was born in the UK, and grew up in South East London during the 1950's.
The area was tough, with many of the local men working in the docks or
on the River Thames. As a child he became aware of life as it happened
around him, and captured these events in his mind. Steve chose to make
his career in Information Technology. Starting in the early days of
desktop computing, it progressed through to the advanced systems that
now dominate the technological world that we know today. The various
positions that he held gave him exposure to a wide and interesting
range of computer technology in the internationally arena. During his
work and travel, Steve continued the process of observation of life
around him that he had first established in his childhood.
When he retired he moved initially to Toronto, and then to Guelph,
Ontario. Where he lives with his wife.
Being an avid reader, Steve eventually took the plunge and tried his
hand at writing a novel, 'Unwitting Enemy'. In his book, Steve draws
his ideas from places he has visited and things he has seen, as well as
from his background in the world of technology.
also can be found on his blog site 'Writers block
An interview with Steve Ellis
by Smashwords the publishers of Unwitting Enemy
Where did you grow up, and how did
this influence your writing?
I grew up in South East London, back
in the 1950’s – 60’s. It was a tough Inner City, Docklands area. When I
started working I moved away from London, although I returned regularly
to visit my parents. Over the years, my various jobs gave me the
opportunity to travel to many countries and see other ways of life.
So in answer to the question, I
believe that my writing is influenced by things I have seen and places
I have been. The world is a tough place, and I believe that the lives
of its people are formed by their environment. But what interests me
greatly, is that everyone can and do make choices, for good or for bad.
In many cases I find those choices heart warming, and at the other
extreme, very disturbing.
When did you first start writing?
When I retired, I found that I had
time to reflect and be creative.
What’s the story behind ‘Unwitting
I have always enjoyed stories by the
likes of Lee Child, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, David Baldacci and James
Patterson. I guess that my style has been influenced by what I have
Unwitting Enemy begins with David
Bryant, an MI6 agent, being captured by persons unknown. The Bryant
character, has a background that would not make him the first choice
for an MI6 agent. Following Bryant's rescue, a series of chance events
lead to the discovery of a plot against a friendly nation. The story
line begins in the UK and takes the main characters on an international
race against time. The plot has a bit of everything as one would hope
for. From industrial espionage, and a mole inside MI6, to international
terrorism, and more.
What motivated you to become an indie
That’s an interesting question. In
part it's because of my life long commitment to the constructive use of
technology. As an early adopter of eBooks, I found that I could build a
library and carry it with me wherever went. One that is now approaching
2000 eBooks, but I must confess I have not read all of them. Yet!
As a newbie to writing, I have found
the world of printing and publishing quite daunting. A couple of years
ago I became aware of the indie publisher, Smashwords. After much
thought and research I decided that indie publishing was the way to go
for my first novel.
Please describe your desk?
My desk is wherever I am, at the
cottage sitting on the deck, in a coffee shop enjoying a well brewed
cup, or sitting at home on the couch. My main machine is a
MacBook Pro with MS Word. Also I use my iPad a lot when I'm on the go!
I find that the Apple products play well together.
What is your e-reading device of
After a lifetime of working with
Microsoft products, and being a Windows wizard, I recently
changed camp, and I became an Apple geek!
I needed standardization and an app
that was available across all my devices. I have found that the
Apple iBook's App on my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro works well for me.
I think it’s great because it supports a number of eBook formats, and
best of all, it’s free!