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.
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
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, 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.
To Love A Stranger, Kris Faatz,
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, 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.
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, 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, 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 Honeymoon, Dinitia Smith, - What makes a writer effective? What equips them to address the important issues of their day? What makes their work of lasting value?