About Me

P5-5367aI adore writing and reading children’s books especially middle grade fiction and picture books.

I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University, an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BS from Villanova University. I’ve been a naval officer, adjunct professor, middle school teacher, fundraiser, local newsletter writer, and all around volunteer.


Member-badges3-300x260A long time member of SCBWI, I received an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition and worked with Highlights/Calkins Creek editor Carolyn Yoder and Jane Yolen at Highlights Foundation Retreats and Workshops. I’ve been published in Blaze Magazine for Horse Crazy Kids.

Why I Write For Children

I was the middle child with all the perks and foibles that come with being the middle child. There were close to 100 baby photos of my older sister and an equal number of my younger sister. But there were only two baby pictures of me.

My mother insisted it wasn’t because I was the typical neglected middle child. Rather it was because I was a homely baby and I looked like a boy. (That was supposed to make me feel better.)Baby Ellen 2

But that’s all in the past…really. It doesn’t bother me at all.

Okay, so maybe a part of me is stuck back in childhood, and that’s why I write primarily for children.