Meet Ella. And her bad boys.
In my first novel, I am Ella. Buy me, Ella works for a bad boss and falls for a bad boy. Been there, done that, got the nervous tick to prove it.
Her boss, Peter is a chauvinist pig and proud of it. Well it was the 80s. We’ve all met his ilk. You probably handled them better than I did. Hopefully, you didn’t handle them at all.
One charmer actually had the front to ask me: I’ve never had you, have I?
It was the worrying level of uncertainty that got me. Obviously, I was just one in a long line of blonde copywriters and he was too befuddled to tell us apart. Very flattering. Oh and for the record, the answer was a very definite, No.
As for the bad boy in Ella’s life, she falls for rising singing star, Tom. Like all cads, he homes in when she’s at her lowest ebb. It’s no plot-spoiler to say Peter fires her the first chance he gets. Enter Tom, the man who refers to himself in the third person but always puts himself first.
They may be reluctant to admit it but most women I know have had at least one Tom in their life. These men are experts in gaining our trust. They play the nice guy for just long enough to convince us they are the real deal and get us hooked. Then, the minute our backs are turned, they’re getting it on with their next victim. Close encounters with callow youths are often an exciting but disturbing rite of passage. Like all toxic substances, these boys are highly addictive. Cold turkey is the only way to go. Step away from the phone.
Meet Ella. You’ll like her. In some ways she’s just like you.
About The Book
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?
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.