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Ellen Denham

In Which Marper Visits a Witch, fiction, Issue 19, June 1, 2012

Ellen Denham was an active child, given to fits of jumping up and down excitedly. By the time she was in her teens, much of this energy had been channeled into drama and music. She currently lives in Indianapolis, teaching voice at Earlham College, a First-Year Seminar at Butler University, and singing opera. She no longer has fits of jumping up and down (ok, not very often anyway), but regularly has fits of writing. She learned most of what she knows about writing from attending the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her fiction has been published in Mythic Circle and Hypersonic Tales and her written works for the stage have been performed by the Butler Ballet and the Indy Convergence.


Get to Know Ellen...

Birthdate?  January 11
 
When did you start writing? Almost as soon as I could hold a pen!
 
When and what and where did you first get published?  I've written nonfiction for Classical Singer magazine and others as well as the story for a full-length ballet performed in 2003. My first fiction sale was in 2009 in Hypersonic Tales, a webzine that has since closed.
 
What themes do you like to write about? I tend to write about human experience with the "other," whether that be mythical creatures or aliens. Another common theme is human interaction with or alienation from nature.
 
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I grew up on The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down. I love being transported to another world. My favorite books and stories end with a "eucatastrophe—" an ending that may seem happy on the surface but comes at great cost, or the flip side of this, which would be a seemingly tragic ending with a glimmer of hope for the future. This is true of my longer fiction. My short fiction tends to be more experimental and all over the map.


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