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 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 . . .


The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Swanson Weaves Compelling Tale of Alternate Lives

November 1, 2015 1:01 am Published by Comments Off on Swanson Weaves Compelling Tale of Alternate Lives

The Bookseller, Cynthia Swanson, Harper Collins--As Cynthia Swanson’s novel The Bookseller begins we are with Kitty Miller, a thirty-eight-year-old single bookseller, when she wakes up in a bed that is not her own and discovers an alternate life in which she is a married mother of three children.


Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Focus on the Work, Advises Fox

October 1, 2015 1:01 am Published by Comments Off on Focus on the Work, Advises Fox

Days of Awe, Lauren Fox, a tale about a woman’s attempt to piece her life together following the death of her best friend.


The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan

Dugan’s Novel Explores Love and Loss

August 31, 2015 6:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Dugan’s Novel Explores Love and Loss

The Sweetheart Deal, Polly Dugan, Little, Brown and Company -- Polly Dugan’s novel THE SWEETHEART DEAL begins with an intriguing premise: What if you promised your best friend that if he died you would marry his wife?


The Poor Children by April L. Ford

How April Ford Found Her Way to THE POOR CHILDREN and Other Dark Tales

August 1, 2015 4:15 am Published by Comments Off on How April Ford Found Her Way to THE POOR CHILDREN and Other Dark Tales

The Poor Children, April L. Ford, Santa Fe Writers Project -- They bit, they kicked, sometimes they pulled out their own hair in such chunks they left hickey-like marks on their scalps that had to be washed and disinfected and covered with gauze.


The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer

Intuition, Imagination Lead the Way for Packer

July 1, 2015 1:00 am Published by Comments Off on Intuition, Imagination Lead the Way for Packer

The Children's Crusade, Ann Packer, Scribner -- From a young age Ann Packer knew what it meant to be a writer. Her mother was a fiction writer and was a professor at Stanford.


Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon

Finding Unity Amid Diversity in Garden for the Blind

May 29, 2015 4:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Finding Unity Amid Diversity in Garden for the Blind

An interview with Kelly Fordon, Author of Garden for the Blind (Wayne State University Press, 1 April 2015)--In her collection of linked stories, GARDEN FOR THE BLIND, author Kelly Fordon explores questions of race and privilege through the experiences of Alice Townley, a resident of an affluent suburb outside of Detroit. As the story begins Alice loses her sister to an accident.