Ellen Birkett Morris

About Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is an award-winning journalist whose interviews and reviews have appeared in Authorlink, Prairie Schooner Online, The Louisville Courier-Journal, and reprinted in the reader’s guides to The Receptionist and Clever Girl. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Antioch Review, South Caroline Review, and Notre Dame Review. Ellen is a regular contributor to Authorlink.

Ellen is an avid reader and channeled her love of writing into a career as a journalist before taking up creative writing herself. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, www.DrKoop.com, and www.womensenews.org.

Ellen’s creative writing crosses genres. She is the author of Surrender, a poetry chapbook. Her fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in journals including Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, wigleaf, Inscape, The Butter, and Shenandoah.

Ellen loves literary fiction, poetry, essays and mysteries. She seeks to interview authors who write beautifully and have a style that is both evocative and accessible.

“I love the work of writers who present unique characters revealed through quirky, particular details. If the characters are believable, I will follow them anywhere. I am less interested in celebrity books that are a collection of random anecdotes. I am looking for a narrative that takes me somewhere.”
Ellen enjoys hearing about where writers get their ideas for work and about the challenges each new book represents.

“It is an honor to talk to writers who share their creative process and talk about the challenges they have overcome. These kinds of insights help us become better writers and better readers.”

Author Archives for Ellen Birkett Morris

Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace

Extraordinary Adventures: A Journey of Discovery

October 1, 2017 5:17 am Published by Comments Off on Extraordinary Adventures: A Journey of Discovery

Extraordinary Adventures, Daniel Wallace, Macmillan - Daniel Wallace is not particularly interested in tracking the origin of his latest novel Extraordinary Adventures. In the years it takes to write a book, Wallace says the creation of the writing starts to get fictionalized.


Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

Stansel Pens Contemporary Western

September 1, 2017 5:36 am Published by Comments Off on Stansel Pens Contemporary Western

The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo, Ian Stansel, Houghton Mifflin - Ian Stansel had been working on a novel for two and a half years when he decided to lay that project aside to write what would become his debut novel, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo.


The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

Goodman Explores the Power of Words and Images in The Chalk Artist

August 1, 2017 5:01 am Published by Comments Off on Goodman Explores the Power of Words and Images in The Chalk Artist

The Chalk Artist, Allegra Goodman, Random House - In her latest novel, Allegra Goodman explores the power of images and words through the prism of a romance between a young teacher named Nina and a chalk artist named Collin and twins Aidan, who is addicted to videogames, and his sister Diana, who are Nina’s students. 


How to Survive a Summer by Nick White

Write the Stories You Want to Write

July 1, 2017 5:00 am Published by Comments Off on Write the Stories You Want to Write

How to Survive a Summer, Nick White, Penguin Random House - Nick White had just started an M.F.A.in Creative Writing at Ohio State University when he received a piece of advice that would change the way he saw himself and his writing.


The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Tell It Slant

June 2, 2017 5:20 am Published by Comments Off on Tell It Slant

The Fall of Lisa Bellow, Susan Perabo, Simon & Schuster -Susan Perabo’s forte is the plight of regular people, people who do their laundry and play board games, dealing with extraordinary circumstances.


The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson

Real Letter Inspires Fictional Tale in The Summer Guest

April 1, 2017 5:00 am Published by Comments Off on Real Letter Inspires Fictional Tale in The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest, Alison Anderson, Harper Collins - In her novel, The Summer Guest, Alison Anderson offers readers a look at a unique friendship between Anton Chekhov and Zinaida Mikhailovna, an ailing doctor, through the pages of Zinaida’s diary.


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Persistence and Grit Guide Rivers and Her Heroine

March 1, 2017 5:09 am Published by Comments Off on Persistence and Grit Guide Rivers and Her Heroine

The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Susan Rivers, Algonquin Books - When Susan Rivers’ agent told her she wouldn’t debut with her first novel, Rivers was disappointed. These words are spoken to many writers, but they came at a particularly difficult time for her.