Ellen is the Agatha Award-winning author of he bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. MARDI GRAS MURDER won the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel and was nominated for th Best Humorous Mystery award by the Left Coast Crime conference. A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING and BODY ON THE BAYOU both won the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and were nominated for an Agatha Award in the category of Best Contemporary Novel. Ellen 's debut ovel in this series, PLANTATION SHUDDERS, was nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards, and made the USA Today Bestseller list. HERE COMES THE BODY, the tenth memoi in her Catering Hall Mysteries, will launch in March 2020 under the name Maria DiRico.
Ellen 's TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as ofte as network and cable pilots. As a blogger, she 's written over 200 magazine articles for national publications. She subsequently served on the Editorial Board for the UCLA Writers Program 's books, Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room. Her plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include the popular Graceland and Asleep on the Wind. Fun fact: she worked for Martha Stewart as a cater-waiter. You an understan her in the early editions of ENTERTAINING, standing next to Martha in a group photo.
Th graduate of Tulane University, Ellen lives in the Los Angeles area with her stepson, aughter, and he family ’ s spoiled rescue dogs, which they defin as a “ corgi-jack-huahua ” and a “ cherrier. ” A native New Yorker, Ellen still misses her hometown… and still drives like a New York cabbie.