Author Shares



What to share? Here are a few little known things about me, mostly as a kid.

I had a pet squirrel (ChiChi) who was hand raised and returned to the wild successfully. She returned to show me her baby one Thanksgiving. I’ve also rescued baby rabbits and fed a bat with a medicine dropper.

As a toddler, I repeatedly told my mother about a man who stood over my crib at night. He had a big hat with a feather.

I joined with other neighborhood kids to build forts out of metal siding. Our constructed town was called Springville. A spring trickled through the main street.

As a ROTC cadet in college, I threw up on my first and only trainer flight. I blame it on a breakfast of orange juice and candy bars.

Coming from a large family (7 kids), I always longed for a quiet place. Not surprisingly, I read a lot.

Why write for children? Because children can (and will) change the world.

“I don’t want to write for adults. I want to write for readers who can perform miracles. Only children perform miracles when they read.”   Astrid Lindgren


Maggie & Millie


  1. gourdesdames · April 10, 2015

    I love your remembrance as a toddler of that mysterious hatted man with a feather… Have you tried illustrating him?


    • ellisnelson · April 10, 2015

      No. There is an image of a Christmas with a ghostly figure with a big hat, standing behind us. My mother always believed it was the ghost of an early Dutch settler from pre-Colonial NY. The idea of Dutch ghosts did fuel a novel I wrote and am circulating that amongst agents.

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      • gourdesdames · April 10, 2015

        In England they love the tradition of ghost story writing! Good luck with your novel!


  2. ghostbusterbev · May 21, 2015

    Ellis, I can relate to your need for quiet..I am the youngest of nine children.

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  3. mythosophy · June 21, 2015

    Hi Ellis,

    Thank you for the visit and the like. I really appreciate the work you do with “story.”
    Very intrigued with the man with “the big hat.” …perhaps, a teaching, guiding presence…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. plainandsimplepress · July 8, 2015

    What a fun page! I love this idea.

    Thanks for the “like” at Writers Plain & Simple, by the way. 🙂


  5. Janet Soutar · August 13, 2015

    Thanks Ellis for your kind visit to my blog..I also am one of a large family and I am sure it enhances our artistic vision and in my case a love of chaos !! 😀


  6. Kim Reid Studio · September 3, 2015

    Thanks for visiting my editorial illustration page. Starting connections with authors like you is important.


  7. jilrob · September 8, 2015

    Thanks for your visit to my blog. I too came from a big family (6 girls) and always escaped the hubbub in the world of books. I can’t say enough about how important it is for kids to have those alternative worlds to visit.


  8. Katy Kelleher · September 14, 2015

    Children will change the world! I love that. That’s also why I teach writing to children—because their brains are so big and open (and so are their eyes and hearts).


  9. malikaddickerson · October 30, 2015

    Thank you for liking my book Ellis! I’m the middle of 3 but I too am a squirrel and animal lover and tried to build a town out of snow every winter when I was a kid lol! If you do buy my book, I would love to hear what you think about it – cheers 🙂


  10. sdanderson432 · November 21, 2015

    Ellis, may I also spotlight you on my blog?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Artist Helene V Gross · December 15, 2015

    Hello Ellis, I grew up listening and watching Pippi Longstocking written by Astrid Lindgren. She was a wonderful storyteller and had a great imagination but most of all made girls feel very strong and intelligent:) Your way of writing is very ‘musical’ you have a way with words. As a fellow author I love to read others books. Reading is something I do all the time.


    • ellisnelson · December 15, 2015

      I grew up with Pippi too! Thanks for the compliment on my writing.


      • Artist Helene V Gross · December 18, 2015

        Did you live in Sweden or the Scandinavian countries?


      • ellisnelson · December 18, 2015

        No, but the Pippi books are popular in the US, too.


      • Artist Helene V Gross · December 18, 2015

        Of course:) lol. I and my children grew up living the life of being powerful as a girl was normal and we could be whatever we wanted to be:) I guess it made me not reflect when I wanted to try new things like being and artist or actress or author….it was just something I wanted to try and did:) I sometimes feel I wish I had the 100% certainty that I had then….I miss that. Now I think more before doing..before I just did and maybe thought afterwards…haha


      • ellisnelson · December 18, 2015

        Guess I’m a bit opposite. I followed the conventional approach out of a working class family. Did what my parents wanted, got the scholarship, competed with men (science & military). Very unconventional at the time given the first women at West Point went in 1976. I had very early leanings toward art, writing, and spirituality but those could only be honored late in life. It also makes me reflect on what women today experience. My daughter’s generation has no idea what women of her grandmother’s generation went through in a culture that did not support opening opportunity for women. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law thinks “women’s lib” ruined her life by “making her a second class citizen.” So much for opportunity.

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  12. Artist Helene V Gross · December 18, 2015

    I competed while I was growing up with boys/men in sports and intellect. I grew up with a lot of cousins many of them boys. We dared each other to climb the highest trees and swing the highest and then jump off… sometimes it wasn’t the smartest thing to do.. I remember not having fun playing with some of the other girls because they didn’t want to compete…tennis, running, sailing, climbing, skiing and I always had a love for books. Being a natural I would never get lost in the woods. My grandfathers estate had acres and acres of old woods and we would go there everyday and play cowboys and indians, build tepees, gather berries and other fruits we could eat…this is the summers of course. If it had been winter we would be skiing or building snowmen or having snow fights….great memories


  13. thebrilliantbeastblog · February 25, 2016

    This was amazing to read. Thank you for sharing these stories!


  14. Penny Espinoza · June 9, 2016

    First of all, thank you so much for liking my post. I too come from a large family of five girls and one boy. I was the youngest, and I’m sure my brother was relieved to be the oldest. : )
    Creating my first children’s book has been great fun, indeed! The publishing process has been quite a challenge, but I am crossing my fingers that my first children’s book will entertain many young readers for years to come. Thanks again for stopping by my author page.


    • ellisnelson · June 9, 2016

      Good luck, Penny!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Penny Espinoza · June 9, 2016

        Thank you so much, Ellis. : ) I really enjoyed your memories of childhood. Being a child of the 70’s was the very best! We could run around the neighborhood, and play outside ’til after dark. I never wore shoes, and loved every minute of it. You brought back so many memories for me. Thank you! And best of luck to you, too.


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