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After an early career as a modern dancer, Ellen earned her BA in English & Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York and her MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Raised in Cleveland, OH, she has lived all over the US as well as in Bahrain in the middle east, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, she and her husband Rick live in Paris, France. She published her debut novel in 2010 and has taught fiction classes since 2012.
I’ve always been an outsider and being an expat had only made me more so, but I feel like my fictional characters have shown me better ways to manage. My characters are freaks, seers, those who hear voices, and those who whisper in other people’s ears. They are misfits, all of them, but misfits who’ve embraced their outsider-ness rather than hide it. They exist in worlds where, no matter what they do, they will never fit in, but to a person, they’ve found self-acceptance and peace, each in their own way. May we all be so blessed.
I would be happy to meet with your book club or your writing group