Joy Ellis – who describes herself as “an organic writer” because “the books write themselves when you have an idea” – doesn’t recommend writing books as a way to make money. She says the returns don’t cover her ink costs.
However, it’s an outlet for her creativity, as is the flower arranging, something she is doing at the flower festival at Sutterton St Mary’s Church this year.
Joy has also taken up painting, inspired by Lindis Maria at Clockhouse Art Studio at Sutterton.
There’s another book on the go, this time more women’s fiction, but with a police officer at its heart.
And she has been in discussions about a possible Irish TV series based on Mask Wars, so there is hope yet that one of her books will prove profitable.
Interestingly though, Joy says the police work we see on TV bears little resemblance to reality.
She says: “If you write a story about police procedure as it is now you would have no story because DNA can come back so quickly. The police force is mainly manned by civilians and they go out and do interviews.
“I have invented Fenland Constabulary, using Jacqueline as consultant.”