Hi, I’m a writer, published in Image Journal, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, EAP, Barrelhouse, River Teeth, and elsewhere. For two decades, I practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi. When I turned to writing, I wrote radio commentaries, magazine columns, short stories, and essays. Paraclete Press published my first book, Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God, in 2009. I have two Pushcart nominations, a Pushcart Special Mention, and a Peter Taylor Fellowship. I self-published two novels, a bespoke novel, and a writing “how to” book. I also have an award-winning audio short story collection, Cain’t Do Nothing with Love, that’s been downloaded over 50,000 times worldwide.
My current project is the novel, IN THE NAME OF MISSISSIPPI, which recently placed 2nd in the William Faulkner Literary Competition. The first chapter also long-listed in the Craft First Chapter contest. Earlier versions were Short List Finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition (novel-in-progress) and semi-finalist (25/600) in the James Jones First Novel Competition. If you know of an agent who might be interested, I have a contact page. 🙂
I divide my time between New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
peace in creativity, Ellen
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