Ann Dee Ellis:Mormon Author

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Ann Dee Ellis Mormon author

Ann Dee (pronounced “Andy”) Ellis is an American author and writing teacher.

Ellis was born in Provo, Utah. She served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hong Kong. She received a master’s degree from Brigham Young University, where she is an instructor for creative writing for children and young adults.

She started writing for teens after taking a class from writer/professor Louise Plummer and deciding that writing about things that mattered to her would be more fun than writing computer manuals. She took the first fifty pages of her first published novel to a Writing for Young Readers Conference at BYU and left with an agent and eventually a book contract. This Is What I Did is her first published book (2007). Everything Is Fine followed in 2009 and The End or Something Like That was published in 2014. Her first book received three starred reviews and was listed on Voice of Youth Advocates 2007, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults for 2007, and was a 2008 International Reading Association honor book.

She and her husband, Cameron, have three sons.