Ellen Plotkin Mulholland grew up in Southern California on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered that world with fiction, spending hours at the local library reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett, and Mick Kelly. As a teen, Ellen daydreamed about the mysterious universe and all its complexities. Books kept her sane, and she hoped one day to write stories and create characters that would help other young people make sense of their worlds--or invent enchanted creatures to keep them company.
After earning her degree in journalism and English Literature at the University of Southern California, Ellen moved to London for two years then settled in Northern California to raise a family. More than reading and writing, she loves to bake and is certain Meyer lemons can turn any recipe into a magical delight. For more about Ellen and her stories please check out her website.
What I love about Ellen's writing...
The first thing I noticed about Ellen's writing was how it is so incredibly full of heart. She has a beautiful knack for making a big impact with quiet stories. She aims to represent so many different kinds of people in her stories and I can feel her love for her characters coming through the page. She's super creative and has a fun style that makes me smile through the entire story.