourite is possibly this one, but I also really like Izzy’s Cold Feet. There’s just something about that story that stays with me.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? Do you write every single day?

I have a full-time job so it’s hard to write every day and run a home, etc. I tend to write in a flurry, lots of words in one day, then won’t write anything again for a week or two.

Who are some of your favorite authors, and do you feel they have influenced your work?

As I mentioned above, Jane Austen. More modern authors I enjoy are Paige Toon, Marian Keyes, Lindsey Kelk … I enjoy fun, light chick-lit with some twists.

What writing project are you working on now?

I need to start my next book. I’ve got a bunch of ideas … watch this space.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to write a book?

Just sit down and write. Don’t procrastinate or make excuses. Make it happen.


The Truth About Ellen is available to buy from:The-Truth-About-Ellen cover

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About Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, England with her husband, step-daughter, loopy golden retriever and cheeky tortie cat. Sarah has been writing stories since she can remember and has so far completed four chick-lit novels, all published by Crooked Cat: Amy & ZachIzzy’s Cold FeetIndependent Jenny, and The Truth About Ellen.

Connect with Sarah:

Twitter @sarahsmith16


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  1. Sounds like my kind of book. I’m always a sucker for a good rock star romance. 🙂

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Catherine, I’ve read your book and it rocks the house! Looking forward to hosting you on Friday Fiction Finds next week. ~ Kathleen