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It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab an Americano and meet Tim Ellis...

Latte, cappuccino, regular? What’s your coffee time pleasure?

Regular: Strong, milk and one sugar (I'm dieting) – its called Americana over here!

Ah-hem...there's sugar in that! What flavour cookie would you like with that?

Chocolate - always dark triple chocolate.

I'm salivating at the thought! And since you're on a diet I might have to nick it off you! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date? 

I contributed a case study to a management book about educational management and am listed as a contributor: 

Writing my PhD thesis: Re-Conceptualising the Secondary School as an Organisation, which had a word count of 93,000 words and made me realise that if I could write that I could write a novel.

Writing nine novels and a collection of short stories.

Big congrats to you - you've certainly been a busy boy! Who is your hero and why?

I don't have heroes, what I have is great self-belief. I do, however, have people I admire as writers, and when reading their books it made me realise that I could write as well: Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell, JRR Tolkein, Leon Uris, Alexander Cordell, and RJ Ellory.

Self-belief is a great thing to have as a writer! Go you! Which word best defines your writing?

Eclectic - I like to try anything and everything. Well, nearly everything! I don't do Chicklit or Romance, but I'm currently looking at writing a Steampunk novel and I’ve already started a Military SciFi novel called The War Without End. My resume already includes books in the historical, crime, fantasy, and scifi genres.

Go on...try a bit of chicklit! What’s the most recent thing that made you laugh?

People send my wife jokes and videos on a daily basis, and she emails them to me. The last one was funny headstones, and one said, 'I told you I was sick.’

Which book is on your coffee table right now?

The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimmler.

What was the name of your first pet?

I had a dog called Patch when I was about 7, but he got knocked down by a car. Now, I've got five Shitzhus called Frodo, Mim, Buddy, Daisy & Coco.

A full house, then! Know the feeling, I've got 8 rescue cats! Who is your favourite character and why?

In other people’s books: Gollum in Lord of the Rings - a brilliant creation with a pot pourri of personality traits.

In my books: I love creating characters, and I think my characters are 3D, but I had lots of fun with the array of characters in Orc Quest: Prophecy. Nub the Goblin is sneaky, but honourable; Alfick the Dwarf is grumpy, but wants to be liked, and… Well, read it and see.

I love creating characters, too. I've now made up the perfect man! What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Having written Warrior: Path of Destiny and informing my Sixth Form Psychology/Sociology students (all girls) that it was available on Amazon, one came in - having bought it - and made reference to a sex scene. I’m not often lost for words, but…

Ooh - don't they know even teachers know what sex it? Still, I couldn't imagine my teachers knowing about it when I was at school. Ew!

You can catch up with Tim on his website.

Happy Reading!

Sibel xx