Ellen Stonaker writes middle grade fantasy with wisps of magic, adventure,
and the occasional made-up word. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two Alaskan klee kai and enjoys traveling and seeing the world.  She works in Financial Services during the day. By night, she escapes into her worlds and creates colorful characters with strong ideas of their own.

When she isn’t writing, Ellen enjoys studying languages and loves a good afternoon tea.

Ellen’s novel, LACY AND THE BUTTER BEES, was selected for Pitch Wars.

Lonely 11-year-old Lacy Lancaster runs a pastry company full of magical butter bees. When a rotten tomato lady and her orphanage move next door, Lacy schemes to adopt three friends, even if it means risking her biggest secret of all.

Very important basic tidbits:

Sign: Libra

Favorite season: Spring and Fall

Favorite place to write: Outside on my back porch (especially in spring!)

Favorite sports team: LSU Tigers Football

Favorite animal: All the animals

Favorite colors: Pale pink, white, gold

And now for a Fun (and a little frightening) Q&A with Ellen:

If you had to flee the country, where would you choose to live? 

Easy—the English countryside or an island in Southeast Asia

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

Not long, but my husband might last a while, so hopefully he takes me with him!

Which of your personality traits has been the most useful?

Curiosity and the need for continual growth.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Riding the school bus. We used to bring things to trade and sit in the back so bumps made us bounce really high. One time, I traded some pencils for a Furby.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

One time I went to Istanbul by myself for a long weekend. Another time, I quit my job, sold everything that wouldn’t pack into my Toyota Corolla, then drove from New Jersey to Louisiana by myself to start a new life. Neither were safe, but I don’t regret doing either. Both were exactly what I needed at the time.

What books impacted you most growing up?

The Boxcar Children series made me fall in love with reading. The Dear America series made me fall in love with Historical Fiction, my favorite genre that I don’t write.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

Car. I get car sick and bad drivers make me nervous. Unfortunately, we don’t have many alternatives where I live. I wish I could take trains everywhere. I also love flying and going to the airport.

A man walks up to you and says he’s going to transform you into the animal of your choice and there’s nothing you can do about it. Which animal do you choose?

Some kind of bird. Having wings would be spectacular.

Have you ever seen your Doppelganger?

No, but apparently other people have.

What’s the hardest part about writing?

Staying disciplined and fear of failure—similar to any endeavor, I suppose.

What’s the best part about writing?

Creating new worlds and characters, connecting with others who enjoy my work, seeing writing friends succeed, reading a line I wrote and feeling like it isn’t terrible—so many things!

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