1) Please tell us a little about yourself. Who are you, how old are you, what are your hobbies?
I am Ella David. I am slightly overweight, over-wrought and over-bearing, I am a pain in the arse. I am twenty-five. I should be at my peak but I peaked early, around four when I got a gold star for spelling. Hobbies? You kidding? I work for Peter Richards. I work. Period.
2) What do you want to achieve?
To get out from under Peter Richards. Not that I’ve ever actually been under him, although I know plenty of girls who have.
3) Who or what stands in your way?
4) What is your greatest fear?
I have nightmares about Patisserie Valerie and Maison Bertaux running out of cake.
But my greatest fear is Adam’s girlfriend breaks his heart.
5) Who would you consider your best friend in the entire world?
I’ve got two - Wally and Adam. Wally’s just like my Dad. When his sandwich shop closed down, I got him the job of caretaker at CBA. He’s brilliant. He even let me dress him up as Peter’s secretary and taught me to fandango at the agency party. He’s never been keen on any of my boyfriends but he loves Adam. Before Peter fired Adam, we all used to work together.
Adam’s the funniest, kindest man I’ve met in this business. He’s the only bloke I know who likes chocolate. When I was ill, he did my shopping for me. Bags and bags of biscuits and cake. Brilliant. We’re just friends. He’s got a girlfriend. She’s very thin – probably lives on lettuce. Anyway, I’m seeing Tom. That’s when he’s not spending the night in a Photo-Me-Booth. So, yeah, to answer your question, I guess Adam is my best friend in the entire world.
6) Pick a favorite: ice cream or chocolate.
Do you really need me to answer that? I have a huge box of chocolate in my office ready for a shoot next week. They won’t miss a few bars. I’ll give Adam a call.
Thanks for the chat. Been lovely to meet you. I can hear Peter yelling, so must get back to work! Bye.
Title: I am Ella. Buy me.
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.