Character Interview I Am Ella. Buy Me. Tour

17 Nov

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I’m hosting a character interview today for the book tour for chicklit / humor / romance novel “I am Ella. Buy Me.” I’m interviewing Peter Richards, one of the characters in the book.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello there. You’d like me to tell you all about me? My pleasure! My name is Peter Richards. I am Creative Director extraordinaire of CBA advertising agency in London’s Soho, where I am responsible for some of the best commercials this side of Madison Avenue. I’m sure you’re familiar with my work for a well-known brand of kettle descaler? If not I’d be happy to enlighten you. It may be the 80s. Britain may be in recession but I still drive a Porsche. If you fancy a spin, climb aboard. Let me check my Filofax – ah you’re in luck – I have a window tomorrow night. I guarantee it’ll be the ride of your life.

What is your role in the story?

Strictly entre-nous, Ella wanted me be to her love interest, and who can blame her, but frankly she’s not my type. The flat-chest and fat thighs don’t do it for me. Tom and Adam are welcome to her. She thinks I don’t know about her and Adam Hart. (He’s an ex-employee of mine. I had to fire him. He thought he was bigger than me. Big mistake.) I’ve seen the pair of them, canoodling over cake in Patisserie Valerie. Back to me and my role in the story. I provide the suave good looks and wit in the story. Handsome and hilarious, a rare combination. Think Mad Men. I am Don Draper to Ella’s Peggy.

 

What is your favorite hobby?

I’ll let you into a little secret. I have a wonderful singing voice. (I know, is there no end to my talents?) A producer for a big label was desperate to sign me but I said, ‘No, my calling is TV commercials.’ Music biz’s loss was Adland’s gain.

What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?

I am at the top of my game. I AM the challenge. And, every Monday morning, I have a long queue of leggy lovelies outside my office desperate to take me on.

 

If you could make one wish, what would it be?

That I never lose my essence. That special something that makes me, me. I don’t question it. I just accept that whatever it is keeps the hotties hot to trot.

 Oh and I wish that Little-Shit-Steve-Winter would drown in a pool of his own effluent. Did I just say that? Don’t print that. No, actually do print it! Serves him right for trying to steal business from under my nose.

Oh is that it? No more questions about me? But I’ve got so much more to say. Look, here’s my card. Call me. I’d be delighted to chat some more over a bottle of Chablis. Caio for now.

About The Book

cover-4-1Title: I am Ella. Buy me.

Author: Joan Ellis

Genre: Humor / Chick lit / Romance

I AM ELLA. BUY ME

‘I am a ginger tom. I am a boy racer. I am a housewife. I am a pain in the arse.’

Ella David is Bridget Jones meets Peggy from Mad Men.

Working in Soho’s mad, bad Adland in the sexist 80s, Ella is a rare beast – a woman in a man’s world, dodging her sleazy boss, Peter.

Based on Joan’s experiences in Soho’s mad, bad Adland, this fast-paced, funny tale is set against a backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain when money trumps morals
and lust is a must. Thankfully, Ella knows love is more powerful but can two unlikely friendships help her go from a girl in the firing line to a woman calling the shots?

Author Bio

JOAN ELLIS 1PBJoan Ellis
Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. With a full-time job in a top London advertising agency and a new baby, she did what any right-minded woman would’ve done and set up a comedy club. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.

A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey Bogart for her award-winning cat food commercial. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith and Harry Enfield.

As a lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising before encouraging him to showcase his talents on a wider stage.

Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’s
great-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!
She was a lecturer in PR and Advertising at Bournemouth University.

She penned a regular column about her daughter for parenting glossy, Junior. Sophie is now eighteen and refuses to read a word her mother writes.

Suffering from swine flu and sweating like a pig, she moved from London to her beloved Isle of Wight where she writes and eats cream teas with her long-suffering husband, daughter and cat.

She recently launched her books at The Ventnor Fringe and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Links

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N7S1MSG
www.amazon.com/dp/B00N7S1MSG
http://www.joan-ellis.com
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23059201

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