Ellen Gardner Gelerman grew up on Long Island, New York, and spent much of her adult life there. She received her BA in English from Indiana University, leading to a lifelong love of English literature as well as a 20-year career as an advertising copywriter.

Though she is retired from her formal career, writing is still her passion. Ellen teaches Zumba for the fun of it and works for progressive causes because the times demand it. She and her husband, who have two grown children, currently live in Michigan with their dogs.