Ellen Ziegler has published articles, short stories, essays and poetry in such publications as Hudson Valley Magazine, Woman’s World, Women’s World, The Gannett Newspapers, Golden Quill Press and numerous literary journals. She is an award-winning author, artist, lyricist/composer, teacher, wellness coach and lecturer and has worked as a reporter on the Rockland Journal News.

As the proud grandmother of grandsons Dawson, Collin, Ian and Sam, she was inspired to create Mya Gaines, the twelve-year old heroine of her middle grade and young adult series of novels, starting with “The Garden of Yin Yang”. Ellen wishes to spread a grandmother’s love to all who adventure with Mya – children and adults alike who like to keep their “inner child” alive.

Ellen teaches fiction writing workshops to middle graders, using character, setting, plot, action, hooks, intention and conflict to enhance their own journeys through life developing awareness and self worth.


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