Let's get acquainted.
I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., and graduated from George Washington University. After graduate school at GWU, I moved to Vermont and taught high school English for twenty-five years. While I was teaching, I wrote articles for The Burlington Free Press and wrote my first novel, The Black Bonnet. Next came Father By Blood, a story about John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry that some say started the Civil War.
Me in 4th grade. I hated
After I left high school teaching, I taught at Spalding University, the University of Vermont and Castleton State College. One of my favorite things is talking to school children about writing.
Me at 14 with bovine friends
near our cabin in Virginia's
Blue Ridge Mountains.
My short stories have won the Ralph Nading Hill Award, the Kingdom Award, and Writers in the Park, Raymond Carver and Writer’s Digest awards for short fiction. My fiction and poems have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Vermont Life, Fine Print, Mobius, Carve, The Teacher’s Voice and the anthologies Cadence of Hooves (Yarroway Mountain Press), High Horse (Fleur de Lis Press) and Tartts 2 (Livingston Press), among others. My essays are included in the anthology Far From Home (Seal Press) and the magazine Sacred Fire. My nonfiction book While in Darkness There is Light (Black Lawrence Press) is set during the Vietnam War era.
I'm currently working in fiction and screenwriting while I help my husband run a bed & breakfast in our treehouse. You can read about it on my blog, "Ellie's House."
Fern Forest Treehouse B&B