Mary Ellis – Real Life Romantic Interview – Part 1 of 3

Shannon here: Mary Ellis shares a glimpse into her real life romance and a chance to win her latest release: Abigail’s New Hope. Comment on any post dated March 28 – April 2 for a chance to win. Deadline: March 28, midnight central time. Here’s Mary:

1. What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?

He tried to surprise me with a new convertible car—something I’ve wanted for years.

2. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?

After a particularly grueling construction project, I scheduled a getaway to the charming Balsam Mountain Inn in the Smoky Mountains, NC. for a one-week respite.

3. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?

The Hotel Chateau Fronternac in historic, romantic Old Quebec, Canada.

4. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?

Yes, it’s called The Oaks in southern Medina County, Ohio. It’s a rambling old mansion and garden—think the Great Gatsby era.

5. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?

Of course, Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. Every time I read an article on how to improve fiction writing, they always advise to reduce adverbs. I think about that song…and smile!

6. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?

A big fat diamond ring, since my engagement ring was purchased during college and is quite miniscule (but I loved it anyway!)

7. What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?

Oh dear, I can’t think of anything more romantic than his gasoline powered leaf-blower. I promise to try harder.

About Mary: Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. They love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life. This is her first series of novels set in the Amish community. Learn more at:

Come back March 30 for Mary Ellis’ fictional romantic interview featuring the hero and heroine from Abigail’s New Hope.

14 Responses to “Mary Ellis – Real Life Romantic Interview – Part 1 of 3”

  • Kim Ferland says:

    I see from Mary’s answers that she also likes to travel as each romantic setting was in a very different place! I’m sure all her travels add to her stories.

  • Marianne says:

    I have not read many of Mary’s books, but the ones i have, i enjoyed! Thanks for the interview, Shannon and the chance to win Abigail’s New Hope. Do you save your car for when you can drive it with the top down, Mary? That is so cool

  • Sue Laitinen says:

    Absolutely loved the Miller Family series by Mary. I was depressed when it ended, lol. I am looking forward to reading this new series, and would absolutely love to win a copy!
    Shannon, I enjoy reading the interviews. They always put a smile on my face.

  • I received an e-mail from Deniece McDaris. She tried to comment on the blog, but couldn’t, so I’m pasting her message for her:

    I am enjoying the blog interview with Mary Ellis…..I have tryed to commet in order to register for the free book, but it tells me my email is incorrect….so I am trying this way….thank you

  • Glad everyone is enjoying the interview. Sue, you made my day. I love helping people smile.

  • Judy K Burgi says:

    I have read all of Mary’s books. Can’t wait to read Abigail’s hope. Winning this book would be awesome!

    By the way, I loved the interview. Can’t wait to read more about Mary!

  • Pam Burke says:

    I have read and enjoyed some of Mary’s books and am looking forward to this next one. Would love the chance to win!

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  • Lois Klobucher says:

    I love all of Mary’s book and I love her but she really sounds spoiled by her husband,;~)) good for her ;~)) I think I will have my husband read some of this interview maybe he will get some ideas. Loved the interview ;~))

  • Donna J krueger says:

    Love the interview and I enjoy your books so much Mary. Keep on writing so we can keep on reading !!

  • Julie says:

    I discovered Mary’s books several months ago and have read everyone available in my library. Looking forward to reading the newest one!

  • Mary Ellis says:

    thanks everyone for dropping by Shannon’s blog and leaving replies! to answer your question, Marianne, yes, I drive my 1998 Mercury Mystique with 120,000 miles for half the year (we get tons of snow in Medina County, Ohio) and my convertible for the other half the year. I just reread the interview…and I DO sound spoiled, which is hilarious! It’s just that hubby & I have been married many, many years and have scrimped & saved like most folks. Now that we’re getting up there in years, he thought I should have a “fun” car. And I do love it! (but it would have been more fun when I was younger! hahaha) good luck everyone on the drawing!
    mary ellis

  • Lanitha says:

    Sounds exciting! 🙂 I can’t wait to read the new book! 🙂

  • Bobbie Wiseman says:

    I would love to win a new book to read.

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