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

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.


The Stargazer's Sister

Patience, Persistence Yield The Stargazer’s Sister

February 29, 2016 4:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Patience, Persistence Yield The Stargazer’s Sister

The Stargazer's Sister, Carrie Brown--Eighteen years ago, Carrie Brown was in the car driving her kids to school when she heard an intriguing snippet on the radio about Caroline Herschel, the first female astronomer to discover a comet, and her brother William, a noted astronomer and composer.


Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo

Perabo on the Power of What If

January 29, 2016 4:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Perabo on the Power of What If

Why They Run The Way They Do, Susan Perabo, Simon & Schuster - Susan Perabo didn’t spend her childhood reading like many other writers. She was outside playing ball. She was a college film major before she discovered the power of story by writing plays.


The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

The Muralist Blends Art and History in a Compelling Tale

December 31, 2015 6:43 pm Published by Comments Off on The Muralist Blends Art and History in a Compelling Tale

The Muralist, B.A. Shapiro - B.A. Shapiro is no stranger to blending genres. Her latest, The Muralist, which alternates between modern day and the Depression era is part historical novel, part romance and part mystery.


All We Had

Author Applies Visual Skills to the Creation of Novel

December 1, 2015 8:03 am Published by Comments Off on Author Applies Visual Skills to the Creation of Novel

All We Had, Annie Weatherwax--At first glance, Annie Weatherwax, author of All We Had, seems like an unlikely prospect to be a writer. As a successful sculptor, she sculpted superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics . . .