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

Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone

The Making of a Writer

February 1, 2017 5:06 am Published by Comments Off on The Making of a Writer

Surprise Me, Deena Goldstone, Knopf - In the novel Surprise Me a young writer, Isabelle Rothman, meets her mentor, novelist and Professor Daniel Jablonski, and they form a unique bond that influences them personally and professionally.


Landfall by Julie Hensley

Linked Stories Offer Canvas for Creativity

December 4, 2016 11:32 am Published by Comments Off on Linked Stories Offer Canvas for Creativity

Landfall, Julie Hensley, Ohio State University Press - Julie Hensley credits the start of her writing career to her mother, a librarian who would bring home grocery bags full of books for her to read.


Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

The Unknowable Middle – Ausubel on Crafting a Novel

November 1, 2016 1:10 am Published by Comments Off on The Unknowable Middle – Ausubel on Crafting a Novel

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, Ramona Ausubel, - In her latest novel Ramona Ausubel drew on her family history as an imaginative springboard to explore the lives of a once wealthy family who find themselves dispossessed.


The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

Jennifer Close Draws from Experience in Portrait of Politics and Marriage

September 1, 2016 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on Jennifer Close Draws from Experience in Portrait of Politics and Marriage

The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close - As Election Day draws closer, readers might be tempted to escape the drama with a good book. But, those who love the sport of politics and reading about the intricacies of marriage will find both in Jennifer Close’s novel The Hopefuls.


The Marble Army

Looking for Meaning in THE MARBLE ARMY

June 1, 2016 7:23 am Published by Comments Off on Looking for Meaning in THE MARBLE ARMY

The Marble Army, Gisele Firmino - In her novel, THE MARBLE ARMY, Gisele Firmino explores the impact of war and political oppression on the Fonte family of Brazil.


Late One Night by Lee Martin

Late One Night Draws on Martin’s Rural Roots

April 29, 2016 6:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Late One Night Draws on Martin’s Rural Roots

Late One Night, Lee Martin, - In his latest book, Late One Night, Lee Martin explores the aftermath of a trailer fire, which kills a mother and three children, on a small community.


After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

Found Stories Yield Compelling Fiction

March 31, 2016 8:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Found Stories Yield Compelling Fiction

After the Parade, Lori Ostlund - Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade started as many novels do, with an overheard story. She heard about a woman whose father died falling off a parade float.